Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Damen Student Award

Nominate someone for a Damen Student Award

The Damen Student Award is named for Loyola University Chicago's founder, Arnold Damen, S.J. It seeks to honor undergraduate students who have committed themselves to Jesuit ideals by being a true source of inspiration and leadership to the Loyola community throughout the year. These students are people who have led other students in spirit, motivation and purpose.

Damen Student Awards Criteria & Selection Process

  • Any currently enrolled undergraduate student is eligible.
  • No nominee may receive this award for two consecutive years.
  • A faculty, staff, students, or administrator must nominate nominee.
  • Self-nominations are prohibited.
  • A maximum of ten to twelve awards will be presented each year
  • Nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2015.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
  • Nominees screened by Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and Behavioral Concerns Team
  • VP of Student Development/DSD screens nominee list
  • Students vote on finalists.
  • The Vice President for Student Development screens final roster to achieve balance based upon race, ethnicity, religion, major, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Click the following to read the 2015 Excellence Awards Committee Committee Principle of Ethics‌.
  • Note: Campaigning for votes will disqualify you or your organization as a candidate for the 2014-2015 Damen Awards. Campaigning by the nominee or via proxy, includes but is not limited to: banners, flyers, social media posts, mass emails, and similar forms of publicity.


Jesuit Ideals

  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Faith in God and the religious experience.
  • Service that promotes justice.
  • Values-based leadership.
  • Global awareness.

For more information on Jesuit Ideals, please see The Value of a Jesuit Education.


Rubrics for Individual Damen Awards
  1- Limited 2- Moderate 3- Extensive 4- Excellent
Source of Inspiration to the Loyola Community (Institutional Pride & Community Building) Inconsistent  demonstration of institutional pride. Moderate demonstration of institutional pride or community building. Fosters a sense of institutional pride and community building. Articulates two or more examples of inspiration and leadership with direct reference to at least three Jesuit ideals, with multiple examples descriptively illustrating how student has inspired and led at Loyola.
Source of Leadership to the Loyola Community (Role Modeling) Limited demonstration of leadership/ role modeling within the Loyola community. Some ability to articulate what leadership in Loyola community means, but does not consistently model leadership. Consistently demonstrates leadership abilities in the Loyola community. Consistent source of leadership in Loyola community and beyond, and helps other develop.
Understanding of Loyola’s Mission and Core Values Limited illustration of understanding and enacting Loyola’s mission and core values. Illustration of understanding and enacting Loyola’s mission and core values. Clear articulation of understanding Loyola’s mission and living out 3 or more core values. Advanced articulation of understanding and enacting Loyola’s mission and living out 4-5 core values.
Academic Performance 2.5 - 2.89 GPA 2.9 - 3.29 GPA 3.3 - 3.69 GPA 3.7 - 4.0 GPA


Questions? Please contact ExcellenceAwards@luc.edu or 312-915-6233.