Sellinger Scholars Application Information

Note: The following information is for the Class of 2024. Access the application for the Class of 2025.

Please read the following instructions thoroughly.

Application

Complete the below online application form no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021. You will be prompted to provide contact information for a recommendation and to attach your required essay.

Essay

Submit an essay that responds to the question prompt below. Essays should be no longer than two typed pages, double spaced, 11-point font, margins no greater than 1 inch.

Essay Question

In light of the statement excerpts below, please respond to the following question:

As a student at a Jesuit institution, a member of the Baltimore community, and as a future business professional, how will you meaningfully lead and advance causes of diversity, equality and inclusion? How will you be an ally and agent for transformational change?

Excerpts from a Statement from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., President of Loyola University Maryland (June 1, 2020):

“As we see protests unfolding in cities across our nation in response to recent acts of racial violence, I encourage you to consider the importance of giving voice and taking action in a proactive way that works to bring about justice. […] We need to ask ourselves how our educational tradition urges us to stand with these issues in a different, bolder way.”

“Whatever our individual choices and acts, we are also involved in structures that are inherently oppressive. We need to consider not just one-to-one action—which is important—but also how we can organize the power of our community to change structures that have racism and oppression at their centers.”

“In this moment, I also invite you to embrace the concept of allyship—not just in our words, but in genuinely and courageously caring for and supporting one another. As members of a Jesuit, Catholic university community, we have the opportunity—and, in fact, the obligation—to stand together in meaningful ways that will lead to greater justice in our world. Each of us will have to discern what that means for us as individuals, but we can be certain that being silent is not an option.”

Excerpts from a Joint Statement from Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer; Marianna Carlucci, Faculty Fellow for Equity and Inclusion; Amanda Thomas, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (June 1, 2020):

“At Loyola, we are not merely observers of our world; our mission challenges us to determine and embrace our responsibility to take up issues of social justice and stand in solidarity with those who are marginalized. […] As an intellectual community, we aim to make sense of our current realities and apply the frameworks of our disciplines to advance thinking, conversations, discoveries, creative pursuits, and actions toward aims of antiracism, equity, inclusion, and justice.”

Excerpts from a Joint Statement from Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer (June 10, 2020):

“If we don’t sit with each other, listen to each other, open ourselves to each other in trusting relationships, however, we will get this wrong. Without these key steps and dispositions, we will not get to systemic change that is meaningful and transformational. […] In this moment, we need to be ready for transformational change. We must lean into our mission while always aiming for greater levels of accountability, transparency, and communication. We also must provide space for each of us to make mistakes, learn, grow, heal, and pledge greater collaboration and true, sustained commitment to our common goals.”

Excerpts from a Joint Statement from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., President and Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer (June 11, 2020):

“As protests and conversations around racism continue around our nation, members of our university community are engaged in painful discussions and taking action. We must come together, however, to consider what more we can and should do as individuals and as a university community.

Racism also means that members of our own Loyola community are suffering from acts of bias and exclusion and hatred. As an institution, we feel great remorse and responsibility for the way we have knowingly and unknowingly contributed to the systemic racism and to the pain and injustice members of our community have experienced. We recognize that is not who we are and what we are called to be as a Jesuit, Catholic university community. We are striving to do better as we work together to create a more inclusive, equitable Loyola.

As a community, we are committed to being contemplatives in action. […] We are a community that is intended for greatness. We invite you to lean into our Jesuit tradition, embrace all that is best about our community, and step up to work against racism and for justice.”

Recommendation Form

Your reference will be contacted via email to complete a recommendation form upon submission of your application. But you may also directly send the link for the recommendation form to the Loyola faculty or administrator you wish to provide a recommendation: https://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business/academics/undergraduate/sellinger-scholars/recommendation.

While a recommendation from a Loyola faculty member is preferred, a recommendation from an employer, coach, or teacher is also acceptable. Personal recommendations will not be accepted.

The recommendation is due no later than 5 p.m. on March 12, 2021.

When will final decisions be made?

The selection committee (directors of the program) will review your application, essay, and recommendation. Final decisions will be available by April 2, 2021. Class size is determined by the quality of the applicant pool.

For more information or questions, please contact Jan O'Brien, sellingerscholars@loyola.edu.

Loyola University Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, or any other legally protected classification in the administration of any of its educational programs and activities or with respect to admission or employment. The designated compliance officer to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, is Kathleen Parnell, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, 5000 York Rd., Rm. 204, 410-617-1350, kmparnell@loyola.edu. The coordinator to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is Katsura Kurita, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, 110 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5646, kkurita@loyola.edu. Loyola University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students.

Online Application Form

Please complete this form in its entirety.

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