The University of Portland’s office of alumni and parent relations announced recently the recipients of the 2021 Gerhardt Student Award, including local student, Sage Taylor.   

The Thomas A. Gerhardt '55 Memorial Award for Student Leadership honors a member of the most recent graduating class for his or her leadership as an undergraduate and dedication to the university and the community through service to God and neighbor. It began in 1960 as the Award for Student Leadership and was renamed in 1964 upon the death of Gerhardt, the beloved eighth president of the Associated Students of the University of Portland.

Sage Taylor, a 2017 graduate of Jesuit High School, made a major impact serving the U.P. community. As an active member in many co-curricular activities on campus, Taylor was seen as a contributor, collaborator and supporter to his peers. College leaders say his ability to be thoughtful, insightful and understanding served the community well while navigating unprecedented times during 2020.

Starting off as a student body senator before being elected president, Taylor represented fellow students on multiple COVID-19 protocol committees. He participated in the filming of videos to promote guidelines, sometimes recognized and other times hidden in the famous Wally the Pilot costume.

On the student affairs committee for the board of regents, Taylor was a popular and engaging figure. He was a regular fixture in the university’s faith community, participating in Mass at his residence hall and at the Chapel of Christ the Teacher.

“From the moment Sage appeared on campus, he has been a contributor,” said Holy Cross Father John Donato, vice president for student affairs. “I have come to know this extraordinary joyful and polite young man from my encounters with him. He has held more positions than I can recount but always with a spirit and energy as if it is the only thing he has to do.”

Taylor will be spending his next year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in New York City.