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Haddad Peace Scholarship

Application Deadline:
January 18, 2024
Amount Range:
*Up to $1,800
Dr. Imelda Macias

Scholarship Details

Saint Xavier University's Office of Inclusive Excellence announces the annual competition for the Hassan (Husni) and Safia Haddad Peace Award and Scholarship. Both the award and scholarship are given annually to a student who prepares the best essay on the pursuit of peace. The award consists of a plaque and a scholarship of $1,800 towards future tuition. Applicants must be degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at SXU, and who will be enrolled full-time in the academic year.

Applicants are asked to describe and analyze an experience (or a sequence of related experiences) during the course of your University education that helped you better understand the complexities of and paths toward achieving peace in the world today. A possible focus for your essay might include one or more of the following:

  • Insights you gained from particular texts you were assigned to read;
  • Your application of ideas presented and discussed in one or more of your classes;
  • Understanding and insight you gained from an internship, fieldwork or study abroad activities.

This award honors the lives and contributions of Professors Hassan and Safia Haddad, whose teaching and research across a range of disciplines enriched the Saint Xavier community for four decades. The late Hassan Haddad was an internationally recognized scholar in Middle Eastern studies, whose passion was to foster understanding and peaceful relations among cultures. Safia Haddad chaired the Foreign Languages Department for 26 years, taught French, and the sociology of education, and truly embodied an international culture to countless students. This award and scholarship are reflections of the Haddads' enduring commitment to peace as well as the global reach of their scholarship, influence and circle of friends.


Essays to be considered for the Hassan (Husni) and Safia Haddad Peace Award and Scholarship must be submitted with the online application form.

  • Essays may have been written within the prior 12 months and prepared in connection with course requirements. However, they must be adapted to the topic of the current competition. Each student may submit only one essay (co-authored essays, master's theses and previously published works are ineligible);
  • Essays must be word-processed, double-spaced and may not exceed 15-pages;
  • A cover sheet containing the student's name, ID, intended major, phone number and email and home address information must be submitted along with the essay.

The Executive Director of DEI for the Office of Inclusive Excellence will appoint three full-time faculty members to serve as judges. Essays will be judged according to three criteria: relevance to the stated topic; sophistication of analysis; and rhetorical style. The decision of the judges will be final.

For more information, please contact Dr. Imelda Macias at 773-298-3057 or macias@sxu.edu.  

*Award amount will vary based on availability of funds and number of scholarships awarded.

Application Form

The online application form is now closed.