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Georgetown Honored With Award From Cristo Rey Network

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John Foley, S.J., (left) founder and chief mission officer of the Cristo Rey Network, presented Georgetown President John J. DeGioia (center) with the network's Spirit of Cristo Rey award for the university's partnership with the network and its commitment to underserved youth. At right is network president Robert Birdsell.

October 18, 2011 – John Foley, S.J., founder and chief mission officer of the Cristo Rey Network, presented Georgetown President John J. DeGioia with the Spirit of Cristo Rey Award at a Washington, D.C., Oct. 17 event celebrating “A Decade of Innovation.”

The award recognizes Georgetown’s partnership and commitment to underserved youth.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also was honored at the event, which took place at the Jones Day Law Firm.

The Cristo Rey Network is a group of 24 nationwide Catholic college preparatory high schools providing students with a rigorous academic curriculum in a faith context. Each student works five days a month to fund the majority of his or her high school education.

“Our community has been strengthened and enriched by our relationship with Cristo Rey over the past several years, and this recognition is deeply meaningful to us,” DeGioia said.

Five Cristo Rey alumni have graduated from Georgetown, with 36 Cristo Rey alumni from across the country currently enrolled.

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