Sacred Heart Schools receive the largest gift in schools’ history

Record Staff Report

Dr. Cynthia Crabtree, president of Sacred Heart Schools (SHS), announced Nov. 30 the largest gift in the schools’ 140-year history.

Jean Wode Frazier, a graduate of the class of 1952, donated $1 million to fund the “Jean Frazier Leadership Institute at Sacred
Heart Schools.”

This “transformative gift, paired with existing efforts, will enable SHS to provide the most innovative and comprehensive student leadership development program available in the Louisville area,” said a press release from the school. “Students of all ages, but particularly those at the high school level will benefit from expansive leadership opportunities.”

According to the release, the leadership institute, will provide:

  • Leadership classes and curriculum integrated throughout the student experience.
  • Leadership certificate program.
  • Mentorship and internship programs.
  • Summer programs to develop leadership skills.
  • Service learning leadership opportunities.
  • Global leadership opportunities.
  • Valuable community partnerships and advisory council.
  • Guest speaker series.

Lauren Hitron, a 1999 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) who serves as director of enrollment at SHA, has been named the institute’s new director.

“I believe the creation of this institute demonstrates that Sacred Heart Schools understands leadership can be taught and nurtured,” said Hitron in the release. “Sacred Heart Schools believe in the inherent potential for every student to develop into a leader. Our program will be an ‘institute without walls,’ serving as a valuable community resource and meeting students where they are in their individual educational journey.”

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