Saint Xavier University Students

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

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 …”