Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Nomination Criteria

Some of the awards listed on this website have nomination and selection processes that are coordinated internally by departments or divisions. The awards and honors at the bottom of this page involve nomination processes that are open to students, staff, and/or faculty. Please click on each award name to read the selection criteria carefully to ensure eligible nominees are recognized. 

The following awards share the same online nomination system. Please note the different nomination deadlines in parentheses. 

  • 1870 Award (February 19)

  • Damen Awards (February 19)

  • Diversity Awards (March 5)

  • Graduate, Professional, and Adult Student Awards (March 5)

  • Maroon & Gold Society (February 19)

  • Unity of Heart & Mind Award (February 19)

You can nominate students using this online application system

  • Nominee must be a currently enrolled first-year undergraduate student.

  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students.
  • Vice President for Student Development, and staff in Student Development, Student Academic Services, and Mission Integration will vet nominee list and make recommendations.
  • Loyola undergraduate students vote on finalists.


Nominees will be evaluated based on their ability to 

  • Develop the habits necessary to engage in challenging intellectual work.
  • Participate in academic and in co-curricular activities.
  • Build relationships and develop community with other students, mentors, staff, and faculty members.
  • Formulate an integrated curricular and co-curricular plan.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the mission and core values that form the Loyola identity.
  • For more information on Jesuit Ideals, please see The Characteristics of a Jesuit Education.

You can nominate students using this online application system

Nominees will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Involvement and leadership in on-campus activities, programs, or organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a sense of institutional pride and communty building
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to enacting Loyola's mission and values
  • Academic excellence

In addition:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate students are eligible.
  • No nominee may receive this award for two consecutive years.
  • No one will not be considered for a Damen Student Award if selected for The Maroon & Gold Society.
  • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate nominee.
  • A maximum of ten to twelve awards will be presented each year.
  • Nominee must be in the process of completing at least two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  • Nominees screened by Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and Dean of Students.
  • VP of Student Development/DSD screens nominee list.
  • Students vote on finalists.

Jesuit Ideals

You can nominate people using this online application system

Note: For all of the Diversity awards, the following apply:

  • Only a single award is presented each year.
  • Selected by Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee.

Student Diversity Transformative Education Award

  • Any faculty member is eligible.  UNIV 101 Instructors are not eligible.
  • Nominee must have worked at Loyola University Chicago for at least two semesters, or the equivalent, as of January 2021.
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators.
  • Human Resources screens the nominee list for approval.

Student Diversity Lifelong Commitment to Justice Award

  • Any full-time or part-time staff member is eligible.
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominee must have worked at Loyola University Chicago for at least twelve months as of January 1, 2021.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators.
  • Human Resources screens the nominee list for approval.

Student Diversity Set the World on Fire Award

  • Nominee must have graduate from Loyola University Chicago.
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for nomination.
  • Nominee must have worked at Loyola University Chicago for at least twelve months as of January 1, 2021.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators.

Student Diversity Emerging Leader Award

  • Nominee must be a current first- or second-year student [someone who will have completed less than 60 credits at Loyola University Chicago, as of the time of nominations for this award].
  • Nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
  • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate nominee.

Student Diversity Social Justice in Action Award

  • Nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021.
  • Nominee must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators.

Student Diversity Motivational Member Award

  • Nominee must be a member of a registered  or sponsored student organization.
  • Nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
  • Faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate nominee.

Student Diversity Father Arrupe Award

  • Nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago as a graduate student and anticipate completing a minimum of fifteen credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators.

 

You can nominate students using this online application system

  • Outstanding GPA Student Leader Award Criteria
    • This Award recognizes a Graduate, Professional or Adult (SCPS) [GPA] student that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in a student organization or department. They have transcended the duties of their role and embodied the principals of Magis.
    • Any currently enrolled Graduate, Professional, or Adult (SCPS) student is eligible.
    • No nominee may receive this award for two consecutive years.
    • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate nominee.
    • Self-nominations are prohibited.
    • One award will be presented each year.
    • Nominee must have completed one semester in good academic standing at Loyola University Chicago by January 2021.
    • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
    • Nominees screened by Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and Behavioral Concerns Team.
    • The Graduate, Professional and Adult Student Council selection committee will select the recipient.
  • Outstanding GPA Student Organization Award Criteria
    • Any student organization with a majority of Graduate, Professional, or Adult (SCPS) students is eligible. Including sponsored student organizations.
    • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate the organization.
    • Self-nominations are allowed.
    • One award will be presented each year.
    • Student organization advisors will be consulted.
  • Outstanding GPA Program of the Year
    • This award recognizes and group or student organization that has produced an outstanding program/event/lecture that made a significant contribution to the Loyola University Chicago community.
    • Any student organization or group with a majority of Graduate, Professional, or Adult (SCPS) students is eligible. Including sponsored and ad hoc student organizations.
    • The program may be a conference, summit, lecture, or social event.
    • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate the organization.
    • Self-nominations are allowed.
    • One award will be presented each year.
    • Student organization advisors will be consulted.

