Scholarships and Awards
Saint Xavier University offers a wide range of scholarships and awards to qualified students that are mostly based on academic merit. Each scholarship and award requirements vary. Please see below for Saint Xavier awards that are given to students for academic excellence. For information concerning SXU scholarships and their application details, please visit the scholarship directory.
The Academic Distinguished Alumni Awards honor those graduates whose lives most successfully emulate the values designated by each school or college of the University. We have four Academic Distinguished Alumni Awards; the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, the George K. McGuire School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, the Graham School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award and the School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award.
To learn more about these awards and past winners, please visit our Academic Distinguished Alumni Awards page.
In varied ways, SXU alumni devote themselves to making the world a better place. To recognize the achievements of its graduates, the SXU National Alumni Association has established the Spirit of Saint Xavier Award, the Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon '19 Award and the Rita A. Ford '98, Faith in the Future Award.
To learn more about these awards and past winners, please visit our Alumni Association Awards page.
College of Arts and Sciences Awards
Periodically, the biology faculty selects a graduating student to receive the Botanical Society of America Award. The recipient of this award is a student who has excelled in academics as a botany major, demonstrated a passion for botany, and shows promise of continued pursuit of knowledge. The faculty look at ways in which the student has utilized knowledge of botany in service to the department and community as factors in selecting the recipient.
|Barbara Niels||Peter Nilles||Richard Hyerczyk||Ellen Irion|
In 1995, the Cancer Federation selected Saint Xavier University as a recipient of the Cancer Federation Award to be awarded in perpetuity. Each year one or more biology students are selected by the faculty to receive the award. The monetary component of the award is credited to the student's tuition. In addition, the student receives a medallion which bears the image of a microscope and the student's name is added to a plaque in the S wing.
The work of the Cancer Federation is three-fold. It supports research, scholarship and publishing. In selecting the recipients, the faculty consider a variety of student characteristics and interests. Among those are dedication to continued education, interest in scholarship/research and financial need. Because the award involves a tuition reduction, it is awarded before the student's senior year.
|Salam Zyghayer||Dawn Patitucci||Zyad Al-Zaibak|
|Debra Wajda||Daniel Baleckaitis|
|Yvonne O'Connell||Gabriela Gracia||William Stroud|
|Christopher Rodriguez||Jessica Zang|
|John Nino||Audrey Mareska||Ryan Herbert|
|Eva Yakamova||Catherine Smith||Christina Palmer|
The Chemical Rubber Company Chemistry Achievement Award is presented to the student who is a declared chemistry major and earns the highest composite grade in CHEM 111 and CHEM 112. Both CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 must be taken at Saint Xavier University for the student to be eligible to receive this award. The student is awarded a copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
|1979||Donna Stachnik||1997||Coby Adamczyk|
|1980||Christine Strock||1998||No Recipient|
|1981||Melanie Cerinich||1999||Jermaine Benjamin|
|1982||Rosemarie Rinkus||2000||Rochelle T. Sweiss|
|1983||Madeline Moriarty||2001||Tanya Hunter|
|1984||Marla Butler-Modschiedler||2002||Lisseth Carranza|
|1985||Pamela Mahany||2003||Catherine N. Pearce|
|1986||Sandra Budz||2004||Sean Banasiak|
|1987||Emelie Ilarde||2005||Beatriz Gomez|
|1988||Alvin Uptain||2006||Durdana Rahman|
|1989||Lori Kessler||2007||Christine Bonvillian|
|1990||Dennis Moore||2008||Chau Truong|
|1991||Sarah Bultrus||2009||Ryan Bain|
|1992||Craig Walters||2010||Michael K. Brannon|
|1993||Keith McMaster||2011||Meghan E. Duffy|
|1994||Stephen Semlow||2012||Cydnee Harris|
|1995||Fred Tomasek||2013||Ngoc Vo|
The Excellence in Biological Research Award acknowledges the work of a biology major who has excelled in the conduct of original research projects.
|Dora Martinez||Jennifer Pietrucha||Catherine Smith|
The Sister Margaret Grant, C.S.J. Memorial Award is a monetary award presented to a graduating senior who has been accepted by a medical or law school, and who has demonstrated superior academic achievement and significant interactional skills in the classroom, extracurricular activities, civic involvement or employment.
Sister Margaret Grant was a member of the Saint Xavier Science faculty from 1969 to 1975. Following her service at Saint Xavier, Sister Margaret attended law school and served her order in that capacity.
The Sister Margaret Grant, C.S.J. Memorial Award was established through contributions from James A. Klein, M.D., L.L.D., an alumnus of Saint Xavier University.
Because many of the criteria for the award are the very criteria used by professional schools to select the students they admit, there are several worthy students each year at Saint Xavier. Therefore, in recent years, the award has been bestowed on the first student of a graduating class to be admitted to a professional school. In addition to a monetary award, the recipient's name is added to a plaque on the second floor of the S wing.
|Jessica Sulkowski||Sakeba Sughayer||Emil Zager|
|Kenneth Allen||Julia Prunicki||Gwen Gottlinger|
|Aneeq Rafiq||Pam Brosnan||Michael Kozek|
|Christopher Rodriguez||Karen Lawrence||Karen Spurgash|
|Stacie Raymond||Laura Wiziecki||Kathleen Halleran|
|Andrew Johanek||Mark Regnier|
The Dr. K. Lucille McCluskey Chemistry Award is presented to the student (or students if a tie occurs) who earns the highest composite grade in CHEM 111 and CHEM 112. Both CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 must be taken at Saint Xavier University for the student to be eligible to receive this award.
