The Drury Awards

Each year students, faculty, staff, organizations, and alumni at Drury University exceed expectations and prove to be exemplary leaders, scholars and citizens. Drury recognizes outstanding students, employees, and organizations in multiple ways. One way is through a new program called The Drury Awards. Each year, individuals and organizations can apply to win an award that exemplifies the outstanding leadership, scholarship, and citizenship ideals of Drury University.

Nomination Form

If you know an individual or an organization that would be fitting of a new Drury Award, then please use the form above to nominate them! This is a simple nomination process where you give us the individuals name or the organization and we do the rest. We will reach out to everyone nominated and ask them to complete an application, giving us all the information we need to properly select a winner. You can find descriptions of all of the awards below, so you know what to nominate for. You can nominate an individual or organization for multiple awards and you may submit multiple nominations if you would like. 

Important Dates:

March 1st: Applications are open
March 31st: Application deadline
April 28, 4PM: The Drury Awards Ceremony is held and winners are recognized

  • Award Descriptions
  • The Ceremony
  • The Drury Awards Applications
  • Organization Officer of the Year

    The Organization Officer of the Year award recognizes the student organization officer that has demonstrated immeasurable leadership for their organization. The officer’s dedication to the organization’s mission and purpose, improvement of the organization, and member development will be considered. Officers that have served at least one semester during the academic year will be considered.

    Outstanding Student Involvement (2 Students)

    The Outstanding Student Involvement award will recognize two students who are members of at least one registered student organization. These students show a strong commitment not only to the organization(s) they are involved in, but a dedication to improving the overall student experience at Drury University. Recipients support overall Student Life initiatives as well as other Drury campus activities.

    Outstanding New Student

    The Outstanding New Student award will recognize a student in their first academic year at Drury University. This student is dedicated to being involved in many areas of student life at Drury as well as dedicated to their academics.

    Drury Difference Maker

    One student will be recognized as a Drury Difference Maker. This student exemplifies true spirit for Drury University. This student should possess incredible school spirit for the University and support the traditions and ideals of Drury University above and beyond others.

    Outstanding Community Engagement

    One student will be recognized for their outstanding community engagement. This student will have dedicated many service hours to the Springfield and surrounding communities. This student will also have a passion for making a difference and being involved in improving a social issue that is important in the community. For this award, the Community Outreach and Leadership Development Office will be asked to provide a report of all volunteer hours served throughout the academic year for each nominee.

    Intramural Competitor of the Year

    This award will be given to three students each year (men’s, women’s, and co-ed division) who exemplify outstanding competition in all of the intramural sports they are involved in throughout the year. The recipients should have competed in a variety of intramural sports during the year. While competing in these events, the students should embody good sportsmanship, a positive competitive attitude, and encourage both their teammates and opponents through healthy competition.

    Faculty/Staff Dedication to Community Engagement

    One faculty or staff member each year will be recognized for their continued dedication to community engagement. This faculty/staff member could have a service-learning course, and/or fosters the relationship between students and community engagement through programming, or provides outstanding engagement in the community.

    Student Organization of the Year

    The Student Organization of the Year award recognizes a registered student led organization that has exceeded expectations in fulfilling their mission and purpose while benefiting both Drury University and the community.

    Most Improved Organization of the Year

    The Most Improved Organization of the Year award will recognize the organization that has shown the greatest improvement in the organization’s daily operations and overall programming in efforts to better meet their mission and purpose.

    Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year

    The Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year award recognizes the advisor (which can be an academic advisor, student organization advisor or a student mentor) who has provided exceptional leadership and guidance to aid students and/or an organization to reach their fullest potential. The advisor’s contributions to Drury University and the outside communities will also be considered.

    Event/Program of the Year

    The Event/Program of the Year award is presented to the registered student organization that implements the most successful, innovative event or program within the Drury University community. Events will be considered for their overall success as well as how they relate to the organization’s mission and purpose. Up to four awards will be given. Each award will focus on one of the following categories: diversity and inclusion, philanthropic, sustainability, and overall student experience.

    Panther Service Cup

    One student organization will be recognized for their outstanding commitment to community engagement. This award will be inclusive of the organizations total number of service hours per member, the details and outcomes of the projects they have completed throughout the year, and how well they portray their organizations mission and values in projects/events they are engaged in.  Applicants must submit additional documentation for their service events.

  • Details

    After applications are submitted and reviewed by a panel of judges, the winners will be recognized at The Drury Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Friday, April 28 at 4:00 pm in the Commons. This will precede the annual May Ball. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. More details and a formal invitation to the ceremony will be sent to all applicants after the application deadline passes on March 31st. 

    Invitations

    All applicants who apply for an award will be invited to attend The Drury Awards Ceremony. Invitations will come via email. An individual applicant will be allowed to bring one guest with them. An organization can have up to 3 members attend the award ceremony for each category applied for. Nominators will also be invited to attend to see if their nominee receives an award. All invited guests will be asked to RSVP to the event.

    Attire

    All guests are asked to wear business attire for the ceremony. Business casual is acceptable in cases where you may not have business attire. We just ask that there are no t-shirts, shorts, or jeans. 

  • Apply Today

    Students may apply for one or more of the awards, with or without a formal nomination from someone else. You know your accomplishments better than anyone and only you can best express those accomplishments on an application!


    Applications

    Drury Difference Maker
    Event/Program of the Year
    Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year
    Faculty/Staff Dedication to Community Engagement
    Intramural Competitor of the Year
    Most Improved Organization
    Organization Officer of the Year
    Outstanding Student Involvement
    Outstanding New Student
    Outstanding Community Engagement
    Student Organization of the Year


    Panther Service Cup

    One student organization will be recognized for their outstanding commitment to community engagement. This award will be inclusive of the organizations total number of service hours per member, the details and outcomes of the projects they have completed throughout the year, and how well they portray their organizations mission and values in projects/events they are engaged in. Applicants must submit additional documentation for their service events.

    Panther Service Cup Application