Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Patrick J. Casey Scholarship

The Patrick J. Casey Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to one or more students enrolled at the University's College of Arts and Sciences.  Preference will be given to students who declare English as a major course of study and who demonstrate financial need, as determined by the University. Applications are due January 15.


The Patrick J. Casey Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Dr. Casey, who was a member of the English department for forty-five years and served as Dean of the Rome Center from 1966-72. His field was Irish literature, and he could make the great writers of his native country come alive for his students. In recognition of his outstanding teaching and service, he was named Professor Emeritus when he retired in 1992. 

In the words of a former student, “Yeats and Joyce were his gods, I recall his saying at his retirement party. What he brought to us—those of us that listened closely—was a demonstration of what was so valuable in these writers’ lives and works: that is, their connection to humanity, to the daily lives of regular people.”

Another wrote, “I still remember the passion and intensity he put into rendering the meaning and purpose of those writers of his land of origin. He was truly a man of literature and a man of deep feeling, characteristics which made him a very good teacher and a truly wonderful person.” 

He was also a valued colleague, as the following comment indicates: “I can say truly that I knew no one in any department of the university who communicated the joy of his profession, who cared for his students and colleagues and who loved his home country more than Patrick. His warm smile, his friendliness, his humility and his intelligence were extraordinary qualities that all of us who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him will remember.”