Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Initiative Grants

Do you have a program idea for your circle?
Does your circle already host an event or project that you want to build upon? Would you like a grant to support your efforts?

Every fall, O∆K awards ten or more $500 grants to help develop leadership programs on campuses.

See the 2017 Clay Grant Recipients

What type of programming or projects are awarded Clay Grants?
Clay Grants are designed to enhance leadership development on your campus. Programs are chosen by the National Awards Committee using three distinct characteristics: (1) furthering circle engagement within the campus community, (2) enhancing current programming, and (3) developing new initiatives to increase publicity. A key part of the O∆K mission is to encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and alumni to advance leadership. We encourage circles to collaborate with leaders across campus and the five phases.

Who is eligible to receive a Clay Grant?
To be considered for a Clay Grant, your circle must be an active circle. In the previous academic year, academic circles have:

  • Inducted members
  • Paid the $100 affiliation fee and membership dues
  • Submitted an annual report

What is the diversity initiative?
Thanks to the generosity of a donor, one additional grant will be awarded to a program that supports leadership development for historically underrepresented and marginalized populations.

What are the other requirements?
Circles that receive funding will be required to submit a complete report by December 1 of the year following their award receipt. The report includes the submission of receipts for all funded expenditures and an article (with photographs) about the project or program.

Have a question?
Contact Dr. Tim Reed, Associate Executive Director for Business and Membership Services, at or
(540) 458-5345, or the national headquarters office at or (540) 458-5336.


The Clay Grant Application is now closed.

Applicants will be notified after the Society Board of Directors reviews the
recommendations from the National Awards Committee on December 7, 2016.