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University of St. Thomas
News Release
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

University of St. Thomas Creates #CeltCare Harvey Relief Fund

Houston - University of St. Thomas announced that it has established a #CeltCare fund to support students, faculty and staff affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Many of our University of St. Thomas students and their families are among those adversely impacted by Harvey, but they are not alone,” said UST President Richard Ludwick. “As a campus devoted to Catholic values and the pursuit of goodness, discipline, knowledge and community, we will do all we can to provide assistance, guidance and support during this challenging time.”

A special fund has been established to directly support the education needs of UST students impacted by Harvey. One hundred percent of contributions to this fund will be used to help students remain in school and attain their education goals. Contributions will help provide financial assistance to affected students for tuition, books, fees, housing, meals and other needs. 

Ludwick and a team of volunteers called every UST undergraduate and graduate student. Human Resource team members called faculty and staff. A survey was sent to students and employees to access needs. More than 576 employees and students responded to the survey.

On Monday, Sept. 11, the University began awarding funds to students impacted by Harvey.

The University of St. Thomas was founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers as an independent, Catholic, coeducational university in Houston, TX. Situated in the city’s Museum District, the University enrolls 3,312 total students with an undergraduate population of 1,602. Set against the backdrop of the Texas Medical Center UST has seen a 75% growth rate among students pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and over half of the undergraduate student body pursues a degree in one of the STEM fields. The University of St. Thomas was ranked 26th in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States and was additionally ranked one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review.  For more information, please visit

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