Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to each and every one of our donors who donated to our Giving Tuesday campaign.

Because of you, we were able to raise an incredible $2,045 in just 48 hours! That’s over 1000% of our goal!

During a year of uncertainty and hardship, you came together in record numbers for our students. Thank you. Muchas gracias.

Here’s the breakdown of what Giving Tuesday donations supported this year:

Faculty Professional Development Fund $100.00
Student Scholarship Fund $155.00
General Operations $1,790.00

2020 Giving Tuesday Total = $2,045.00

One of the most amazing things about our St. Augustine College family is how deeply we care for one another. Our community’s generous support of our students and faculty on Giving Tuesday demonstrated just that. This year, our Giving Tuesday campaign saw a 1012.5 % increase in participation compared to 2018. Wow!

Thank you for your incredible generosity.

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Friends,

I hope and pray that you, your family, and friends are safe and healthy.

COVID-19 is impacting and touching all of us in many similar ways but, at the same time, its effect is also different for each individual. At St. Augustine, this disease is striking our students and families in devastating ways. As you may know, many members of our Latino communities have limited education; only approximately 11% of us have a college education. Most of our people work in the service industry, hotels, and restaurants, which have been shut down due to COVID-19.

We have heard from students that both of their parents have been left without jobs. With nowhere to turn, they are suffering economically and mentally. At St. Augustine College, we are doing all we can in support of our people. We are now teaching online so that students can continue their education during this epidemic. Unfortunately, many of our students do not have computers. We had 25 old computers, so we repaired them and lent them to the students.

We are taking other actions to address specific problems.

  • In the summer, we are going to give additional institutional scholarships to close the gap between what students receive as financial aid and other out-of-pocket costs so students will not have to pay tuition.
  • We will allow students to take as many credit hours as they can when full-time students so they can finish their degrees as soon as possible, at no additional cost to them.
  • We will start special certificate programs to retool the skills of people who lost their jobs to allow them to move to different careers.
  • We will create a wellness center to provide mental support and other social services to students.

The need is massive, and that is why I am coming to you for help. I hope you will become an on-going supporter of St. Augustine College students. Today, more than ever, our students need your encouragement.

Areas of need:

  • COVID-19 STUDENT RELIEF FUND. These funds will help us to assist our students in completing their education and retooling their skills to obtain another job and be able to provide for the livelihood of their families.
  • ST. AUGUSTINE CARES UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND. Our ask is to donate and/or share this fundraiser with your networks so we can ensure that St. Augustine’s undocumented families have funds to support their education so that they can concentrate on paying bills, rent, buy groceries, seek medical care, etc.  
  • MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS FUND: Cada Mente Importa “Every Mind Matters” These funds will help us provide psychological support to our students. These funds support a crisis phone line to support members of the Hispanic community affected by the economic consequences of fighting COVID-19. The Wellness Center is staffed by part-time bilingual and bi-cultural faculty members trained in community mental health counseling.

Please consider donating any amount to a purpose of your choice.

You can donate directly at www.staugustine.edu/giving-to-sac  or by sending a check to 1345 W. Argyle Street, Chicago, IL ATTN: Advancement, or making special arrangements with Margaret Wenzel by contacting her at Mwenzel@staugustine.edu.

Thank you for your consideration and your support.

And may our Lord protect you and your family.

Dr. Reyes Gonzalez

Make History – Give Today

The history of St. Augustine College is a history of service and access. We open doors to a transformational education and service opportunities that change lives. Your gift ensures those doors will remain open for all, regardless of a person’s income and social standing.

Why Your Gift Matters
Your gift allows us to invest in people — and that human capital in turn helps the community.

Real needs:

  • 89% of first-generation students nationally leave college within six years without a degree.

Your  Annual Scholarship Fund gift helps bilingual students rise.

  • The gap in life expectancy between rich and poor neighborhoods in Cook County is a staggering 30 years. (Source: 2019 City of Chicago City Health Dashboard)

Your Annual Gift trains future Latino doctors, counselors, and respiratory therapists.

  • A child raised in lower 1/5 of family incomes in Cook County has only a 6.4% chance of reaching the top 1/5 of family incomes (Source: 2019 City of Chicago City Health Dasboard)

Your  Endowed Scholarship gift ensures access and financial aid for future generations.

