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Scholarships and Awards

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.

Alumni Awards

Academic Distinguished Alumni Awards

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.

Alumni Association Awards

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

Botanical Society of America Award

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.

Previous Recipients

1993 1994 1995 1996
Barbara Niels Peter Nilles Richard Hyerczyk Ellen Irion

Cancer Federation Award

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.

Previous Recipients

1996 1997 1998
Salam Zyghayer Dawn Patitucci Zyad Al-Zaibak
  Debra Wajda Daniel Baleckaitis
     
1999 2000 2001
Yvonne O'Connell Gabriela Gracia William Stroud
  Christopher Rodriguez Jessica Zang
     
2002 2003 2004
John Nino Audrey Mareska Ryan Herbert
Eva Yakamova Catherine Smith Christina Palmer

Sister M. Irenaeus Chekouras Award

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.

Education Department faculty members nominate candidates for this award and select the awardee.

Chemical Rubber Company (CRC) Chemistry Achievement Award

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.

Previous Recipients

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
1996 No Recipient    

Excellence in Biological Research Award

The Excellence in Biological Research Award acknowledges the work of a biology major who has excelled in the conduct of original research projects.

Previous Recipients

2002 2003 2004
Dora Martinez Jennifer Pietrucha Catherine Smith
Yvonne Stokes    

Sister Margaret Grant, C.S.J. Memorial Award

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.

Previous Recipients

2004 1996 1990
Jessica Sulkowski Sakeba Sughayer Emil Zager
2003 1995 1989
Kenneth Allen Julia Prunicki Gwen Gottlinger
2002 1994 1988
Aneeq Rafiq Pam Brosnan Michael Kozek
2001 1993 1987
Christopher Rodriguez Karen Lawrence Karen Spurgash
1999 1992 1986
Stacie Raymond Laura Wiziecki Kathleen Halleran
1998 1991  
Andrew Johanek Mark Regnier  

Dr. K. Lucille McCluskey Chemistry Award

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.

Previous Recipients

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
2003 Catherine Pearce 2015  TBA

Sister Mary Dominic Merwick Award

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.

Education Department faculty members nominate candidates for this award and select the awardee.

Sister Denis O'Grady Criminal Justice Award

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..."

Outstanding Biologist Award

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.

Previous Recipients

2004 1999 1994
Audrey Mareska Kimberly White Michael Beck
2003 1998 1993
Mujahida Baram Michael Boyle Karen Lawrence
2002 1997 1992
Stephen Banasiak David Hirstius Kathleen Casper
2001 1996 1991
Adriana Romero Karen K. Parker Kathi Yelen
2000 1995 1990
William Fager Aaron Coby Gregory Ozark
Vasso Melachrinidis

Margaret E. Yates Chemistry Award

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.

Previous Recipients

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
2006 Timothy Klus 2015 TBA

University-Wide Awards

Excellence in Writing Awards

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.

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award

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)
To view the procedure, nomination form and past recipients, please visit the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award page.