Recognizing Student Leadership

2020 marks 51 years that Student Affairs has recognized student leadership through an awards program. Student Affairs recognizes that leadership is multi-faceted as well as situated. Thus, students are recognized for leadership that speaks to the concept of Magis, “the more universal good.” We understand Magis to mean depth and not necessarily quantity and our awards reflect this understanding. Please see the links to the right to learn more about the awards process.

Award recipients will be celebrated at a reception and brief program on Sunday, April 19, 2020:

10:00 AM Celebration Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Family.
Reverend Andy Thon, S.J. presiding. All are welcome to attend.

11:00 AM Reception and Awards Presentation in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballrooms. Light refreshments  served.

Photos from the recognition program will be available after Thursday, April 23.


Award Criteria

  • Recipients are full-time undergraduate students who, through their leadership, have made outstanding contributions to the university or Milwaukee community over the duration of their time at Marquette.
  • Students are not recognized solely on the basis of their employment records or office or position held, but for the breadth and depth of their leadership.
  • Eligibility for nomination is based on scholarship, leadership and service. Award recipients must be in good academic and disciplinary standing and demonstrate a balance of academic and co-curricular excellence. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is expected for award recipients.
  • All full-time undergraduate students regardless of class-standing are eligible for awards (except where noted).

If interested in selecting students for awards, please review the selection process. Student Affairs and Campus Ministry staff can nominate students online.

Awards are given in three areas:

  1. Emerging Leader Award: Awarded to students in their first or second years of study at who demonstrated initiative, motivation, and potential for continued student leadership within the university.
  2. Magis Award: A Magis Award recipient is a student who has exemplified Marquette’s Mission in a significant way through involvement in activities/initiatives that demonstrate one or a combination of the following: faith that does justice, community/civic engagement, service for and with others, celebration or promotion of diversity and inclusion, advocacy/educational awareness work, mentorship or guidance, and promotion of health and wellness. A recipient will have demonstrated the concept of magis in some way (i.e. doing more for Christ, doing more for others, “the more universal good”). Magis should be thought of as depth and not necessarily quantity of engagements. A student who receives a Magis award is someone who has demonstrated leadership, excellence, dedication and commitment above and beyond the requirements of a paid or appointed role.
  3. Andrew J. Thon S.J. Award for Leadership: This awards honors a graduating senior for leadership contributions that have increased in depth and breadth to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities during the course of their undergraduate career. The highest honor presented by the Division of Student Affairs, this award recognizes distinguished leadership, scholarship, service and excellence and is awarded to a leader who embodies the ideals expressed in the University Mission. The recipient of this award will be announced at the Student Leadership Awards Reception on April 19, 2020.