2023 Cardinal Leadership Award Nominations are Open! 

Review the awards below and click here to complete the Nomination Form! Nominations are due February 20 at 9am. 

 

Gerard J. Rehel Memorial Award

In honor of this former USG president, this award is presented to a student government representative who has displayed outstanding participation in student government. This award is open to all Catholic U undergraduate students. 

 

Mary Elinor Smith Community Service Award

Mary Elinor Smith received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 1950. She began lecturing at Catholic and became the dean of women in 1952. She also was the university's first dean of students and was the president of the Regional Association of Women Deans and Counselors in 1966. This award is presented to a student or student organization that has been instrumental in forming and strengthening bonds between the university and the greater metropolitan area through participation in community service activities and/or projects. This award is open to all Catholic U undergraduate students. 

 

Martha Comiskey Memorial Award

Martha Comiskey was a very active student in the early 1960s. One of her accomplishments was the creation of the Fine Arts Council, which ultimately became the Program Board. She was socially action-minded, an excellent student and very dedicated to the university. This award is presented to a student in recognition of a high level of dedication to university activities, an ability and willingness to motivate his or her fellow students, and especially for an unwavering commitment to Catholic University's goals. This award is open to all Catholic U undergraduate students. 

 

Monsignor Robert Paul Mohan '42, '43, and '48 Student Award

Monsignor Mohan was an alumnus, a faculty member, and the chaplain and chaplain emeritus of the Catholic U Alumni Association. He remained closely connected to the alumni association and participated as an alumni leader, faithfully attending many alumni events. As a student, professor, and alumni leader at Catholic University, Monsignor Robert Paul Mohan exhibited an excitement for life, love of his alma mater and for people from all walks of life, and an unending enthusiasm for education. His dedication to faith and philosophy, and a knowledge and love of the arts was noted by all who conversed with him in the classroom, socially, and as he strolled across the campus he loved. The student selected for this award should display the aforementioned qualities of character. This award is open to all Catholic U undergraduate students. 

 

Our Community Award

This award is presented to a Catholic University student and/or group of students serving above and beyond the principles of Our commUNITY, My Responsibility. The recipient(s) promotes a sense of community and a culture of civility in the Catholic U community and surrounding communities. Nominees should promote these important community values through activities, programming, initiatives, and/or education. The ideal award recipient will have tangibly demonstrated their commitment to the principles of Our commUNITY, My Responsibility. This award is open to all Catholic U undergraduate students. 

 

Sam Williams Memorial Award

While attending Catholic in the early 1970s, Sam Williams was very active in BOSA-CUA and committed to his objective of fostering greater understanding among the students. Before he was able to graduate from Catholic, his life came to a tragic end as he was killed in an automobile accident. This award is presented in his memory to a student who has contributed significantly to the activities of minority or international students, enhanced communication, and furthered understanding among culturally and ethnically diverse groups on campus and in the community. This award is designated for outstanding service and the recipient need not have held an organizational leadership position. This award is open to all Catholic U undergraduate students. 

 

Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award

This award is presented annually to one undergraduate student for exceptional contributions to the office or department in which he or she works. Student employee nominations, as submitted by their supervisors, are evaluated and ranked by a committee of readers on the following criteria: reliability, quality of work, initiative and creativity. This award is open to all Catholic U undergraduate students. 

 

President's Award

This highest university award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated prominent leadership, outstanding scholarship, and who exemplifies the highest ideals of Christianity. Nominees should have a G.P.A. of 3.8 or better and they should have distinguished themselves in successful leadership role(s) in various activities throughout their career at Catholic. It should be clear that, through their involvement in one or more organizations or activities, they have made a positive impact on the community and that the organization/activity would not have been as successful without the vision and guidance of this individual. This award is open to all Catholic U senior students. 

 

Father Stratemeier Award

Father Stratemeier was the university chaplain from 1935 until his death in 1947. He was known for his congenial personality and sincere concern for each student at the university. Those who knew him said he always made time for students and was concerned with all facets of their lives. The award was first named for him in 1948 for excellence in extracurricular activities as well as scholarship. This award is the second highest honor presented to a senior male and the nominee should have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better. Distinguished leadership, responsibility and the nominee's service to the university and fellow students should set him apart from other active individuals. This award is open to all male, Catholic U senior students.

 

Marian Award

This award was first given by the Colombians sorority in honor of Our Lady. It is the second highest honor awarded to a senior female and the nominee should have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better. Distinguished leadership, responsibility and the nominee's service to the university and fellow students should set her apart from other active individuals. This award is open to all female, Catholic U senior students. 

