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Lion-Hearted Award Recipients

Established in 2000, The Lion-Hearted Award at Missouri Southern is presented to someone who is not a graduate of Joplin Junior College, Missouri Southern State College, or Missouri Southern State University. However, this person embodies the true heart and soul of Lion Spirit and has made significant contributions to the institution, either through monetary or voluntary assistance.

The Alumni Department


Candidates are nominated for the Lion-Hearted Award by alumni, friends of the University, family members and/or faculty and staff of MSSU. The Alumni Awards Committee, comprised of Alumni Board members and university faculty, then meet to review all nominations, and make a recipient(s) recommendation to the MSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. This honor is awarded based on outstanding service, financial contributions, student recruitment, and other support to Joplin Junior College, Missouri Southern College, Missouri Southern State College or Missouri Southern State University.

The Lion-Hearted awardee will be honored along with our Spirit of Service awardee at a special event held in February each year.

Nomination applications must submitted to the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations by June 30th to be considered for the award. Please use this nomination form to submit a deserving supporter for this special recognition.