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ODK Leadership Society Opens Applications for New Members

By Maryland Today Staff

Omicron Delta Kappa, one of the most prestigious national societies to recognize leadership, is now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 semester.

The Sigma Circle of ODK at College Park began in 1927 and, since then, has initiated over 4,000 students, faculty and honorary members. Among them are U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ’63, civil rights activist Julian Bond, women’s basketball Coach Brenda Frese, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their names, along with many others, are engraved on the ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall.

ODK brings together junior, senior and graduate students with our most outstanding faculty members to recognize campus leaders and to encourage other students to achieve. It seeks accomplished leaders in five areas of campus community life: scholarship; campus or community service, social, religious activities and campus government; athletics; journalism, speech and the mass media; and the creative and performing arts.

Omicron Delta Kappa requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.690 for juniors (60-89 credits), 3.670 for seniors (90+ credits) and 3.920 for graduate students to be considered for membership.

Students should visit odk.umd.edu to begin the application process; the site includes a comprehensive frequently asked questions file. Applications must be received electronically no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 11.

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