 

You can nominate students using this online application system

Nominees will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Involvement and leadership in on-campus activities, programs, or organizations. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to service within the Loyola community and/or broader community
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to enacting Loyola's mission and values
  • Academic excellence

In addition:

  • Nominee must be a Rising Senior [someone who will be enrolled as senior in Fall 2021].
  • Nominee must anticipate completing 90 credits by September 2021.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students.
  • No more than 25 members may be selected in a given year.
  • Nominee must have completed two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and completed a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021.
  • Nominee must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student.
  • Rising seniors eligible whether graduating before, in, or after May 2022.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above.
  • Nominees screened by Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Intentional selection of diverse cohort, including race, ethnicity, religion, major, gender, sexual orientation.
  • Need reference from faculty member who has taught at least one three-credit course at Loyola.
  • List must be approved by President, and VP of Student Development.

Sustainability in Service – This recognition rewards students for their efforts to implement sustainability on campus or in community.

Sustainability in Learning – This recognition rewards students for their efforts incorporating sustainability into their academic experience through research, publication, or coursework advancing sustainability knowledge.

Criteria

-Open to any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student

-Must be in good standing with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above

-Will award an undergraduate AND a graduate student in each category if appropriate nominees are available

-Self-nomination is allowed

-Loyola’s Director of Sustainability will review applicants with the University’s Sustainability Committee and Student Development based on the following;

  • Clear consideration of social, economic and environmental issues,
  • Connection to social-justice motivation for action,
  • Measurable values-driven impact, and
  • Local and global awareness.

Nomination Form LINK

Applications are due by Feb. 26th.

Feel free to contact sustainability@luc.edu with any questions.

 

You can nominate students using this online application system

  • Nominee must be a Rising Junior as of September 2021.
  • Nominee must anticipate completing 60 - 90 credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021.
  • Nominee must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students.
  • Vice President for Student Development, and staff in Student Development, Mission Integration, and Student Academic Services will vet nominee list and make recommendations. 
  • Loyola undergraduate students vote on finalists.


Candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to

  • Execute the actions necessary to engage in challenging intellectual work.
  • Articulate personal values and discern how you form personal, academic, and professional goals and decisions.
  • Develop knowledge and compassion for the mission and core values that comprise the Loyola identity.
  • Continue developing and nurturing relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and other members of the Loyola community.
  • Deepen your understanding of your own and/or others' faiths, religions, and world views.
  • For more information on Jesuit Ideals, please see The Characteristics of a Jesuit Education.

Hundreds of students and more than a dozen organizations received awards at the Weekend of Excellence for their outstanding work throughout the school year. The 2021 nomination period runs from January 5th to February 9th at midnight. A separate nomination must be submitted for each student for the individual awards.  Click here to submit your nominations

Award Categories: 

Arrupe Person for Others Award
This award goes to a student employee who clearly serve others with a passion. 

Curis Apostolica Person for Institution Award
This award goes to a student employee who have demonstrated considerable care in their work tasks, commitment and attitude in promoting, developing and supporting the organization or institution where they are employed. Once recipient is recognized for work on campus; the other, for work away from Loyola. 

Ignatian Spirit Team of the Year Award
The Ignatian Spirit Award is given to the team or staff of employees who work with passion and dedication as if they live each day to “go forth and set the world on fire.” 

Student Employee of the Year 

This award goes to one student employee to recognize their outstanding contributions, achievements, and who has made a positive impact on the university. 

The Student Organization Awards honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our Recognized and Sponsored Student Organizations. Our student leaders worked tirelessly to plan and implement a wide range of programs over the course of the academic year. Student organizations have hosted over 700 virtual programs for the Loyola community and surrounding Chicagoland community this year. The award categories will include three recognition groups: program recognition, individual recognition, and group recognition. Nomination forms open in LUCommunity on Monday, January 25 and close on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:45 pm CST. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit nominations! This award ceremony on April 15th will be by invitation only to privately honor our student leaders.