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Congratulations to the 2020 Campion Award Winners: Maguire Tausch ’21 and Raymond Flannery '22!

In the spirit of St. Edmund Campion, the George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service recognizes one sophomore student and one junior student each year with a demonstrated record of involvement in community service and social action, dedication to a faith tradition and/or spirituality, and strong evidence of leadership potential.

This is a one-year, $1,000 award given to one sophomore and one junior each year. The Center for Service and Social Action also administers up to $500 in additional funds to each Campion Award recipient for an approved campus-based service project.

Established in 1996 by JCU alumnus George B. Sweeney ’55, this fund honors John Carroll University students who have made significant service contributions, both on campus and in our larger community and who are committed to becoming leaders in social action. The award is named for St. Edmund Campion, an English Jesuit who was martyred in 1581. Campion rejected a life of prestige, power, and wealth to spend his life in service to others in most need.

Recipients of the Campion Award:

2020 | Maguire Tausch ’21 & Raymond Flannery '22!

Portrait of Maguire Tausch

Maguire Tausch is a junior Arrupe Scholar majoring in Political Science from Canton, Ohio. Maguire is involved as an RA, serves as an Arrupe TA, launched the first Fatima Family Night fundraiser and has a deep concern for social justice issues.  This past summer he worked at the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas and intends to go to Law School upon graduation with a focus on studying the reforms needed in the criminal justice system. When asked what motivates his involvement and advocacy, Maguire said, "I was drawn to these experiences because I have always had a passion for education reform. I come from a family of educators, but I recognize the opportunities I was given vary vastly from others. I was given these opportunities because of privileges I was born with but never asked for. I truly wanted to know where education reform fit into the equation of creating structural, long-lasting change. Moreover, as an Arrupe Scholar and political science major, I am drawn to finding the intersections of education levels and involvement in the criminal justice system."



Portrait of Raymond (Ray) Flannery

Raymond (Ray) Flannery  is a sophomore from Hinkley, Ohio. Ray began getting involved in the community his first week at John Carroll.  Ray serves as CSSA student liaison and his passion for getting involved and stepping outside his comfort zone is evident in the wide range of activities he is involved in including tutoring at Griot Village and Roxboro Elementary School, working alongside the employee owners at Green City Growers, service at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, serving as a leader for Meet CLE and Jesuit Day of Service, active member of the Labre Project, and leadership roles in Campus Ministry and the JCU Speech and Debate Team.  Ray shared that his faith energizes him to take action and do something tangible in the world. "This University has really opened my eyes to our duty to reform injustices in the world. The Labre Project and my service placements have helped me realize the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and put them into action."

  • 2019 | Elizabeth (Liz) Marcelli ’20, and Jacob Fritsch '21
  • 2018 | Sean Freeman ’19, Maura Wallace ’20
  • 2017 | William M. DiPasquale ’18, Leanne Tang ’19
  • 2016 | Marina Giannirakis ’17, Robin Goist ’18
  • 2015 | Patrick Vecellio ’16, Annmarie Kirchner ’17
  • 2014 | Courtney Radtkin ’15, Katie Coffey ’15, Grace Donnelly ’16
  • 2013 | Alyssa Giannirakis ’14, Ned Barnes ’15, Michael Gong ’15
  • 2012 | McKenzae Bartels ’14, Maggie Hutchison ’14, Julia Blanchard ’14
  • 2011 | Catherine Distelrath ’12, Jeffrey Hatgas ’12, Jillian Dunn ’13
  • 2010 | Daniel Fitzmaurice ’11, Thomas Coast ’12
  • 2009 | Natalie Terry ’10, Kevin Henderson ’11
  • 1999 | Chris Kerr ’00, Trena Marks ’00, Patrick Corrigan ’01
  • 1998 | David Birchok ’99, Patrick Scanlan ’00, Brian Sinchak ’00
  • 1997 | Grant Mast ’98, Melanie Shakarian ’98, Julie Thorud ’99
  • 1996 | David Roth ’97, Penny Roxas ’98, Valerie Williams ’98

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Campion Service Award! See below for how you can apply today!

The George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service is available to full-time, enrolled, sophomore and junior students who are in good academic standing (a GPA of 2.0 or higher) and good University standing. All candidates meeting the required conditions of the award are eligible for consideration.

Candidates should have a strong background in the following (1) record of involvement in community service and social action, (2) involvement/dedication to a faith tradition and/or spirituality, and (3) strong evidence of leadership potential.

Selection Process:
Awardees will be selected by a committee composed of the Director of the Center for Service and Social Action and other JCU faculty, staff, and administrators.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to service and social action
  • Involvement in/dedication to a faith tradition and/or spirituality
  • Leadership ability/potential
  • Sophomore (having completed 25-54 hours and are in their third semester or more at JCU) or Junior (having completed 55-85 hours) in good academic standing
  • Letters of recommendation from two references

Application Requirements:

  • Complete an application form
  • Provide two references who have knowledge of your service activities. Those references should be full-time JCU faculty or staff, or people who are familiar with your leadership role in a campus or community organization. Fellow students may NOT serve as references. Please distribute this reference form to these individuals and provide their information below. Please have letters sent directly to
  • Letters of support from agency-based service supervisors are appreciated, but not necessary. Please ask the supervisor to send the recommendation directly to

NOTE: The award is not intended to reduce existing institutional aid already awarded. However, if the student is a recipient of Federal funds, regulations may require John Carroll University to alter a student’s self-help aid such as loans or work study. In rare cases, student aid may be limited to the total cost of education.