Saint Ignatius High School received a $5 million gift from The Howley Foundation that will expand the Howley Scholars program at the school. The Howley Scholars program at Saint Ignatius started in 2014 with one high school student. There are currently 29 Howley Scholars at Saint Ignatius High School and The Welsh Academy. This new, 12-year gift commitment will allow Saint Ignatius High School’s program to expand to 36 high school scholars and nine Welsh Academy (middle school) scholars. Scholarship recipients are selected based on the combination of financial need and high academic achievement.
In addition, starting in the 2023-2024 academic year, one Howley Scholar will be chosen as the Rich Clark Memorial Scholar at Saint Ignatius High School. The late Rich Clark was Principal at Saint Ignatius from 1991-2003 and also served other Catholic schools in various leadership roles throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The Clark Scholar will be selected from one of the Partnership Schools’ network of grade schools, where Clark served as the Founding Director until his passing in 2022.
“We are thrilled to continue to support the mission of Saint Ignatius High School and The Welsh Academy with this expansion of the Howley Scholars program,” says Nick Howley, founder and trustee of The Howley Foundation and chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. “The importance of providing access to a quality education in Cleveland for as many students as possible, regardless of economic means, is at the core of the mission of The Howley Foundation.” Howley is 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia and a strong supporter of Jesuit education.
Fr. Raymond P. Guiao, S.J. ’82, President of Saint Ignatius High School, says, “We are so very grateful to The Howley Foundation for this tremendous gift and expansion of the Howley Scholars program here at Saint Ignatius and The Welsh Academy. The Howley Foundation's commitment to our school and allowing accessibility to students from modest economic means helps enrich our community by making a Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition here at Saint Ignatius available to a more diverse group of students.”
About The Howley Foundation
Nick and Lorie Howley founded The Howley Foundation in 2001, with the intent of helping all students, regardless of economic means, receive the best education possible. The Howleys firmly believe that education is one of the most important catalysts to promote positive change in individuals and society as a whole.
Starting with one student scholarship in a local Cleveland Catholic high school, they have grown the foundation and the Howley Scholars Program to provide meaningful tuition assistance to more than 900 scholarship students in two major cities (Cleveland and Philadelphia) and college students around the United States.
Historically, tuition assistance by The Howley Foundation was provided primarily for secondary education. However, in recent years, it has expanded to include scholarship support and selected program assistance at three major levels of education.