Sam Martin (’21) Earns DES Scholarship

Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) National Honor Society awarded Sam Martin (’21) with the 2020 Scholarship for Undergraduate Study.

Sam Martin (’21)

Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. DES was founded in 1939 by Rev. E. A. Fitzgerald, the Dean of Studies at Loras College.

“Sam is a member of the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program, and a resident at the Father Ray Herman Peace and Justice House,” Emily Difilipo, Ph.D., assistant professor of Spanish, said. “He and his cohort strive to educate the community on current issues, inviting others to view the world through the lens of peace and justice, in accordance with Catholic Social Teaching.”

As a Spanish major, Martin conducted a study of Latinx communities in Iowa, defining available service and suggesting helpful policies. While studying abroad in Spain at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, he worked with Political Science faculty to analyze immigration policies in both Southern Europe and the United States.

The DES Scholarship for Undergraduate Study will provide Martin with financial support as he completes his senior year at Loras and applies to law school.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. DES was founded in 1939 by Rev. E. A. Fitzgerald, the Dean of Studies at Loras College.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).