Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Hassan (Husni) and Safia Haddad Peace Award

Saint Xavier University/College of Arts and Sciences announces the annual competition for the Hassan (Husni) and Safia Haddad Peace Award and Scholarship. This award and scholarship is given annually to a student who prepares the best essay on the pursuit of peace. Applicants must be degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at Saint Xavier University, and who will be enrolled full-time in the academic year.

Applicants are asked to describe and analyze an experience (or a sequence of related experiences) during the course of your University education that helped you better understand the complexities of and paths toward achieving peace in the world today. A possible focus for your essay might include one or more of the following:

This award honors the lives and contributions of Professors Hassan and Safia Haddad, whose teaching and research across a range of disciplines enriched the Saint Xavier community for four decades. The late Hassan Haddad was an internationally recognized scholar in Middle Eastern studies, whose passion was to foster understanding and peaceful relations among cultures. Safia Haddad chaired the Foreign Languages Department for 26 years, taught French and the sociology of education, and embodied international culture for countless students. This award and scholarship reflects the Haddads’ enduring commitment to peace as well as the global reach of their scholarship, influence and circle of friends.


Essays to be considered for the Hassan (Husni) and Safia Haddad Peace Award and Scholarship must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (N-207) by February 1.

The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will appoint three full-time faculty to serve as judges (one from the Department of Language and Literature and two from other disciplines). Essays will be judged according to three criteria: relevance to the stated topic, sophistication of analysis and rhetorical style. The decision of the judges will be final. The award consists of a plaque and a scholarship of $1,000 towards future tuition.