The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award

Mother Bartholomew, OSF was Stritch’s founding President, serving in that role for 18 years. She served her first term as the founding and first President of St. Clare Junior College from 1937-1942.  She went on to serve a second term as President from 1949-1955 of what was then Cardinal Stritch College. Mother Bartholomew was a woman with forward-looking, future-oriented vision, undaunted by obstacles and with a profound faith and confidence in God.

In honor of the legacy of Mother Bartholomew, this award acknowledges alumni who have completed at least 25 years of their professional career or retired from their lifelong profession. They have achieved exceptional success in their profession and have contributed significantly to the advancement and leadership of noteworthy civic, philanthropic, or service organizations for many years. Their lifelong achievement has brought them significant professional and volunteer recognition and has set a standard of excellence to which others may aspire.

Award Criteria:

  • Candidate has received a degree from Cardinal Stritch University
  • Candidate has achieved an exceptional level of prominence in his/her field
  • Demonstrated community service over the span of his/her lifetime
  • Candidate has been actively involved in alumni activity during his/her lifetime and supports the University’s mission


  • Candidate must be able to accept the alumni award in person
  • Candidate must be a graduate of Stritch