La Salle's San Miguel Scholars program has won the Brother Michael Collins Award of Excellence for improving access to education for the poor, showing respect and appreciation for cultural diversity, and demonstrating a commitment to students in an urban environment.
La Salle President/Principal Andrew Kuffner and Executive Director/CFO Matthew Winningham received the award from the Lasallian Association of Secondary School Chief Administrators during the group's conference in Houston this week.
The San Miguel Scholars program, which started at La Salle in the 2010-2011 school year, provides financial assistance and a wide range of support for 40 economically marginalized students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college.
Students receive financial aid for tuition, meals, textbooks, school supplies, transportation, trips, retreats, activities, and athletics. They also get assistance navigating the college search and application process.
"While we’re honored to receive the award, we are most proud of how this program serves and transforms our community," said Kuffner. "Every day our San Miguel Scholars enrich La Salle with their passions, experiences, perspectives, and background."
Learn more about the San Miguel program in this video.