The Ellacurķa Award
The Ignacio Ellacurķa, S.J., Outstanding Student Award is presented jointly to a graduating Justice & Peace Studies minor or Justice & Society major by the Justice & Peace Studies Program in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and the Creighton Center for Service & Justice, in University Ministry. As this collaboration suggests, the two selection criteria are of equal weight: excellence in the classroom and leadership in service and justice activities.
The award is named for the rector (president) of the University of Central America in El Salvador, Fr. Ignacio Ellacurķa, of the Society of Jesus, who was martyred along with five brother priests in 1989. He was both a scholar and an activist, a philosopher and theologian who very publicly embodied the faith that does justice and seeks peace. He put his own intellectual talents and the resources of the UCA at the service of the vast majority of Salvadorans who suffered violence and impoverishment. He represents magnificently (and tragically) the challenging vision of Jesuit higher education.