What is Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)?
Omicron Delta Kappa is a nationally recognized leadership honor society that recognizes 5 areas of leadership: scholarship and academics, athletics, campus and community service, creative and performing arts, and journalism.
How much does it cost?
There is an Application Fee of $15
There is only one payment of membership dues of $110.*
*After that, you are a member for life and are not required to pay any more dues.
What kind of leadership activities can I be involved in here at UTSA?
As a part of ODK, you have the opportunity to participate in campus and community service projects. Additionally, we participate in many of the Honors Alliance activities (Etiquette Dinner, Best Fest, etc.) as well as our own events (Trick or Treat, Adopt-a- Spot, Fundraisers, etc.)
Is there a GPA requirement to stay active?
Students are selected based upon being in the top 35% of their classification within their college. Example: top 35% of juniors from the College of Architecture. This means that the overall GPA will vary by classification within each college. Your membership cannot be taken away because you are a member for life. However, we encourage that you keep up your GPA.
Who are some distinctive members of ODK?
Leaders in Athletics
• Peyton Manning (Inducted 1997 - University of Tennessee) NFL Quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.
• Arnold Palmer (Inducted 1964 - Wake Forest University) Professional Golfer.
Leaders in Business
• S. Truett Cathy (Inducted 1982 ? Georgia State University) President and co-founder of Chick-Fil-A.
Leaders in Education
• Dr. Michael Lomax (Inducted 2000 - Dillard University) President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, he served for seven years as president of Dillard University.
Leaders in Entertainment
• Sheryl S. Crow (Inducted 1983 - University of Missouri-Columbia) Singer/Songwriter and winner of nine Grammy Awards.
• Bob Hope (Inducted 1964 - Tulane University) Radio, stage, TV and film star, distinguished entertainer and philanthropist.
Leaders in Government Service
• Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Inducted 1981 ? University of Delaware) United States Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President.
• George Bush (Inducted 1997 - Harding University) Former President and Vice President of the United States.
• Jimmy Carter (Inducted 1972 - Georgia State University) Former United States President and former Governor of Georgia.
• Winston S. Churchill III (Inducted 1990 - Florida Southern College) Statesman, author, journalist, and parliamentarian. Member of the British Parliament.
• Hillary R. Clinton (Inducted 2000 - Alfred University) United States Senator for New York and former First Lady of the United States.
• Gerald R. Ford (Inducted 1984 - Florida Southern College) 38th President of the United States.
• Franklin D. Roosevelt (Inducted 1940 - University of Maryland, College Park) Elected President of the United States to four terms.
• Margaret Thatcher (Inducted 1995 - Harding University) Former Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Leaders in Journalism and the Mass Media
• Walter Cronkite (Inducted 1979 - Florida Southern College) Award-winning news commentator and correspondent.
Leaders in Medicine
• Michael Debakey (Inducted 1967 - Baylor University) Internationally-known cardiologist.
• Joseph I. Goldstein (Inducted 1961 - Washington and Lee University) Recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Medicine (with Michael S. Brown).
• Jonas E. Salk (Inducted 1954 - University of Pittsburgh) Discoverer of the Polio Vaccine
What local, regional, and national awards does ODK give?
The Leader of the Year Award
The Leader of the Year Award is one of the Society's most coveted awards, and recognizes students who have made a qualitative difference in their institutions and in the lives of others. Each Circle can nominate its Circle Leader of the Year for the Regional Leader of the Year Award. The 4 Regional nominees then compete for the General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award.
The Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award
Certificates are awarded to Omicron Delta Kappa members who have contributed varied and meritorious service to the Society.
The Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award
The Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award is given to members who have rendered outstanding and conspicuous service to Omicron Delta Kappa.
The Laurel Crowned Circle Award
Omicron Delta Kappa's highest award can be awarded annually to an outstanding American who has exemplified the ideals of the Society.