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  • Home / Alumnae/i / Awards & Recognition

    Awards & Recognition

    Many Ursuline and St. John College grads are un-sung heroes in health care, education, social service, and many other sectors. These awards help us celebrate remarkable alumnae and alumni.

    Alumnae Awards Dinner

    If you would like to nominate an outstanding alumna, alumnus, or current student for one of these awards, please email the Alumnae Office at alumnae@ursuline.edu with the information about your nominee, including why you would like them to be recognized.

    Nominate an outstanding alumna or alumnus.


    Awards Alumnae

    See who has been recognized in the past.


    2021 Alumnae Award Winners Announced

    The 2021 Amadeus Rappe Award recipient is Rosemary (Bulina) Vicini '71. The 2021 Crystal Award goes to Suzanne M. (Beucler) Fortuna BSN ’92, MSN ’03, DNP '17, APRN BC, PHCNS, FNP. 

    Read about these inspirational award recipients!

    Rising Arrow Award

    The Alumnae Board of Ursuline & St. John College established “Rising Arrow Award” in 2018. It will be presented annually to an outstanding graduate of Ursuline College who earned her or his undergraduate or graduate degree within the last 10 years. The Raising Arrow Award recipient will be chosen by the Alumnae Recognition Committee of the Ursuline ~ St. John Alumnae Association. “The Alumnae Board wanted the opportunity to recognize recent alums, both graduate and undergraduate, who have already made outstanding contributions and achieved success in their professional field, their faith and/or their community,” said Lisa Into ’06, President of the Alumnae Association. “We are looking forward to celebrating our first recipient in 2017 and are seeking nominations from fellow Ursuline graduates as well as current and former faculty and staff of the College." 

    Nominate an outstanding alumna or alumnus.

    Crystal Award

    Established by the Alumnae Association in 1991, the Crystal Award is presented annually to a graduate of Ursuline or St. John College who has demonstrated dedication to and support of the college and the Alumnae Association.

    Nominate an outstanding alumna or alumnus.

    The Amadeus Rappe Award

    Established by the Alumnae Association in 1971, the Centennial Year of Ursuline College, the Amadeus Rappe Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduate of Ursuline College or St. John College. This award remembers the tenacious spirit of the Ursuline Sisters who founded Ursuline College.

    The Amadeus Rappe Outstanding Alumnae/i Award recipient shall be chosen by the Alumnae Recognition Committee of the Ursuline ~ St. John Alumnae Association.

    Award Criteria

    • Any graduate of an Ursuline College or St. John College bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree program is eligible.
    • The recipient of this award acts with dignity and respect towards others and demonstrates the values and vision of Ursuline College and St. John College
    • The recipient shall have made an outstanding contribution to one or more of the following areas: religion/faith, home/community, and/or profession.

    The award is named in memory of Bishop Amadeus Rappe, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, who was responsible for bringing the Ursuline Sisters to Cleveland in 1850 from their native Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Chaplain to the Ursulines for six years in Boulogne until he left for America in 1840, Bishop Rappe saw a real need for Christian education and entrusted that responsibility to the Ursuline Sisters, with whom he shared a mutual respect and genuine affection.

    Nominate an outstanding alumna or alumnus.

    Sr. Chris, Joann Lane, Lisa Into, Lynne Dewyre, Crystal

    Sr. Chris, Joann Lane, Lisa Into, and Lynne Dewyre – The Crystal Award

    The Gonzaga Medal

    The Gonzaga Medal is awarded to a graduating senior considered to best exemplify the personal qualities of refinement, dignity, integrity and sincere concern for others. The award is named in honor of Sister M. Gonzaga Haessly, OSU. Sister Gonzaga, an Ursuline nun for 70 years, had been with the College since 1922. She is remembered by alumnae as one who exemplified the true spirit of Ursuline College. She was a religious woman who was a scholar, teacher, administrator and above all, a friend. Graduating students are nominated by their classmates, faculty, administration and staff of Ursuline College.

    Gonzaga Medal nominations closed on March 16, 2021. For award criteria, please click here

    Ursuline College Athletic Hall of Fame

    The Ursuline College Athletic Hall of Fame was created to honor those student-athletes that displayed leadership, character, and dedication during competition, and combined their individual achievements with the ethics and values that are embedded in Ursuline College’s mission.

    The Arrows Hall of Fame brings attention to more than just athletic performance in the athletic arena by recognizing the student-athlete that produced a significant athletic achievement, but also achieved outstanding performance in the classroom, as well as contributed in time and service to the community.

    Nominate an outstanding alumna, alumnus, or current student.