Leadership Development
Student Recognition Awards

About the Awards

  • The awards celebrate various levels of involvement reflective of multiple facets of Seattle University's mission. Below you'll find a description of each award.  More questions?  Check out our FAQ and Answers page.

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     Awards for Individuals

    The Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Award:  As Seattle University's most prestigious honor, the Archbishop G. Raymond Hunthausen Award recognizes the culmination of our most treasured values. Awarded to two outstanding graduating students, one undergraduate and one graduate, it embodies integrity, faith, leadership and passion for learning. Most importantly, recipients live the Seattle University mission of being a "person for others". We celebrate their gifts of service, justice, collaborative leadership and academic excellence to the University and global community.

    The Distinguished Graduating Student Award:  Presented to up to five people and recognizes graduating students whose outstanding contributions have spanned their time at Seattle University. Their commitment to service, involvement, and academic excellence within the campus community exemplifies their ability to transform future communities and their willingness to work for a better and just world.  Seniors, graduate and law students graduating Winter - Fall 2014 are eligible.

    The University Mission Awards:  Recognize students who have made outstanding contributions to the university community in areas central to the values in the Seattle University Mission Statement. There are six separate awards each honoring one recipient.  Students who are non-graduating are eligible for these awards.

    • Care:  Recognizes a student who demonstrates genuine care for others in their attitude, interaction, and involvement; acts with care toward others, and demonstrates self care.
    • Academic Excellence: Recognizes a student who embodies academic excellence through achievement, preparedness, engagement and intellectual inquiry; leads in the classroom and other academic endeavors, such as research, academic societies, mentoring and tutoring programs, etc.
    • Diversity:  Recognizes a student who celebrates the gifts of each person and creates spaces where all people are respected and honored; leads others through intentional activities that create and celebrate diversity; and is willing to explore and make themselves vulnerable in order to challenge accepted societal norms.
    • Faith:  Recognizes a student who is dedicated in their spiritual life and whose faith informs their practice; whose involvement and leadership across campus is grounded in a faith foundation; maintains strong personal convictions; creates spaces to encourage spiritual growth for others; and treasures the many faith traditions of our university community.
    • Justice:  Recognizes a student who cares about justice for humans and all living things; is conscious of the far reaching effects of their actions; and works for justice at the local and/or global level through direct service and social change, such as political action, community organizing, or advocacy.
    • Leadership:  Recognizes a student who makes exceptional contributions to the community through leadership; helps those they lead create a vision and move through change based on group values; leads within the framework of the university and other communities; and makes positive contributions through intentional planning and effort.

    The Blessed Peter Faber Integrity Award:  Recognizes one student (graduate or undergraduate) who demonstrate a commitment to fostering citizenship, integrity, and ethical behavior. Individuals are committed, even in the face of adversity, to the ethical values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and community responsibility. Recipients may be eligible for this award through one or more of the following ways.

    Spirit of Seattle U: Presented to up to three people have had a significant impact on the campus community, and have enhanced the Redhawk spirit. 

    Awards for Groups

    Outstanding Organization Award: Presented to a student club that has excelled in one or more of the following areas: community engagement, campus awareness efforts, inclusion, collaboration, and/or building lasting connections with other campus entities

    Best Program/Event Sponsored by a Club or Organization Award: Presented to a club or organization that has contributed to the overall education and betterment of the Seattle University community through a program or event. The event should be outstanding in one (or more) of the following: educational/academic focus, inclusivity, creativity, collaboration, instilling SU pride, and/or the impact of the event on students.