President's Medallion

Leadership. Scholarship. Service.

The Loyola University Chicago President’s Medallion is an annual event, which celebrates the accomplishments of the President’s Medallion recipients.  One medallion recipient is selected from each of Loyola’s 14 colleges; Arrupe College, School of Continuing Studies and Professional Studies, Quinlan School of Business, The Graduate School, Stritch School of Medicine, School of Law, Institute of Pastoral Studies, School of Education, School of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

The President’s Medallion is one of the most prestigious awards conferred by Loyola University Chicago.  A medallion is presented to a single student in each college, school or institute of the University each year.  President’s Medallion recipients must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled student expected to graduate in the 2022-2023 academic year;
  • Rank academically in the upper 25% of his/her class;
  • Best exemplify a combination of outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service;
  • Person of integrity and good reputation;
  • Manifest leadership in serving others through involvement in student organizations or volunteering in community settings.

Loyola University Chicago has awarded the President’s Medallion annually to its most outstanding students for almost 50 years.  The President’s Medallions and President’s Ball are longstanding Loyola traditions.

Historically, the President’s Ball has provided an opportunity for student leaders to celebrate the founding of Loyola University, then known as St. Ignatius College, by Jesuit Father Arnold Damen and four other Jesuit priests more than 140 years ago. The spirit of Father Damen has endured to this day and is represented by the recipients of the President’s Medallion.

The President’s Medallion Reception, Dinner, and Ceremony are limited to the Medallion Recipients, their Deans, and a limited number of guests.  Attendance at this private event is by invitation only.