For the Difference They Make: The rich history of Seattle University is built upon the dedication, hard work, and voluntary service of individuals within the University's alumni and the Jesuit community. The unwavering faith of these individuals in the educational mission of the University and their selfless dedication to advancing Seattle University's progress is the foundation upon which past and future accomplishments have been built.
Being at the core of Jesuit teachings and the Catholic faith, service is a hallmark of our community. And for some, it is performed with such love, humility, and joy that it inspires – and even leads -- our purpose and progress. Named in honor of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits whose work inspires Seattle University's mission today, the St. Ignatius Medal aims to recognize individuals within our community who have inspired us with their voluntarism, leadership, humility, and service and whose work has influenced profoundly the progress of the University.
Recipients of the St. Ignatius Medal will:
- have served the University or a cause or mission that advances the work of the University directly in a volunteer capacity for at least 10 years.
- demonstrate through service and/or faith an unwavering belief in the mission of Seattle University.
- represent through a record of contributions in service a commitment to a just and humane world.
- provide inspiration, through a record of achievements inspired in the Jesuit tradition, so that others might be motivated toward similar achievements and service.
The award may only be given once a year. The recipient may be an individual, a married couple, or, in rare cases, a group whose work satisfies the award criteria. A recipient may receive the award only once during his or her lifetime. If no eligible recipients are identified or endorsed in a particular year, the St. Ignatius Medal will not be given.