Support for internship opportunities totals $400,000 during last nine years
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a private, four-year Catholic liberal arts college, has received a $20,000 grant from the Dr. Scholl Foundation to support the Dr. Scholl Internship Away Scholarship Program. This is the ninth year the foundation has funded such opportunities with its support totaling $400,000.
“Loras is committed to providing accessible internships that expand a student’s involvement beyond the classroom in a hands-on, professional environment,” Jim Collins, president of Loras, said. “National statistics indicate students who intern tend to stay in college and are employed post-graduation at a higher rate than those who don’t intern.”
The program is one of many ways Loras supports learning outside the classroom. Other programs such as the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Program and the Adducci Loan Fund also enable students to pursue internships without having to worry about additional expenses. More than 400 students have been able to take advantage of one of these programs.
Through previous Dr. Scholl grants, Loras students have interned in Chicago, Washington D.C., Ireland, Portugal, Walt Disney World and The Mayo Clinic. Students are selected by an application process demonstrating financial need and an already-awarded internship opportunity. The scholarships then assist students with additional expenses such as housing, transportation and/or food.
Dr. William Scholl of the Scholl Manufacturing Company created the foundation in 1947 to aid others through charitable means, and also left the majority of his estate to this cause after his death in 1968. The foundation, headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, has contributed over $250 million to various organizations since 1980.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.