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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. Awarded each fall during Homecoming, it recognizes the outstanding contributions of MSSU's wonderful supporters.

The Alumni Department


Candidates are nominated for the Lion-Hearted award by alumni, friends of the University, family members and faculty and staff of MSSU. Information is gathered from many different sources.

The Alumni Awards Committee, comprised of Alumni Board members and Faculty, will meet to review all nominations, and recommend recipients(s) to the MSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. 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.

Applications received at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center prior to May 31 will be considered for the award.

Please fill out the nomination form for your contribution to recognize a deserving supporter.