The Catholic University of America

Feb. 8, 2006

CUA Receives $420K for Native American Scholarships

Monsignor Paul Lenz

The Catholic University of America has been awarded $420,000 to use for scholarships for Catholic Native Americans who are studying nursing at the graduate level.

The grant was made by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, a Washington, D.C.-based Roman Catholic organization founded in 1874 for the protection and promotion of Catholic Indian missions in the United States.

The money will be added to previous funds donated by the group for "The Cardinal Terence Cooke/ Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Scholarship Fund," an endowed fund that provides tuition scholarships for academically qualified Catholic Native American applicants who belong to a tribe or have a formal association with one.

"I am grateful to the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions and to its executive director, Monsignor Paul Lenz, for this generous grant and for the important graduate and undergraduate scholarship support it has provided to Catholic University in the past," said the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president. "We share the bureau's commitment to providing an excellent university education to deserving Native American students," he added.

"We've very pleased to be able to offer more scholarship money to CUA where we hope it will be used for the education of Native Americans, and Catholic Native Americans in particular," Monsignor Lenz said. "We've looked forward to this and are delighted we were able to make it happen." The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions' board of directors includes Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, president; Cardinal Edward Egan of New York and Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia.

In 1985 the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions first began giving annual grants of $25,000 or $50,000 to Catholic University. In 2003, the Bureau gave a $1 million scholarship grant to CUA to support qualified undergraduates. With the most current donation, the bureau is now funding two $1 million scholarships at Catholic University - one for graduate students and the other for undergraduates.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,