Two Ways to Make a Difference

A unique opportunity to build the universal church

Students from around the world attend the three Jesuit institutions of higher learning in Rome. They come from all walks of life, including lay women and men, priests and religious. Many cannot afford to pay the full cost of their stay. No scholar should be denied an education in Rome due to financial need.


Pope Francis has authorized the Gregorian University Foundation to use his name for an innovative program that meets the pressing and long-term needs of these students.


In the Jesuit tradition of excellence, our students receive a rigorous Catholic formation in a wide range of disciplines. In Rome they develop a network of friends and colleagues extending all over the world and lasting a lifetime.


These young leaders return home filled with energy to build the Church in their native lands. Inspired by Pope Francis, they bring an extraordinary sense of service to the universal Church.

Pope Francis Adopt a Scholar Program

Provides immediate assistance

The Pope Francis Adopt a Scholar Program provides immediate assistance by covering the actual cost of educating a student plus basic living expenses for a year.


  • The sum of $20,000 pays for a full scholarship
  • Donate all or part of a scholarship
  • Enlist your friends or fellow alumni. 10 gifts of $2,000 provide a full scholarship. 100 gifts of $200, say from fellow parishioners, provide a full scholarship

Pope Francis Adopt a Scholar Endowment

Meets long-term needs

The Pope Francis Adopt a Scholar Endowment looks to the long term by preparing full support for future deserving students in need.


  • This is a powerful tool
  • Generations to come will build on the gifts of those who have preceded them
  • Your gift, no matter the amount, will create an enduring legacy to build the Church for decades to come