Madonna University Joins with Archdiocese to Offer Grants to Catholic School Graduates

May 18, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University is teaming up with the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) through its Catholic School Grant program, enabling students to more easily continue their Catholic education through college.

Madonna offers $2,000 a year for four years to any student who has graduated from a Catholic high school. The agreement highlights an already existing relationship between the archdiocese and the Felician-sponsored University, according to Cam Cruickshank, executive vice president of enrollment management and university advancement at Madonna.

“We’ve very pleased to partner with the AOD, to offer these scholarships so students can pursue higher education at a Catholic college or university in Metro Detroit,” Cruickshank said. “The Archdiocese also has agreements in place with Marygrove College and University of Detroit Mercy, and we are pleased to be part of this partnership; this is a great way to further Catholic education.”

Cruickshank said recruiting more students from archdiocesan schools will enhance the Catholic and Franciscan spirit that permeates the Livonia University. “Graduates of Catholic schools, in the Archdiocese, are well-prepared, have a strong faith foundation and have similar goals to those we have at Madonna,” Cruickshank said.

The scholarships and grants, to graduates from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, are part of a collaborative effort to continue what Archdiocesan Superintendent Brian Dougherty, Ph.D., calls “K-16 Catholic education.”

“These agreements make Catholic education in the archdiocese more united,” Dougherty said. “This keeps the focus on cooperative education between the archdiocese’s schools and these higher-learning institutions.”

Dougherty said the new agreements, which begin with students registering for the fall 2016 semester, will help students to consider Metro Detroit’s three Catholic colleges, while strengthening the colleges as well.

“One thing we’ve noticed, universities are struggling with students taking five-and-a-half years to earn a bachelor’s degree,” Dougherty said. “But Catholic school students, consistently, are more likely to graduate in four years.”

Madonna University offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs in business, education, arts and humanities, nursing, science and mathematics and social sciences. To learn more about Madonna University’s scholarships and financial aid offerings, or to apply for admissions, visit, or call 734-432-5339.