Supporting the Lasallian education of students at the poverty line is an investment in the future of these children, their Lasallian schools, and the communities in which they live.[one_half]
Our students are underserved primarily due to their financial situations, but are given the opportunity to develop their potential through a Lasallian education.
Low-income students have historically achieved great success in our schools. They go on to become the beneficiaries of university scholarships and grants that fund their higher education, which hopefully reverses the cycle of poverty.
Scholarships for underserved students benefit Lasallian schools by increasing diversity on campus; whole school communities are made more aware of our responsibility to honor and serve those most in need.
A gift to the scholarship fund is also a gift to the families of recipients, who sacrifice dearly to send their children to our schools and live with the constant worry of meeting tuition payments.
An investment in our needy students is also an investment in their communities. We find that our graduates are often seeking careers in health, education, law, and leadership positions that provide them with an opportunity to serve their communities in an important way. By reversing the cycle of poverty in this generation, you are assuring future generations economic sustainability and prosperity.
Supporting the needs of the Brothers who selflessly spend their lives “in association for the service of the poor through education” is an investment in the future of the Lasallian mission, schools, and Brothers—so that they can continue to serve all children, regardless of their circumstances.
The De La Salle Christian Brothers give, and have given, so much over 300 years; education is the foundation of all opportunity. Yet, in order to continue transforming the lives of children, the Brothers need to cultivate vocations, continue formation, and meet their lifelong needs.
A gift to the lifelong care of the Brothers’ helps these men to continue their mission for the benefit of our communities by meeting their educational, spiritual, healthcare, and retirement needs well into the future.
“My goal was to get out of the ghetto; to rise above crime, poverty and the shame that went with it. I believed a Lasallian education would give me dignity and self-respect. And I can tell you it has.”
Tammy grew up in extreme poverty, the child of a single mother. After falling through the cracks in public schools, she became a participant in the High Potential Program at a Lasallian school. “I looked around the beautiful campus and thought, ‘What am I doing here? I don’t belong here! It’s only a matter of time until they realize that I am not one of them.’ I don’t have a loving and supportive family to go home to on holidays. Plus, I’m not smart: I scored a 580 on the SAT.” Today, Tammy is a lawyer and teacher. She also consults, volunteers, and teaches at Lasallian schools.
“It is with sincerity that I remind you that your support ensures a future for all of us.
Not every kid born of a family of humble and immigrant origins in the heart of downtown L.A. (and raised in the grittier half of Echo Park) can claim to have been fortunate, to take the path that I have taken. The highest rungs of the educational ladder have traditionally been reserved for individuals of more privilege and stability. But the students of Cathedral—like me and other successful past graduates—are your investment. We will continue to strengthen not only our society on a macroscopic level, but also our local communities and—on the most basic level—the perpetual preservation of the Cathedral family. Today, I am a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.“
A Brother’s Story
Brother Dominic Ruegg, FSC
“I like the ‘What’s next?’ in life. What’s the next adventure? Then I just go into it. For example, now I think a lot about death. After all, I’m 95 years old. I think it’s going to be a great adventure. I want nothing to do with fear.”[/one_half_last]