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Ignatian College Connection

Saint Ignatius Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He had a vision of God’s love embracing all of us in parts of the world and empowering us to work for good. 

The program is named in his honor:  

Ignatian College Connection 


 The Ignatian College Connection (ICC) is a signature program of Saint Joseph’s University.  Founded in 2004, by Rev. George Bur, S.J., former Rector of the Jesuit Community at the University, to increase college participation and retention at Saint Joseph’s for students from underrepresented populations in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.  The program is guided through the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and aims to fulfill the mission of the University.

The program over the last decade has offered talented, motivated high school students an additional source of pre-collegiate guidance and an introduction to the Saint Joseph’s University campus.

Ignatian College Connection Scholars are undergraduates awarded scholarships to continue their education at Saint Joseph’s.  These scholars were program participants during their high school years and represent a diverse group of students who are academically successful, but also commitment to the University mission through participation, leadership, and service within the Saint Joseph’s community. 

 

Mission:

The ICC program goals are to:

•Expose students from diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher education and Saint Joseph's University during their high school years.

•Assist program participants with college awareness and academic enrichment programs that prepare them for higher education.

•Provide continued support, mentorship and scholarship to a select number of ICC Scholars enrolled at Saint Joseph’s University.

 

Contact Information:

Jennifer L. Dessus, MS

Program Administrator

Ignatian College Connection

(p) 610-660-3064

jdessus@sju.edu

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 Monica M. Smith, MSW, DSW

Director for Inclusion and Diversity

(p) 610-660-1015

msmith@sju.edu