2022 Award Recipients
Our Lady of Tepeyac honors John & Susan Dewan and The Dewan Foundation with the ¡Creemos! Award for their commitment to our mission, especially to our College Readiness Program. The foundation has supported College Readiness since 2012, allowing us to expose all of our students, in grades 9 through 12, to opportunities that exist for them beyond high school. Since the inception of the College Readiness Program, 100% of the graduating class at Our Lady of Tepeyac High School has been accepted to college.
Both John and Susan are the products of a Chicago Catholic education. Susan attended single gender, Madonna High School and John is a graduate of Quigley South. They met as Math majors at Loyola University of Chicago. John, the son of immigrant parents, relates to Our Lady of Tepeyac on a personal level because his faith based education opened doors for him. “My parents gave me the opportunity to receive a Catholic education,” he says. “I was set for life. Catholic schools like Tepeyac give students the opportunity that they might not have otherwise. I can’t think of anything I am more proud to support than Our Lady of Tepeyac.”
The John & Susan Dewan Foundation began in January 2000 following the completion of the sale of STATS, Inc., a sports information company founded by John and Susan in the 1980’s. The Foundation’s grants program provides funding for U.S. based charitable organizations that help people to help themselves. Their mission is to “provide hope and a future to those in poverty by supporting organizations that help people to help themselves.” John and Susan have impacted people around the world with their giving.
Mr. Thomas Teeling serves as the Executive Director of The Dewan Foundation. With Tom’s support, the Foundation has been giving to Tepeyac for a decade. Tepeyac recognizes Tom for helping us develop a meaningful relationship between the Foundation and our school over the years. His true interest in the experiences and lives of our girls and his commitment to the mission of The Dewan Foundation is inspiring.
In addition to their Foundation support, John & Susan have been involved on a personal level at Tepeyac as well. They generously support our needs based financial aid program and John mentors girls who are getting ready to start the college application process.
“We need to do all we can to empower young women,'' says Susan. “They need to know that they hold the power to be what they want to be.” “What Tepeyac does is at the core of my being,” says John. Equal opportunity in education is a must. It all comes down to that for us.”
John & Susan and The Dewan Foundation have empowered our young women to go on to change the world in a host of meaningful ways. They have given the College Readiness Program the tools and resources needed to equip our girls with all that they need to find success in college and beyond, truly creating a brighter future for all who they touch with their generosity.