Obtain Circle Recognition

Circle of Distinction

This award honors circles that have done the following:

  • Completed annual report by May 30;
  • Submitted affiliation fee by December 3; and
  • Provided membership processing documents to headquarters at least 14 days prior to initiation.

Superior Circle

This award honors circles that have done the following:

  • Fulfilled all the requirements to be recognized as a Circle of Distinction;
  • Sent delegates to the National Leadership Summit and Convention during an even-numbered year or sent delegates to a drive-in workshop during an odd-numbered year; and,
  • Fulfilled at least two of the following requirements:
    • Selected a circle Leader of the Year
    • Submitted an application for the Maurice A. Clay Leadership Initiative Grant
    • Submitted a nomination for a national award
    • Participated in National Day of Service

Presidential Award of Excellence

This award honors circles that have:

  • Circle of Distinction for five consecutive years; or,
  • Superior Circle for three consecutive years; or,
  • Been recognized with some combination of both (Circle of Distinction or Superior Circle) every year for five consecutive years.

Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Initiative Grant

The Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Initiative Grant award up to $500 to a select group of circles that are working to establish leadership development programs on their campuses. Circles may apply for the grant online, and applications are due the first Monday in November of each year. Clay Grants are supported by the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation, Inc.