 

Frank Kuntz Award

Frank Kuntz was the first undergraduate student at Catholic and the first graduate, as a member of the class of 1907. He was an active student who was very committed to the university. To honor Frank Kuntz, this award is presented to a graduating senior who has been active in a range of campus events and organizations and has displayed a devotion to the Church and service to the community. This award is open to all Catholic U seniors.

 

Peggy Shaker Award

Peggy Shaker was the first president of the Undergraduate Student Government when its name was changed from Student Council. This award is presented in honor of the last Student Council president and the first USG president to a graduating senior who has displayed exceptional leadership ability. This award is open to all Catholic U seniors. 

 

Right Reverend Denis J. O'Connell Award

Right Reverend Denis J. O'Connell was the third rector of Catholic University from 1903 to 1909. During that time he worked to establish educational improvements and was instrumental in the creation of the annual collection that is taken up in all dioceses for the advancement of the pontifical university in Washington, D.C. He saw that academic procedures were formalized to fit accepted standards and that the base of the university's education program was extended to include undergraduate training as well as graduate studies. This award is presented to a graduating senior in honor of undergraduate education at Catholic. The student is active with at least one student organization and is the driving force behind that organization. This award is open to all Catholic U seniors. 

 

Mary J. O'Dwyer Flynn Memorial Award

Mary J. O'Dwyer Flynn was a woman of many talents and interests. Before coming to Catholic, she had been selected to serve on the 1944 U.S. Olympic diving and fencing teams. She came to Catholic in 1949 as a student to pursue a Master's degree in social work, which she received in 1951. She then became a member of the faculty and taught from 1951 to 1961 and 1971 to 1988. In 1973 she was recognized with the first NCSSS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, which she continued to receive for the next 15 consecutive years. In 1987, she was appointed associate dean of NCSSS. She often consulted with NIH on social work issues and with the World Health Organization on AIDS related issues until her death in 1989. This award is the highest honor presented to a junior female. The nominee should have a G.P.A. of 3.7 or better, have taken a prominent leadership role and have exemplified the highest ideals of Christianity. This award is open to all female, Catholic U junior students. 

 

Roy Bode Memorial Award

Roy Bode was an instructor of rational psychology and philosophy for ten years before being named Catholic's first director of alumni relations in 1960. He spent six years as the executive secretary for the university's Alumni Association. In 1969 he returned to teaching as an associate professor of philosophy and was appointed assistant to the dean in 1973. This award is the highest honor presented to a junior male. The nominee should have a G.P.A. of 3.7 or better, have taken a prominent leadership role and have exemplified the highest ideals of Christianity. This award is open to all male, Catholic U junior students. 

 

John J. Convey Award

John J. Convey PhD. served as provost and chief academic officer at Catholic for 10 years. An avid supporter of Student Life on campus, he was ever present at university programs and events that foster and celebrate student success. Convey also served as the chair of the Department of Education and returned to a professorship in fall 2007, so that he continued to touch the lives of future educators. This award is presented in his honor to a sophomore student who has been active in student life and academic pursuits and has demonstrated leadership potential for his or her future endeavors at Catholic. This award is open to all Catholic U sophomore students. 

 

Zack S. Billotte Memorial Award

Zack S. Billotte was a young man known for his class, style and grace. He passed away unexpectedly during his senior year. In his first year at Catholic, Zack served as USG class of 2006 President. A politics major, he was also an active member of the College Republicans. Zack brought vitality and life to all he did. He was motivated and had a contagious happiness. This award is presented in his memory to a first year student who has been active in student life and academic pursuits and has demonstrated leadership potential for his or her future endeavors at Catholic. This award is open to all Catholic U freshman students

 

Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award

This award is presented annually to one graduate student for exceptional contributions to the office or department in which he or she works. Student employee nominations, as submitted by their supervisors, are evaluated and ranked by a committee of readers on the following criteria: reliability, quality of work, initiative and creativity. This award is open to all Catholic U graduate students. 

 

Vincent P. Walter, Jr. Community Service Award

This award is presented in memory of Vincent P. Walter, who died tragically in August 2000. Mr. Walter spent his entire career at Catholic in a variety of positions, serving as the director of alumni relations, the general secretary of the university and secretary to the Board of Trustees. During his tenure at Catholic, he was always involved with and concerned about Catholic's interaction with the community of Washington, D.C., and beyond. The award is presented to a graduate student who has distinguished himself or herself through his or her contributions and efforts in the area of community service. This award is open to all Catholic U graduate students.