|1992||Kathlen Bewley and Salam Zughayer||2004||Craig Sonneveld|
|1993||Debra Wajda||2005||Timothy Klus|
|1994||Michael Boyle||2006||Durdana Rahman|
|1995||Ja-Youn Hur||2007||Oleksandr Grechko|
|1996||Paul Ziolkowski||2008||Chau Truong|
|1997||Christopher Rodriguez||2009||Patrick Higgins|
|1999||Karina V. Laszcz||2010||Michael K. Brannon|
|1999||Lori Scheibe||2011||Brian Studnicka|
|2000||Rochelle Sweis||2012||Suzanne Broski|
|2001||Ryan Herbert||2013||Robert Potoczek|
|2002||Joseph Higgins||2014||Kody Kleinrichert|
Each year one senior is selected to receive the Sister Denis O'Grady Criminal Justice Award for outstanding performance. Born on March 21, 1915, Sister Denis entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1937. Sister Denis was a 1937 graduate of Saint Xavier College. She earned her master's degree at Loyola University in 1946 and her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 1950. She died March 29, 2008, at the age of 93.
Sister Denis was known for her untiring dedication to students and academic success, and she prepared hundreds of students for careers in law, law enforcement and other criminal justice-related careers. The late Dr. Hassan Haddad, a colleague of Sister Denis, wrote the following commendation in 1984:
"For her love of service to the college, for her dedication to the welfare of the students, for her concern with the graduates for years after they leave the college, for cementing emotional ties between graduates and their alma mater, and for selfless hard work on behalf of all..."
Each year, the biology faculty select a graduating student to receive the Outstanding Biologist Award. The recipient of this award is a student who has excelled in academics as a biology major, demonstrated a passion for biology and shows promise of continued pursuit of knowledge. Involvement in student activities in the Science Department, the University and the community are considered important criteria by the faculty when selecting the recipient.
|Audrey Mareska||Kimberly White||Michael Beck|
|Mujahida Baram||Michael Boyle||Karen Lawrence|
|Stephen Banasiak||David Hirstius||Kathleen Casper|
|Adriana Romero||Karen K. Parker||Kathi Yelen|
|William Fager||Aaron Coby||Gregory Ozark|
Margaret E. Yates, a former SXU chemistry faculty member, and her husband graciously established two scholarships at the University. Monetary awards are presented to top ranking students in first year chemistry classes. One award is the Dr. K. Lucille McCluskey Chemistry Award for a student who earns the highest composite grade in Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112. The second award is the Margaret E. Yates Chemistry Award for a student who earns the highest composite grade in Chemistry 251 and Chemistry 252. Both courses must be taken at Saint Xavier University.
|1998||Laura Waltz||2007||Donna Karge|
|1999||Karina Laszcz||2008||Jodie Gaw|
|2000||Joseph Kinsella||2009||Benjamin Noffke and Chau Truong|
|2001||Jennifer Selvage||2010||Patrick G. Higgins|
|2002||Christina Palmer||2011||Magdalena Siodlak|
|2003||Matthew Bauer||2012||Matthew Anton|
|2004||Catherine Pearce||2013||Shayna Cruz|
|2005||Ellen Savaglio||2014||Robert Potoczek|
School of Education Awards
The Sister M. Irenaeus Chekouras Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes a graduate student who has displayed high academic achievement, service to education and outstanding contribution to scholarship, based on excellence in writing as evidenced by a research project or other scholarly paper.
School of Education faculty members nominate candidates for this award and select the awardee.
The Sister Mary Dominic Merwick Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recognizes an undergraduate student who has displayed high academic achievement, exemplary student teaching and service to education.
School of Education faculty members nominate candidates for this award and select the awardee.
Each spring semester, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs co-sponsor the Excellence in Writing Awards. This recognition intends to foster high-level competence in written communication by Saint Xavier University students.
All students, including graduate and part-time, are eligible to submit papers in two categories: Academic Writing (including documented research papers, literature reviews, case studies and analysis of a literary text or work of art) and Creative Writing (including personal narratives or other creative non-fiction, fiction or poetry). Undergraduate and graduate awards are given in each category.
Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In the spirit of Lincoln, Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. Laureate nominations are reviewed by a committee of Saint Xavier faculty, staff and students, and a recipient is typically selected by mid-October. Student Laureate Medallions are presented annually in late October or early November at an award ceremony in the Hall of Representatives of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Saint Xavier's Student Laureate is also honored at the annual University Awards day in April.
Each Student Laureate will be presented the following in recognition of outstanding achievement:
- The Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Medallion
- A Certificate of Achievement
- The Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award (in the amount of $1,000)
- Nominees must be graduating in 2017 with a baccalaureate degree.
- Download the Lincoln Award Nomination Form (PDF) or pick one up in the Office for Student Affairs (Warde Academic Center, L-208).
- Nominations are due on October 14, 2016 in the Office for Student Affairs (Warde Academic Center, L-208). Electronic submissions may be sent to email@example.com.
- All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff and students who will forward their recommendation to the President of Saint Xavier University.
|2007||Angelo Bonadonna Jr.|
|1980||Mary Ann Roccaforte|
|The 2016 recipient, Meghan Hill, pictured right with Illinois Governer Bruce Rauner.|