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Center for Community Service and Justice

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CCSJ acknowledges the outstanding contributions of Loyola community partners, students, and faculty annually.

Milch Community Partnership Award

The Milch Award recognizes one community group, organization, or agency annually who contributed most significantly to the betterment of the intellectual, cultural, social or commercial life of greater Baltimore over the past year.

Founded in 1979 by Robert A. Milch, professor of management and dean of the executive graduate program in management from 1977-1981 and his mother, Mrs. Pearl S. Milch, Loyola presents this award, and its monetary gift, annually during commencement.

Learn more about the nomination process and view a list of previous Milch Award Recipients.  All Loyola community members are encouraged to nominate groups who collaborated closely with the university to generate positive community impact over the past year.  Please note that a past recipient may receive the award once every five years.

Submit a nomination for the Milch Award

The Rev. John P. O'Connor, S.J. Community Service Award

Annually during Loyola’s commencement celebrations, the Rev. John P. O’Connor, S.J. Community Service Award is presented to a graduating senior who has displayed outstanding participation in service to the Baltimore community and who has significantly connected her or his interest in service and justice with the Loyola community.

Named for Rev. John P. O’Connor, S.J., a member of the Campus Ministry staff and a faculty member of the Classics Department at Loyola from 1982 until his death in 1988, the awardee is selected based on nominations submitted by members of the Loyola community. Learn more about the nomination process and view a list of previous recipients. 

Nominate a Student

All Loyola community members are encouraged to nominate graduating seniors students who demonstrate a personal commitment to and deep involvement in community service throughout their tenure at Loyola University, maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and, demonstrate significant leadership role in creating awareness in the Loyola community about issues of community service and social justice, resulting in a broad impact across campus.

Submit a Nomination for the Rev. John P. O’Connor Award

The Community Service Award

Each year at Loyola’s Gratias ceremony during September Family Weekend, the Community Service Award is given to undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors who made a substantial contribution to the greater Baltimore community through service in the previous academic year and remain in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

At the Faculty Excellence Celebration on Maryland Day each spring, Loyola recognizes and celebrates a faculty member who has made extraordinary contributions in engaged scholarship. Engaged scholarship is ideally a product of reciprocal, mutually-beneficial partnerships between the university’s knowledge centers—the faculty, students, curriculum, classrooms, and library—and community agencies, persons, and other resources. By advancing social justice, engaged citizenship, transformative learning, and disciplinary knowledge, such partnerships are an example of Loyola’s Jesuit mission in action.

Awardees receive a plaque and an honorarium and designate a community partner to receive an additional honorarium.

View a list of previous recipients  (pdf)

Nominate a Faculty Member (pdf) Please email completed forms to acadaffairs@loyola.edu
Download Award Criteria and Application for Nominees (pdf) Please email completed applications to CELS@loyola.edu

Send-Off to Service

In the spirit of men and women for and with others, Loyola annually recognizes graduating seniors and graduate students who have committed to one or more years of full-time post-graduate service. This includes, but is not limited to: Jesuit Volunteer Corps, AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps, Teach for America, and Loyola Teach in Thailand.

Students committed to postgraduate service are recognized publicly at the university's Baccalaureate Mass, listed in the mass program, and invited with their family to a reception immediately following mass from 3-5 pm on the Friday prior to commencement. Loyola's Center for Community Service + Justice is honored to host an annual send-off reception to provide an opportunity for students and families to meet and support each other for the journey ahead.