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Kevin Arthur has made a huge student impact at Saint John’s University.
The senior global business leadership major is a member of the Johnnie soccer and track and field teams who has earned All-American honors and holds the school record in the 200-meter dash. He also speaks three languages and is a motor transport specialist in the Army Reserves.
But he said it was the financial assistance from the Frey Family First Generation Scholarship that helped bring him to Collegeville in the first place. The scholarship program was established in 2010 thanks to a generous grant from the Frey Family and their Foundation. The effort was led by Jim Frey ’78, the former president and CEO of the Frey Foundation of Minnesota and a former chair of the SJU Board of Regents.
“I loved it when (an admissions rep) talked about an alum giving back to the school through (making money) available to First Gen students,” Arthur said. “That caught my attention right away. It connected back to when I’d visited here - the sense of community. It all just came together (for me) at that point.”
Frey said making the SJU experience possible for students like Arthur is why the program was created.
“Traditionally, Saint John’s had been a place for many, many years that prided itself on having a pretty large number of first guys in their family to go to college,” Frey said. “And it became, we thought, kind of incumbent on us to move it along. It wasn’t as if we wanted to build another building or participate in that. This had a lot to do with the fabric of the community.”
Arthur and Frey connected on campus this past fall. See more of their discussion in the video below:
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