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Loyola University New Orleans proudly announces recipients of the university’s 2018 Ignatian Award, Loyola’s highest award for students.

Leigh Adrienne Ingram, known on campus as Adrienne, graduates cum laude on Saturday with a double major in environmental science and religious studies (Christianity). At Loyola, she has served as a biological research assistant, assisting with research and managing the university's aquatic ecology lab; she has also worked as a special projects assistant for the Loyola Center for Environmental Communication, where she co-authored two professional presentations. Ingram this year received a Magis grant, designed to foster the Jesuit and Catholic mission of Loyola University New Orleans. She has also received the Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences; the Most Outstanding Environment Major Research Award; the Center for Environmental Communications Outstanding Student of the year Award; and the Rev. Karl Rahner, S.J. Award for Outstanding Student in Religious Studies. Ingram has received a Loyola Scholarship for Academic Excellence, as well as a Regions Bank Scholarship. She has served on the student advisory committee for the College of Arts and Sciences; represented Loyola New Orleans at Loyola Chicago’s annual climate conference, and performed with the Loyola University Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Active both on and off campus, Ingram is involved in myriad activities from traveling to Belize and Guatemala to study tropical ecology to participating in various honor societies and the Dream Women’s Cycling Team. Outside Loyola, Ingram has served as a ministry intern and youth coordinator for the Main Street United Methodist Church and a communications intern for the Vital Ground Foundation, where she published 15 articles about environmental issues, and for the Cinnabar Foundation, a philanthropic organization. Her vast community service includes serving with various communities within New Orleans’ Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church and mentoring high school students during a week of exploring social justice issues through the lens of environmental justice with the Loyola Institute for Ministry Faith Acts Youth Theology Institute.