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At Omicron Delta Kappa, we believe in recognizing both individuals and circles that demonstrate exceptional leadership across the five pillars of campus life and beyond.
We offer a series of awards that honor circles, both for their contributions to their campuses and for their dedication to supporting the national organization. At the individual level, we offer awards that honor students, circle advisors, dedicated members, and friends of OΔK.
Nominations for the service awards will open again on January 2, 2024.
2023 Award Recipients
The 2023 National Leadership and Service Awards are being presented in a variety of ways. We presented seven awards during the National Leadership Conference and will present more in separate ceremonies. Where possible, we have recorded teh presentations and will post them to the Society’s YouTube channel. Read about the 2023 award recipients here.
General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award
OΔK’s General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award honors up to six outstanding OΔK student members each year. The NLOY application is now open, and will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 8, 2023.
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. The nomination process opens on January 1 and closes on May 31, 2023.
Circle Awards and Recognition
OΔK recognizes the achievements of circles through the Circle Recognition program. Circles that meet the minimum standards and then perform to exceed those standards are recognized annually.
National Service Awards
The John “Jack” D. Morgan Award for Lifetime Service to Omicron Delta Kappa is given to honor a member of the Society who has rendered outstanding and sustained service to Omicron Delta Kappa throughout their life to promote the highest interests of Omicron Delta Kappa. Recipients are selected by the Board of Trustees.
Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award
The Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award honors a member of the Society who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to OΔK, as shown through outstanding service. Recipients of this award are selected by the National Awards Committee.
Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award
The Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award recipients are selected by the National Awards Committee in appreciation to those who serve the Society.
The Morlan-Bishop Outstanding Circle Advisor Award recognizes an outstanding Faculty Advisor or Circle Coordinator for his or her dedication to the ideals of OΔK. Recipients of this award are selected by the National Awards Committee.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Awards
Omicron Delta Kappa has established three awards that celebrate individuals, circles, institutions, and programs that promote social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
Andristine M. Robinson Champion Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
OΔK’s Andristine M. Robinson Champion Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity honors an individual, circle, institution, or program that has demonstrated or fostered a welcoming and inclusive environment that promotes diversity and inclusion within O∆K circles or nationally.
O∆K Community Commitment Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
OΔK recognizes the achievements of members who consistently promote an inclusive campus and/or community, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and appreciate that diversity is integral to healthy and productive communities.
O∆K Emerging Advocate Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
This recognizes the contributions of young members of Omicron Delta Kappa who promote the need for a more just, diverse, equitable, and inclusive world. The Society’s Emerging Advocate Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity honors members working in these areas, and who are under the age of 40. The award was first presented in 2023.
Leadership and Professional Achievement Awards
Laurel Crowned Circle Award
The Laurel Crowned Circle Award is considered to be the highest individual honor awarded by Omicron Delta Kappa and is given by a vote of the Board of Trustees. Recipients demonstrate the highest ideals of the Society.
Pillars of Leadership Awards
Omicron Delta Kappa awards five awards each year – each recognizing a person who has achieved considerable success in an area representing one of the five pillars of leadership celebrated by the Society. Honorees are selected by the Board of Trustees.