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Education is the key to the strength of our economy and the health of our community. Because of this and the excellence of Catholic schools, the Aim Higher Foundation provides student-based tuition assistance so all families have access to the life-changing experience of a Catholic school education.

Infused with a higher sense of purpose and steeped in a tradition of excellence, Catholic schools help all students aim higher. Higher test scores, higher graduation rates and higher sense of self-worth are all outcomes of an educational system that fosters the development of every student to his or her fullest, God-given potential.

Catholic schools are effectively closing the achievement gap, allowing all students the opportunity to achieve excellence. Children thrive and learn when surrounded by a community that cares deeply about their development. The combination of academic rigor, discipline, and character development in a faith-centered environment achieves results.

Founded in late 2011, the Aim Higher Foundation is an independently operated 501c3 governed by a Board of Directors comprised of corporate, civic, and education leaders.

Board Membership

Chair, Karen M. Rauenhorst
Community volunteer, Board Member of Catholic Relief Services Foundation, Executive Member of the FAIDCA Board and current Archdiocese Corporate Trustee. She serves as past Board Chair of Saint Catherine University and Better Way Foundation

John E. McMahon
Chair of the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Advisory Council; Director of Federal Tax Services, Ernst & Young; serves on national board of the Jeremiah Program

Douglas A. Milroy
Former Chairman and CEO, G&K Services, Inc.

Donal L. Mulligan
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, General Mills;  serves on boards of the General Mills Foundation, Tennant Company and University of Michigan Business School

Philip J. Paquette
Partner, Boyum & Barenscheer PLLP

Mark H. Rauenhorst
President, Marren Properties, LLC ; serves on boards of Opus Group, Fabcon, Inc., Creighton University, Ascension School Board, GHR Foundation, Chair, Opus Foundation, and others

Samuel A. Salas
Headmaster Emeritus, Breck School, served as headmaster from 1987 until retiring in June 2007; serves on board of Christo Rey Jesuit High School

Sarah Schumacher
Full time mother of four, including two children  in Catholic school. Sarah is a retired CPA previously practicing public accounting at Arthur Andersen, LLP and Best Buy