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St. Thomas University Offers Free Room and Board

to College Students Affected by Hurricanes  



MIAMI (Sept. 26, 2017) – St. Thomas University will offer free room and board through the Spring of 2018 for up to 100 college students in Puerto Rico and affected islands in the Caribbean who wish to continue their studies at STU following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


“Our prayers are with all those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean,” said Monsignor Franklyn Casale, President of St. Thomas University.  “We are committed to helping college students who were affected by the storms continue their education with as much ease and comfort as possible.  ”


College students affected by the hurricanes will receive free room and board on a first-come, first-serve basis upon continuing their studies at St. Thomas University. A free meal plan compliments of Metz Culinary Management will be provided for the first 100 students enrolled in the special program.


Through October 14, the University’s application process has been shortened and expedited for eligible students from Puerto Rico and other affected islands in the Caribbean. Scholarships are available.


St. Thomas University will also work with the leadership of its sister institutions in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to support in any way possible.


Interested students should call the Registrar’s Office at (305) 628-6612 or go to to apply.







About St. Thomas University:          

The only Catholic Archdiocesan-sponsored University in Florida, St. Thomas University ( was initially founded in Havana, Cuba in 1946 by American Augustinians, and re-opened in north Miami-Dade in 1961 following the confiscation of the school and forced exile of the Augustinians in 1961 by the Castro government. The University places an institutional emphasis on social justice and ethical behavior, and provides its globally diverse student body with a personalized, private education that offers low student/teacher ratios and is designed to graduate “Leaders for Life.” The university offers more than 45 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees at its 144-acre campus in Miami Gardens, Fla., and through distance learning, including one of the oldest (and highly ranked) undergraduate programs in Sports Administration in the country. Approximately 90 percent of its faculty hold the highest degree in their fields. 


About Metz Culinary Management:
Metz Culinary Management provides dining and environmental management services for clients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public and independent schools, colleges, long-term care facilities, corporate offices and manufacturing facilities. Metz is a family-driven company that collaborates with its clients to deliver restaurant-inspired hospitality to each and every guest. In 2011, Food Management Magazine named Metz one of the Top 20 Management Companies in the U.S. and one of the Top 5 Firms to Watch. For more information on Metz Culinary Management, visit



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