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Howley Foundation pledges $2 million to Benedictine High School

News of the Diocese

April 6, 2021

Howley Foundation pledges $2 million to Benedictine High School

Benedictine High School in Cleveland received a $2 million gift from the Howley Foundation for continued support of tuition assistance for low-income students, as well as an investment to remodel the school’s science wing and for student transition support.

The foundation supports high-quality private schools in Cleveland, Philadelphia and other select locations that emphasize support for strong character formation in students. It was founded more than 20 years ago by Nick Howley, the founder and executive chairman of TransDigm, an international New York Stock Exchange aerospace company, and his wife, Lorie.

At Benedictine, the foundation sponsors 40 students – 10 per class – with tuition assistance and mentoring. Additionally, it made a generous commitment to the school’s Centennial Campaign: A Present and Future Community of Faith. The gift will be used to remodel the science wing, which officially will be named The Howley Science Wing. In the gift, the foundation also made a commitment to wraparound services and financial support for selected students as they transition from high school to the college environment.

“We are inspired by Nick and Lorie’s philanthropic spirit. Their generosity not only provides the young men of Benedictine with opportunities to experience a dynamic Catholic education, but the transformation of the science wing is an important part of our overall campaign to give students the chance to learn in a first-class facility for years to come,” said Ryan Ryzner, Benedictine president/principal and himself a BHS alumnus.

School officials said the foundation’s investment in the Centennial Campaign, specifically to The Howley Science Wing, adds additional excitement to the campus’ capital improvement projects, which include a courtyard named after Joe Rufus, a longtime Benedictine High School administrator and coach; a 5,000-square-foot atrium connecting the school’s main academic building with the science wing; a remodeled cafeteria; and capital improvements to St. Andrew Abbey, which shares a campus with the high school. The abbey is the home of the Benedictine Order of Cleveland, which sponsors the high school.

“We are proud to support Benedictine High School's Centennial Campaign. Their work is well aligned with our mission,” said Nick Howley. “The Howley Foundation supports schools that offer strong educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged inner-city students. We strongly believe that issues of equality and upward social and economic mobility are most positively impacted by access to high-quality educational opportunities that also offer strong character formation. Benedictine has a long history of providing such opportunity.”

“The Benedictine community is so grateful for the Howley Foundation’s commitment to our mission, as well as the significant impact their gifts provide to our students and campus. Their generosity to the transformation of the science wing provides so much excitement to our growth and development efforts,” said Chris Lorber, BHS vice president of advancement and a 2004 alumnus.

Initial projects of the Benedictine Order of Cleveland’s Centennial Campaign begin this spring.

For more information about the campaign, contact Lorber at 216-421-2080, Ext. 246 or

Established in 1927 by the Benedictine monks of Cleveland, Benedictine High School’s mission is to model, educate and challenge each student to become a part of the tradition and spirit of St. Benedict.

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