The National Awards Committee has completed its selection of the 2019 Maurice A. Clay Leadership Initiative Grant recipients.
Because of increased funding, the committee has awarded 12 general grant recipients instead of the normal two. The recipients, indicated in alphabetical order below, each receive $500.
- Adelphi University, Adelphi LEADS
- Cumberland University, Cumberland University Leadership Academy
- East Carolina University, The Five Pillars Personified
- Florida International University, Omicron Delta Kappa’s 1st Annual Leadership Dinner: Thriving in the 305
- Florida State University, FSU Multicultural Leadership Summit
- Hillsdale College, Omicron Delta Kappa Campus Leadership Conference
- Morningside College, OΔK Speaker Series
- Randolph-Macon College, Leaders Building Bridges
- University at Albany, March Mentoring Mondays
- University of Arizona, Annual OΔK Leadership Summit
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln, OΔK Leadership Week
- University of South Carolina-Columbia, Middle School Leadership Summit
We congratulate all the circles that applied for their efforts to provide meaningful leadership experiences to their students and their campuses.
There was a competitive pool of 23 applicants that were each reviewed by the committee based on ten criteria.
- 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 or the campus community would be one of the outcomes.
- Circle engagement with the campus community: The program or project is designed to have the more engaged with campus programs and organization 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 ODK 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 ODK.”
- 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, Society Board of Directors Member-at-Large, Chair (Harding University)
- Meredith Amelotti, Society Volunteer/Collegiate (Fontbonne University)
- Molly Beman, Society Volunteer/Collegiate (University of South Carolina, Columbia)
- Catherine Bruns, National Advisory Council Member (Concordia College)
- Silas Kelly, Society Volunteer (Adelphi University)
- Chelsea Mazies, Society Volunteer (Berry College)
- Nicholas Sampogna, National Advisory Council Member (George Washington University)
- Alan Sickbert, Society Volunteer (University of St. Thomas)
- Jane Teel, Society Volunteer (Auburn University)
- Timothy Reed, OΔK HQ (Virginia Tech)