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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. The Milch Award Selection Committee is made up of a collection of esteemed colleagues across Loyola University Maryland.  

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 their 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 past winners.

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
AWARD CRITERIA and Application for Nominee (pdf) Please email completed applications to

Post-Graduate Service Recognition

In the spirit of "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, and Teach for America. Students committed to postgraduate service are recognized publicly at the university's Baccalaureate Mass and listed in the mass program.

Distinguished Community Engagement Honors

Forty graduating seniors are recognized at Commencement Exercises for their significant contributions in service, justice, and community engagement with our Baltimore community throughout their time at Loyola. Awardees receive black and gold academic cords, representing the colors of Baltimore City.