The Aim Higher Foundation seeks to ensure that all families that desire a Catholic education for their children can access a Catholic school. Since 2012, the foundation has provided tuition assistance scholarships to more than 5,400 children—worth more than $3.4 million—to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Infused with a higher sense of purpose and steeped in a tradition of excellence, Catholic schools help all students aim higher. Preparing students with higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and a higher sense of self-worth, Catholic schools foster the development of every student to his or her fullest, God-given potential.
Founded in late 2011, the Aim Higher Foundation is an independently operated 501(c)3 nonprofit governed by a Board of Directors comprised of corporate, civic, and education leaders.
Board of Directors
Chair, Karen M. Rauenhorst
Community volunteer, Board Member of Catholic Relief Services Foundation, Executive Member of the FADICA Board and current Archdiocese Corporate Trustee. She served previously as 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.
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.
Aim Higher Scholars 2017-2018
- A total of $702,100 was awarded to 7913 K-8 students at 83 Catholic schools.
- 60% of our 2017-18 Aim Higher Scholars are eligible for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program.
- 52% of our Scholars are students of color.