Please help.

We rely on the generosity and vision of donors, foundations, corporate partners and others to
sustain and extend our mission.

Learn more about donating by contacting Margaret Wenzel at mwenzel@staugustine.edu




Did You Know?

For the many St. Augustine College students who are first-generation college attendees, scholarship gifts are life changing.

Over 90% of St. Augustine’s students receive needs-based grants, scholarships and aid, but still have a gap to cover the full cost of attendance.

  • Our enrollment reflects the racial, ethnic and economic diversity of City of Chicago.
  • A majority of the students are first-generation college attendees.
  • More than 90% of SAC students represent racial or ethnic minority groups.
  • 33% of St. Augustine College students climb two or more levels of income after graduation, reveals the 2017 study “Highest Upward Mobility Rate Colleges” conducted by The Equality of Opportunity and published by The New York Times.
  • St. Augustine College ranks 4th out of 78 Nonselective, four-year, private not-for-profit colleges on the Overall Mobility Index.
  • This measure reflects both access and outcomes, such as representing the likelihood that a student at Saint Augustine College moved up two or more income quintiles.

2018-2019 Institutional Aid Given to Students

In 2018-2019, a total of 856 students were awarded $1,591,496 in institutional aid.   

Associates Level scholarships awarded
Scholarships = 8
Scholarship recipients = 725
Dollar amount = $1,080,695

 

Bachelors Level scholarships awarded
Scholarships = 7
Bachelors Level Scholarship recipients = 131
Dollar amount = $185,153

 

Respiratory Therapy scholarships awarded
Scholarships = 5
Scholarship recipients = 82
Dollar amount = $99,601

BSW scholarships awarded
Scholarships = 4
Scholarship recipients = 40
Dollar amount = $37,492

Stauber Scholarships
Scholarship recipients = 2
Dollar amount = $2,410

Recent Accomplishments

  • Professor of Psychology Dr. Carmen Arellano was selected to participate in HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) professional development program.
  • Professor Antuanette Mester named a 2019-20 Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Faculty Fellow.
  • Saint Augustine College was named a key Midwest partner in the National Science Foundation’s National CyberWatch Center network.
  • Saint Augustine College was accepted as a member of the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
  • Dave Marcial, St. Augustine College’s Director of Educational Partnership & Site Management, honored with NACAC Rising Star award. The NACAC Rising Star Award honors individuals and programs that exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college.
  • St. Augustine College’s IWE Division was selected by the State of Illinois to develop a state-wide workforce development program for the construction industry. Dr. Norman Ruano, Vice President of Workforce Development, was named to the State of Illinois DCEO Workforce Group.
  • St. Augustine was named the training provider for ASPIRA and HACIA under the FEJA Program. FEJA is a Com-Ed sponsored program. FEJA is energy legislation that passed the Illinois General Assembly with broad bipartisan support and was signed into law by State of Illinois Governor Rauner in 2016. FEJA helps to pivot Illinois to the new clean economy by growing renewable energy resources and significantly expanding energy efficiency programs that help customers save energy and money.
  • St. Augustine College President Dr. Reyes M. Gonzalez was named Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago by Negocios Now. Negocios Now is a National award-winning publication founded by Nicado Publishing Company in 2007.

Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI)
Colleges and Universities of Anglican Communion (CUAC)
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)
Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE)
Illinois LSAMP STEM Pathway and Research Alliance (ILSPRA)/ Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliance
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU)
Yes We Must Coalition
National Science Foundation National CyberWatch Center
Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women & Information Technology

American Association for Respiratory Care
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
American Psychological Association
American Statistical Association
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Council for Exceptional Children
Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Gateways to Opportunities
IAODAPCA – ATP Program Coordinators, Illinois Certification Board
Illinois Association for Multilingual Multicultural Education (IAMME)
Illinois Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work
Illinois School Counselors Association
Illinois TESOL-BE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
International Association of Administrative Professionals
International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO)
Mathematical Association of America
Multilingual Chicago
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE)
National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
National Association of Social Workers
National Education Association (NEA)
National TESOL
NBCDI (National Child Development Institute),
North American Association of Masters of Psychology
World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)