Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Gannon Scholars


The Gannon Scholars Leadership Program is a four-year progressive program that engages students in the development of leadership, service and research. We provide opportunities for leaders to investigate and analyze areas of concern in our suffering world in order to creatively design and apply workable solutions to build a more just social world order. Working collaboratively within the University and with global and local partners, we promote an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to shape women leaders for the 21st Century.

The Gannon Scholars Program was established in 1984 in honor of Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, an outstanding president of Mundelein College. Sister Ann Ida Gannon was a renowned leader in public, nonprofit, profit and ecclesial sectors of our world. The Gannon Scholars Program has developed a national reputation for successful programming and services that enhance and strengthen leadership of women.

Gannon Scholarship Application

Ten $8,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to incoming first year students who have already been accepted for full-time studies at Loyola University Chicago. These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholarship, and service and who will advance the mission of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership through undergraduate research. These scholarships are renewable for three additional years based on successful participation in the Gannon Scholars Program.

All applications must be submitted by Monday, February 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified about their application status no later than March 2, 2016. The applicants chosen as semi-finalists will be expected to participate in a Skype or on-campus interview during Loyola Weekend on April 2, 2016. Semi-finalists will be notified of the scholarship committee's decision in early April.

To access this year’s application, log on to the admitted students’ portal here: http://www.luc.edu/undergrad/admittedstudentportal/

Questions regarding the scholarship can be sent to shallett@luc.edu.

Gannon Scholarship Expectations

Be enrolled full-time at Loyola with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Attend scheduled meetings and actively participate in programs defined on an annual basis.

Complete at least one course by the end of sophomore year in Leadership Studies, Peace Studies, or Women’s Studies and Gender Studies.

Demonstrate leadership through involvement in the University and other local or global communities in addition to the Gannon Scholars Program.

Articulate and exemplify the mission of the Gannon Center in one’s own leadership, research, and service.

Engage in an undergraduate research project in one’s junior and senior years.

2015–2016 Gannon Scholars Program
Gannon Scholars Leadership Program
Event/Program Photos 2015–2016
Event/Program Photos 2014–2015
‌Gannon Scholar alumna Annemarie Barrett '12, lay missioner with Franciscan Mission Service in Bolivia