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The Maguire Foundation: Living as Men and Women for Others

Since its inception, the Maguire Foundation has been incredibly supportive of West Catholic and hundreds of other schools and organizations throughout the region. In recent years, the Foundation has continued to grow that support and today is one of the most generous supporters of the school.

The Maguire Foundation was founded by James J. Maguire and the late Frances M. Maguire, with a mission to improve the quality of life for people, and educating the next generation of leaders. It is grounded in the teaching of St. Ignatius Loyola with the belief that we are men and women for others. Today, the Maguire Foundation is led by Megan Maguire Nicoletti, who serves as President and CEO.

The Maguire Scholar program is one of the Foundation’s largest. Currently, 40 students per year at West Catholic are Maguire Scholars, which means they receive a four year scholarship of $3,000 each year, provided they continue to meet the criteria.

For most foundations, providing the school with 40 scholarships a year would be more than enough, but for Maguire Foundation at West Catholic it has just been the start. “Every time we’ve ever approached Megan or Jim, they’ve been supportive, and have always asked tough questions,” said President Andrew Brady. “As soon as they felt comfortable with the project and that we had a strong plan in place, they’ve always been willing to get behind it in a significant way.”

Just a few of those projects include: the creation of Maguire Field, a $1,500,000 state-of-the-art athletic field; underwriting a portion of a grant that renovated the school’s academic programming; funding Summer Slam, a camp for 5th-8th graders that is offered at no or limited cost for families; and the creation of the Mark R. Nicoletti Jr. Scholarship, which awards emergency funding to West Catholic families dealing with difficult situations such as a recent death or a loss of employment.

According to President Andrew Brady, the Maguires are a living embodiment of being men and women for others: “They are fully invested in the mission of the schools they support and don’t get involved from afar. Jim and Megan know the Maguire Scholars and, most importantly, the Maguire Scholars know them. They get involved with a level of commitment and authenticity that is truly inspiring.”