A 1965 Notre Dame alumnus, a Trustee, a Notre Dame parent, and a generous benefactor of the University, Ray Siegfried died in 2005 after a long and courageous struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). While a student at Notre Dame, he learned how to pray, and the power and joy of that knowledge sustained him through an often demanding and ultimately triumphant life. A loyal son of Our Lady and servant of Our Lord, he pursued the vision which the University of Notre Dame celebrates and exemplified the virtues on which it depends. The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence gratefully memorializes his splendid witness.

Award Eligibility:

The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence will be awarded annually to a senior at Notre Dame who exemplifies the qualities for which Notre Dame Trustee Ray Siegfried was known, including leadership, generosity, devotion to the Catholic faith, and affinity for athletics. Nominations will be solicited from residence hall rectors, department directors in the Division of Student Affairs, and selected units on campus. Nomination forms should include arecommendation of 350 words or less detailing the personal characteristics which make the student a good candidate for this award.

Selection Criteria:

Student should exemplify:

  1. Excellence in leadership, as evidenced by involvement in student leadership initiatives in the hall or in the campus community.

  2. Generosity of time, talent, and treasure

  3. Devotion to the Catholic faith

  4. Interest in and affinity for inter-/intramural or varsity athletics

Current and Past Recipients

2018-2019: Shannon Hendricks

2017-2018: Christopher Dethlefs

2016-2017:  Catherine Wagner

2015-2016:  Alison O'Connor

2014-2015: Megan Heeder

2013-2014: Elizabeth Tucker

2012-2013: Adam E. Zebrowski

2011-2012: Tommy Chase

2010-2011: Kayla A. Bishop

2009-2010: Michael Sayles

2008-2009: Daniel Rodgers

2007-2008: Rachel Cota

2006-2007: Maureen R. Spring

2005-2006: Daniel L. Carey