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The Sr. Leon White, SSND, Early Alumni Excellence Award

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The Sr. Leon White, SSND, Early Alumni Excellence Award was established in 2015, to recognize outstanding professional and community contributions of a St. Jerome’s alum who has graduated within the last 15 years. The award was named in honour of Sister Leon White, SSND, a beloved member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame  (SSND), who served as director of Notre Dame College, dean of women, and an associate professor of English, at St. Jerome’s from 1962-1980.

Sr. Leon White, SSND, Early Alumni Excellence Award recipient 
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, BA '12.


Award Nomination Criteria
  • Graduated from St. Jerome’s University.
  • Since graduation the candidate has demonstrated outstanding professional and community contributions in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of St. Jerome’s University.
  • Maximum 15 years post-graduation to be considered.  


Nomination Procedure

St. Jerome’s University welcomes nominations from anyone familiar with the work, character and/or achievements of the award candidate.


To nominate an individual for the Sr. Leon White, SSND, Early Alumni Excellence Award, please complete and submit an online nomination formNominations received after the deadline will be considered in the following year. 

Selection Procedure
  1. Call for nominations continues throughout the year. Friends, family, colleagues, staff and faculty members, alumni, and community members may nominate award candidates.
  2. All nominations will be reviewed by the Selection Committee who will then select the award recipient.
  3. The award recipient will be notified following the selection process.
Past Recipients
  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, BA '12
  • Nicole Bakes, BA ’08
  • Jeff Akomah, BA ’05

Do you have a candidate in mind for one of these awards?

Recognize the achievements of outstanding community members and alumni by completing and submitting the online nomination form.

For further information about our award programs or nominations, please send your enquiries to

Deadline to nominate is March 31st.

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