One of the many benefits of residing on Nicollet Island since 1897 is that DeLaSalle has a vast, well-connected network of alumni and friends in the Twin Cities and beyond. DeLaSalle offers an excellent curriculum that prepares students to be leaders in the real world, and some benefactors have made the commitment to open doors for these students so that they can have a preview of what it’s like to reach the top of a field.
The Lasallian Mentors program is a unique opportunity to combine philanthropy and instruction, providing students with the financial backing to join the DeLaSalle community and with enrichment experiences. For a $5,000 gift, the donor will be paired with an accomplished and motivated student with need whom they can track and get to know over the student’s four years at DeLaSalle. The donor and student will have the chance to meet over lunch on the Island, and the donor will receive regular updates on the student’s progress. This program is designed to personalize the philanthropic experience at DeLaSalle as well as provide students with role models who can help turn their academic and vocational aspirations into realities.
Students for the program are chosen by the DeLaSalle Advancement Office, which ensures that the participants meet established criteria. Donors are allowed and encouraged to multiply their impact by sponsoring several students at once.
If you are interested in helping DeLaSalle sustain its mission, please contact Patrick Felicetta ’01 at 612.676.7605.
In 2019, former CEO of Cargill Gregory Page began supporting six students through the Lasallian Mentors program. Gregory has long supported students across the Twin Cities in their pursuit of high-quality, Catholic education. In the spring of 2019, he joined the DeLaSalle community and met with the six students. Over lunch, Gregory shared about his experience as an executive for a Fortune 500 company, and he spoke with the students about leadership and responsibility. Gregory committed to supporting these students during their time at DeLaSalle, and the students have already benefitted greatly from the wisdom that he passed on to them.
In fall 2019, owner of RE/MAX Results John Collopy ’71 became a Lasallian Mentor. John met with eight students and shared about building a successful company from the ground up. Students from the Economics class read John’s memoir in preparation for the meeting, and they learned a great deal from John’s story of perseverance and determination. John is happy to be a Lasallian Mentor and will be supporting students for years to come.