Following the Compass
Invest in the Vision supports a legacy that stretches back to 1848. That year, four Brothers of the Christian Schools crossed the Atlantic at the behest of the Most Rev. John Joseph Hughes, Archbishop of New York. Followers of Saint John Baptist de LaSalle, the brothers believed that all students deserve access to a quality education, regardless of means.
Aided by a fifth brother, they opened a school for poor, working and middle-class students, including children of immigrants. Quickly outgrowing its site on the Lower East Side, the school followed the compass north, acquiring property on Mulberry Street and then, in 1853, a campus on the Upper West Side. The newly named Manhattan College made its final move to Riverdale in 1923.
Today, the College draws students from 44 U.S. states and territories and 60 nations. To better serve them in a time of change, Invest in the Vision will fund Manhattan’s efforts to enhance resources, expand facilities at its new South Campus, and increase financial aid.
A Tradition of Changing Lives
The value of a Manhattan education is evident in the College’s 40,000 living alumni. They are leaders in virtually every field that touches our lives: the arts, business, the Church, education, engineering, government, the law, medicine and the sciences. They also are philanthropists who share their time, talent and resources through a wide range of charitable causes.
Today’s Jaspers follow the example of their predecessors. In 2019, Manhattan students won three Fulbright Awards, a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a New York City Urban Fellowship, and a Neighborhood 360° Fellowship, among other honors.