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Lion-Hearted Award


Established in 2000, The Lion-Hearted Award at Missouri Southern is presented to someone who embodies the true heart and soul of Lion Spirit and has made significant contributions to the institution, either through monetary or voluntary assistance. Awarded annually, it recognizes the outstanding contributions of MSSU's wonderful supporters.


Candidates are nominated for the Lion-Hearted Award by alumni, friends of the University, family members and faculty and staff of MSSU. The Alumni Awards Committee, comprised of Alumni Board members, faculty and staff members, Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, President and/or designee, will meet to review all nominations, and recommend recipients(s) to the MSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.


The Lion-Hearted Award is given to individuals who may or may not be alumni of Missouri Southern, but have made unmatched contributions to the University. The award is based on outstanding service, financial support, student recruitment, or other efforts to Joplin Junior College, Missouri Southern College, Missouri Southern State College or Missouri Southern State University.

Nomination materials:

Please submit the required documents listed below to explain how your nominee meets the criteria for the specific award. Remember that the selection committee members will make their determinations based on the responsiveness, clarity and completeness of the nomination materials.

  • Letter of recommendation of how this person(s) or business has made unmatched contributions to the University in the areas of time, talent and treasure

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