Sacred Heart Alum Gives Back

Mr. Arvedlund (far left, standing row) and classmates in 1954.

October 21, 2013

When Richard Arvedlund lived in Highbridge, he was able to pay his tuition by delivering newspapers and selling hot dogs at Yankees games. Though this and much more has changed since he graduated from Sacred Heart in 1955, Mr. Arvedlund’s love for his elementary school has been unwavering.

Mr. Arvedlund has decided to give back to Sacred Heart because he wants to help students receive the same benefits that he got through a Sacred Heart education. Mr. Arvedlund states that the skills and knowledge obtained at Sacred Heart enabled him to rise out of his situation. He believes that a solid education in elementary and high school builds foundation for future success. Mr. Arvedlund’s achievements highlight the influence of the strong support he received through his schooling.

After graduating from Sacred Heart in 1955, Mr. Arvedlund continued on to Fordham Preparatory High School before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Arvedlund then served in the Vietnam War and earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He then went on and obtained his MBA from Wharton School of Business and founded an investment firm in Delaware. 

Ms. Arvedlund’s generosity is currently supporting four Sacred Heart students in financial need with the “RLA Scholarship in Memory of Brother James.” Brother James mentored Mr. Arvedlund in public speaking, instilling a lifelong ability to speak confidently in front of a group of strangers.

The school administration, along with the scholarship recipients and their families are incredibly grateful for Mr. Arvedlund’s gift. This tuition assistance has a great impact for parents struggling to make tuition payments.

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