Pictured: Fr. Gerald Sheahan, SJ (left) and Fr. Claude Heithaus, SJ.
SLUH is excited to offer a new Merit Scholars Program beginning with the Class of 2024 to recognize academic leadership while continuing our unwavering tradition of financial accessibility. The Fr. Gerald "Gerry" Sheahan, SJ and Fr. Claude Heithaus, SJ Scholars are named after former Jesuit educators who committed themselves to academic excellence and paved the way for students of all backgrounds to attend SLUH.
A robust financial aid program will continue to support the socioeconomic diversity of our student body with needs-blind admission. Since 2008, the amount of direct aid has tripled, and the number of students benefitting from that aid has doubled. Today, SLUH offers $4.1 million in aid to 42 percent of our students. The average amount of aid is more than half of tuition.
As Principal of SLUH from 1955 to 1967, Fr. Sheahan ably led the school through a period of change and growth. Among his many accomplishments, SLUH started its Chinese and Russian programs under his leadership.
Fr. Heithaus, a 1916 graduate of Loyola Hall, a branch campus of SLUH, delivered an impassioned sermon at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in 1944, denouncing racism and urging the integration of the university. Though Heithaus was removed from his post at the university as a consequence of this controversial public statement, the university did admit five African Americans the following semester. Heithaus is the recipient of the Backer Award, SLUH's highest alumni honor.