May/June 2007

Work-Study Students Graduate from Arrupe Jesuit High School


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Catholic Health Initiatives’ leaders congratulate graduates of Arrupe Jesuit High School. From left are Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer; students Isabel Marquez, Michelle Spreutels, Sonia Gurrola, Adriana Marquez and Erica Maes; and Michael Fordyce, chief administrative officer. (Not pictured is Alejandra Luna.)

The first graduating class of Arrupe Jesuit High School, Denver, Colo., includes six students who gained work experience at Catholic Health Initiatives through a work-study program. Arrupe Jesuit High School was founded to serve economically disadvantaged, racially and culturally diverse youth who live in Denver’s inner city. The school offers a Jesuit pre-college curriculum. To offset the cost of tuition, each student is required to work one day per week through the school’s work-study program. Catholic Health Initiatives has been a sponsor of the work-study program since the school opened in 2003. All six graduating students who worked with Catholic Health Initiatives are college-bound. The graduates and the colleges they plan to attend are:
  • Sonia Gurrola, Community College of Denver, Denver, Colo.
  • Alejandra Luna, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Erica Maes, Regis University, Denver, Colo.
  • Adriana Marquez, Adams State College, Alamosa, Colo.
  • Isabel Marquez, Red Rocks Community College, Denver, Colo.
  • Michelle Spreutels, Regis University, Denver, Colo.
Catholic Health Initiatives held a reception for these students and their families at the downtown Denver office on June 4. As a whole, the 48 members of Arrupe Jesuit High School’s first graduating class have earned more than $1.5 million in merit-based college scholarships. Alejandra Luna received a Daniels Fund scholarship. Five Arrupe undergraduate students will continue to gain work experience at Catholic Health Initiatives’ downtown Denver office each year. In addition, a team of four students will be employed at the Denver Meridian North office and at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.