Photo taken outside facing Lourdes Russell Ebeid Hall with the blue glass tower and a blue sky

Many students face challenges as they start their college journeys. Those who receive Pell grants are especially at risk of not completing their degrees. That’s why faculty and staff at Lourdes are so proud of this U.S. News ranking.

“We have proven we’re better than 160 other universities in the Midwest, both public and private, at helping all students graduate at the same rate, regardless of financial need. Closing that gap is a real-world example of how we live out our mission as we serve students,” says Mary Sabin, vice president of institutional advancement.

In fact, roughly half of Lourdes graduates are eligible for Pell grants at the time they walk across the stage at commencement. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students based on their household income and the maximum amount is currently $6,895 per year.

Lourdes’ Franciscan traditions and mission are intimately tied to service and in providing an accessible values-centered education that integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. When we empower those who are underserved and face socio-economic and other disadvantages, it makes a significant lifelong impact not only on the individuals but their families and communities as well.

While Pell grants are a critical resource for students, they come nowhere near to covering the cost of a college education. Scholarships help fill in the additional amount students need after other financial aid is applied. Fortunately, there are many individuals and organizations whose generosity has helped Lourdes graduates achieve their dreams. They should also be proud of this national recognition.

To assist Lourdes in providing a values-centered education accessible to all, please donate to the Lourdes Scholarship Fund by contacting Mary Sabin at or 419-824-3969.

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