The National Awards Committee has completed its selection of the 2020 Maurice A. Clay Leadership Initiative Grant recipients.
The committee has awarded 13 general grants and one circle specific grant for a total of $7100. The recipients and amount awarded are indicated in alphabetical order below.
Clay Leadership Development Initiative Grants
Adelphi University, Mentoring Program Workshops on “Financial Literacy: Your Relationship with Money” and “The Reality of Social Media” ($500)
Cumberland University, Cumberland University Summer Leadership Academy ($500)
Dillard University, Leadership Lab ($600)
Florida International University, Omicron Delta Kappa’s 2nd Annual Leadership Dinner: Lead with the Heart ($500)
Furman University, Leadership Awards and Recognition Night ($400)
Hamline University, Harvest Pack Meal Packaging Event ($500)
Rider University, Rider Presents: Leadership Live! ($600)
Stephen F. Austin State University, OΔK Professional Development Breakfast ($500)
Transylvania University, Leadership Workshop ($300)
University at Albany, A Leadership Series on the UAlbany W.A.Y. (Well-Being and You) ($600)
University of Akron, Passion Awards ($500)
University of Holy Cross, State Collegiate Leadership Training ($600)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Tech Leadership Summit ($500)
Endowed and One-Time Circle Grants
Washington and Lee University, Servant Leadership Across Communities ($500)
We congratulate all the circles that applied for their efforts to provide meaningful leadership experiences to their students and their campuses.
- Leadership development: The program or project must have leadership components such as instruction, personal growth or leadership in action. Service projects are acceptable but they should describe how leadership DEVELOPMENT of members of the campus community would be one of the outcomes.
- Circle engagement with the campus community: The program or project is designed to have the circle more engaged with campus programs and organizations AND/OR engaged with community partners beyond the campus. The important factor is that the CIRCLE is engaging in activity beyond just their members.
- Enhances current programming: This program proposed expands either a current program or project being produced by the circle OR it enhances a campus program through support both financially and using OΔK members as part of the program.
- Develops new initiatives to increase publicity: The program should enhance the image, reputation, and exposure of the circle on the campus.
- Evidence of collaboration with leaders across campus and demonstrates one or more the five phases: Clay Grants are designed to encourage circles to collaborate with other student organizations and university departments – and can also collaborate with community groups as well.
- Quality of Program Brief – A concise explanation and outline of the project. This description should include an outline of the overall goals of the project, the connection to specific curriculum standards, and how the project will be implemented.
- Detailed Plan – Detailed description including these elements: planned activities, presenters/planners, marketing, locations, and expected attendance
- Description of Funding – “Please describe how the funds will be used including the breakdown between the circle and any other organizations partnering with OΔK.”
- Description of Evaluation
- General Quality of Submission (grammar, clarity)
A special thanks to the members of the National Awards Committee for volunteering their time to review and select our Clay Grant recipients.
- Mike James, Faculty/Staff Trustee, Chair (Harding University)
- Zimri Diaz (University of Maryland, College Park)
- Molly Moody (Stephen F. Austin State University)
- Alan Sickbert (University of St. Thomas)
- Aaron Smith (University of Lynchburg)
- Katherine West (Furman University)
- Jenna Walmer (Bridgewater College)
- Timothy Reed, vice president for membership and operations (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)