Fr. Linnane with Dennis Cahill

Committed to making a difference

Dennis Cahill, ’14, knew he wanted to pursue a career that would make a difference in others’ lives. What he didn’t know was how much his experiences at Loyola would help set that path in motion.

As a first-year student in Sociology 101, Cahill volunteered in an elementary school in an economically disadvantaged area of Baltimore. He has since participated in a number of service projects, including Caravan, in which he interacted with members of the city’s homeless population while handing out food and drink. He’s also serving in his second year as public relations director for Spectrum, Loyola’s group for LGBTQ students and their allies.

“Because of Loyola, social justice is no longer an abstract concept to me,” says Cahill, an interdisciplinary major in psychology and sociology who plans to pursue a career in social work or counseling. “I’ve become a more socially aware, empathetic person, and I’m even more determined to commit my life to helping others.”

Receiving the gift of knowledge

In summer 2013, Cahill received a special gift that would make a big difference in his own life: He was awarded the first Mary T. Linnane Scholarship, designated for a high-achieving student from the Boston area. The gift couldn’t have come at a better time for Cahill, who had been concerned about covering tuition in his senior year.

“When I learned about the scholarship, I felt an enormous weight lift from my shoulders,” says Cahill. “Receiving the scholarship is a tremendous help to me and my family—and an incredible honor.”

The Mary T. Linnane Scholarship was established by Joseph Linnane—the father of Loyola President Brian F. Linnane, S.J.—and his children in memory of their wife and mother, who passed away in September 2011. “My mother loved children, and she believed strongly in the importance of higher education and in the vision and future of Loyola,” says Fr. Linnane. “Establishing a scholarship in her name was the perfect tribute.”