Circle Recognition Awards
Each year Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes circles that perform at the highest levels. Circles can be recognized as a Circle of Distinction, Superior Circle, or receive the Presidential Award of Excellence. In 2018, OΔK created two new circle awards: The Membership Growth and Stability Award and Circle Stewardship Award. Read the requirements and deadlines for all awards as on the Circle Recognition page. Circle award recipients are announced in September each year.
National Leader of the Year
Omicron Delta Kappa’s most prestigious student award is named for Gen. Russell E. Dougherty, United States Air Force. Gen. Dougherty (University of Louisville, 1947), one of the Air Force’s best thinkers and planners and served as NATO’s Allied Command Europe headquarters chief of staff, commander in chief of the Strategic Air Command, and executive director of the U.S. Air Force Association. Each year, OΔK presents one undergraduate student with the top award. The Society also awards a National Leader of the Year for each of the five Pillars of Campus Life. Read more about the National Leader of the Year program
Circle Leader of the Year
The Circle Leader of the Year allows active circles to recognize one member of the circle as an outstanding leader for the circle and the campus. Read more . . .
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.