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Loyola Parkinson CHIE

Celebrating student success

At the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, we support and celebrate student success. Each year, we bestow the following awards to recognize those students who are excelling in the classroom, in the community, or both! 

President's Medallion

Every year, the University honors one student from each school and college who exemplifies the aims of a Jesuit education: leadership, scholarship, and service. These students excel not only in the classroom but also in the world and are dedicated to serving those around them. 

Parkinson Scholars

Named for Loyola University Chicago alumni Robert (“Bob”) and Betty Parkinson, the Robert and Betty Parkinson represent a group of exceptionally talented students who are dedicated to being “persons for others” and plan to use their Parkinson education to improve the health and healthcare of individuals, communities, and systems. Learn more about the Parkinson Scholars and how to apply:

Clarke Family Scholarship

Named for Katie (Camila) Clarke, RN, PhD, and John M. Clarke, this award honors the Clarke Family’s commitment to advancing the field of Healthcare Administration. Learn more about the Clarke Family Scholarship and how to apply. 

  • 2021 recipient: Radhika Arora  

Magis Awards

Recognizing graduates and their constant drive to learn more and be of greater service.

Each spring, the Parkinson School acknowledges exceptional students during its Magis Awards. Magis is a Latin word meaning "more" or "greater" and is related to the phrase "ad majorem Dei gloriam," the motto of the Society of Jesus and Loyola University Chicago. The awards recognize how honorees are always striving to do better and truly achieve magis  

Dean’s Gold Medallion

The School’s highest honor, this award is presented to four-year students who exemplify Jesuit values and demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service (GPA 3.7 or higher). 

2021 recipients:

  • Molly Reighard, Exercise Science
  • Evelyn Vandervoort, Healthcare Administration 

Advocacy and Leadership Award

This award recognizes graduates who demonstrate leadership abilities, service to Loyola or the surrounding community, and advocacy for quality health care to people in need. Awardees are expected to maintain a commitment to the continuation of high-quality health care systems and the education of students in the Loyola program through the alumni association. 

2021 recipients:

  • Kyra Sarris, Exercise Science
  • Vincent Oganwu, Healthcare Administration 

Spirit of St. Ignatius

This award is presented to students who demonstrate a positive influence on their peers and the Loyola community or surrounding community as well as demonstrate the Jesuit values of excellence, seeing God in all things, being a “person for others,” service with a focus on social justice, and global awareness. 

2021 recipients:

  • Lauren Bermke, Exercise Science
  • Ife Sholeve, Exercise Science
  • Daniela Gicla, Exercise Science
  • Dana Varughese, Healthcare Administration 

Internship Excellence

This award recognizes one intern each from both the Exercise Science and Healthcare Administration undergraduate programs who demonstrates exemplary commitment and accomplishment while completing their academic internship. 

2021 recipients:

  • Maggie Pacquer, Exercise Science
  • Megan Sturonas, Healthcare Administration 

Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society

Administered by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the mission of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to recognize, reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of healthcare management and policy. Undergraduate members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in 18 hours of work after officially declaring a healthcare administration major. Graduate members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 based on at least 18 hours of graduate work. 

2021 inductees: 

  • Ayishat Adeniran 
  • Mahima Arora 
  • Khadija Mansoor 
  • Helana Morkos 
  • Katherine Nolan 
  • Megan Sturonas
  • Evelyn Vandervoort 
  • Dana Varughese 
  • Andrew Vigansky 

Honors Certificate

2021 recipients: 

Exercise Science

  • Madison Colville 
  • Nathan Espiritu 
  • Maggie Pacquer 
  • Brian Santos 
  • Christos Travlos 
  • Mackenzie Westbrook 

Healthcare Administration

  • Ayishat Adeniran 
  • Benjamin Amani 
  • Mahima Arora 
  • Roksana Lech 
  • Morgan Mehochko 
  • Helana Morkos 
  • Megan Sturonas 
  • Dana Varughese 
  • Tyler Wott 
  • Gary Zeringue 

Scholastic Silver Medallion

2021 recipients: 

Exercise Science 

  • Lauren Bermke 
  • Michael Fiorante 
  • Molly Reighard 
  • Ifeoluwa Sholeye 
  • Aleksandra Witkos 

Healthcare Administration 

  • Fabian Becerra 
  • Emma Burke 
  • Hamzah Choudhry 
  • David Gagnon 
  • Khadija Mansoor 
  • Katherine Nolan 
  • Evelyn Vandervoort 
  • Andrew Vigansky 

Public Health 

  • Eric Karney

Other recognition

Dean's List

A semester-by-semester acknowledgement of those full-time students (taking 12 semester hours or more) who obtain at least a 3.5 grade point average in any given academic semester. Students on the dean's list receive personal acknowledgement from the dean. 

Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu is the international honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education. It was founded in 1915 to honor a select number of students each year based on scholarship, loyalty, and service. Alpha Sigma Nu is unique among honor societies in that it seeks to identify the most promising students in Jesuit schools. Inductees demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to the ideals – intellectual, social, moral, and religious – of Jesuit higher education. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus.