Loyola University Chicago

Ricci Scholars

Scholarship Awardees

Each year, Loyola offers scholarship to highly qualified students who spend their junior year studying and conducting cross-cultural research at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center and the Loyola Vietnam Center. Students prepare their research proposals and apply for this unique scholarship as sophomores, conduct field research and travel as juniors, and complete their projects as seniors.

Five Loyola Students have been awarded the prestigious Study-Abroad Ricci Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. These students will spend their Fall semester in Rome, Italy at the John Felice Rome Center and their Spring Semester in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at the Loyola Vietnam Center. The new Ricci Scholars are: Keegan Butler, Samantha Chipman, Emma Mitchell, Ramat Mohammed, and Abigail Peterson.

Keegan Butler, from West Chester, Ohio is majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Italian. He is also pursuing the 4 +1 MBA program at Loyola. Inspired by social media driven globalization and growing digital advertising, his project will investigate how companies are influencing the younger generation and how their strategies vary across different social media platforms.

Samantha Chipman, from Willmette, Illinois, is a member of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. She is majoring in English with minors in Chinese and Philosophy. Her research compares Italian and Vietnamese religious ritual practices and burial rites. Inspired by her Chinese heritage, her project draws from her interest in Chinese philosophy and connecting with cultures around the globe.

Emma Mitchell, from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin is a member of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. She is majoring in Religious Studies with four minors in Mathematics, Catholic Studies, Peace Justice and Conflicts, and French Language and Literature.  Emma’s research will focus on the formation of Catholic priests in Italy and Vietnam, analyzing the intersection of cultural and sociological trends within the organization of religion. 

Ramat Mohammed, from Lemont, Illinois is majoring in International Business with a minor in Marketing. Her research explores the processes of non-governmental organizations in Rome and Ho Chi Minh City. She hopes to discover the extent of outreach of NGOs and the methods utilized by these organizations to give aid to those in need. Her inspiration for this topic comes from her personal life experiences growing up in Ghana, West Africa and seeing firsthand how people and organizations can serve others.

Abigail Peterson, from Madison, Wisconsin is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Non-profit Management. Her project addresses unethical digital advertising and consumer protection. She will focus on companies in the sports and beauty industries, specifically analyzing how they use consumer information to advertise and the ethical implications of their methods.

Scholarship Awardees