Fontbonne – Marian Partnership

Fontbonne University Forms Partnership with Marian Middle School to Support Young Women from Fifth Grade, Carving a Path to College Graduation and Career Placement


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education

November 1, 2022, St. Louis, Mo. – Fontbonne University, a private, Catholic liberal arts university located in Clayton, Mo., in suburban St. Louis County, has established a unique partnership with Marian Middle School (Marian). Marian is the only all-girls, private middle school in the St. Louis community serving urban adolescents in a faith-based environment.

The formal agreement establishing the program was signed on Wednesday, October 26, by Dr. Nancy Blattner, president of Fontbonne University, and Mary Elizabeth Grimes, president of Marian Middle School. The partnership will provide Marian alumnae with scholarships to Fontbonne, as well as one-on-one mentoring to promote academic success, professional and leadership development opportunities, and career support. Up to 90 percent of Marian’s students face challenges associated with poverty. The partnership supports the shared goal of increasing graduation rates for students of color through equitable opportunities that remove barriers to success.
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