The Ignatian Award was created to acknowledge outstanding students at graduation for their commitment to the integrity of life, their demonstration of providing service to others, their high regard for Ignatian, Jesuit values and their contributions to the advancement of religion and citizenship. It has become a valued tradition to present this award to four students, one senior male, one senior female, one graduate student and one law student. This year, Loyola honors undergraduates Calvin M. Monley and Maria E. Rossi, graduate student Margaret Dianne Perrillioux, and law student Rachel L. Kovach. The Ignatian Award is the highest honor a student can receive and its recipients are humbled by the company they keep. Each spring countless worthy candidates are nominated which speaks volumes to the lived mission of Loyola University New Orleans.
Rachel L. Kovach, a proud Louisiana woman, has worked hard to balance her education with her passions at Loyola. Rachel will receive her juris doctor degree this May, graduating Magna Cum Laude as a Crowe Scholar, designated for those students who finished in the top 10 percent of the class. Rachel is a member of the Law Review and received the Best Comment Award for 2009-2010. During her second year at Loyola, she was also a member of Moot Court and was both the brief writer and oralist on their health law team. Since January 2010, she has been a research assistant to College of Law Professor Monica Hof Wallace who recently commented, “Rachel has a heart of gold and a work ethic that is unparalleled. I have enjoyed working with her, learning from her, and watching her develop into a lawyer with a true desire to serve others, guided always by principles of justice and compassion.” Outside of her work at Loyola, Rachel has spent time as a children’s director at her church, volunteered locally with the Kids-are-Treats program with Children’s Hospital, and has helped with the Bayou Rebirth’s Coastal Restoration Program. Following law school, Rachel plans to take the Louisiana State Bar Exam and will then clerk for Judge Blaire Edwards at the 21st Judicial District Court. Loyola and the state of Louisiana are blessed to keep Rachel in the family.