STAR Awards

What are the STAR Awards?

In 1996 Missouri State University hosted the first ever Student Talent and Recognition (STAR) Awards Ceremony. Each year the STAR Awards ceremony honors roughly twenty-five outstanding student leaders and student organizations which have been nominated by various organizations, students, faculty, and staff. Since its beginning, STAR Awards has recognized roughly 350 students, organizations, and advisors at Missouri State.

STAR Awards 2017:
Monday, April 23rd 
Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner starts at 6pm
Plaster Student Union Ballroom

This occasion is best described as a business formal/cocktail event which provides a buffet dinner and surrounds its guests with elegant décor. 

About the Awards & Application Process:

On average, 150 applications are submitted to the Office of Student Engagement each year and nominations are taken from faculty, staff, students, and student organizations. We encourage you to make nominations for every award possible, for there are two categories: organization and individual. All nominations may be completed utilizing the CampusLINK form.  

*No applications will be accepted via email or physically. Only those submitted utilizing the online nomination form will be accepted. 

STAR Awards Nominations 2017:

  • Click here for a description of each award category.
  • To nominate an indivudal or an organization, click on the title of the award below in the table.
  • Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, January 22nd through Friday, February 23rd at 5pm.
  • Self-Nominations are not accepted for the Individual Category.
  • Organizations should include documentation if asked. No penalty will be given, however organizations that provide sufficient material are more likely to be considered for the award.
  • Some nominations require letters of recommendation. Those letters need to be submitted via the online nomination as a pdf.

Questions about STAR Awards? Download FAQs  page:

  • Call the Office of Student Engagement at 417-836-4386,
  • Email Chris Groh, Graduate Assistant for Co-Curricular Involvement, at
  • Email Andrea Greer, Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Co-Curricular Involvement, at

        Individual Category     

Organization Category

First Generation Award Mark of Distinction/ Distinguished Merit
Outstanding Organization Advisor Outstanding New Organization
Outstanding Freshman Most Improved Organization
Outstanding Sophomore Leadership/Membership Development
Outstanding Transfer Student Diversity Development
Outstanding Junior Academic/Educational Program
Outstanding Senior Social/Entertainment Program
Outstanding Graduate Student Service/Volunteer Program
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Philanthropic Program
Living Our Values Diversity/Multicultural Program
Outstanding Leader Collaborative Program
Public Affairs Commitment  


2017 STAR Awards Winners



Public Affairs Commitment Phi Gamma Delta
First Generation Student Award Victor Mitchell & Marli Coonrod
Student Excellence in Service Learning Jessica Spauldin
Dr. Earle Doman Student Comitment Award Captain Aaron Eidem
Sarah Bickel Leadership Scholarship Blake Shepheard
Outstanding Student Employee Kimberly Kayser
Outstanding Organization Advisor Ivy Yarckow-Brown
Outstanding Freshman Macy Hankel
Outstanding Sophomore Kirsten Spangenberg
Outstanding Transfer Student Kaitlyn Fennesy
Outstanding Junior Brianna Duda
Outstanding Senior Ashley Crisafulli
Outstanding Graduate Student Emma Rapp
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Victor Mitchell
Outstanding Student Leader Ashley Crisafulli
Living Our Values Award Katy Warfield
Outstanding Collaborative Program "Counting to 1000" by Alpha Phi Sigma-Sigma Mu Sigma
Outstanding Diversity/Multicultural Program "Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter: Student Discussion" by Student Activities Council
Outstanding Philanthropic Program "Greek Tug" by Delta Zeta
Outstanding Service/Volunteer Program Bear Service Team
Outstanding Social/Entertainment Program "Tarang" by Indian Student Association
Outstanding Academic/Education Program "Diversity in FSL" by Phi Gamma Delta
Outstanding Diversity Development Program Xi Omicron Iota
Outstanding Leadership/Membership Development Program Alpha Delta Pi
Most Improved Organization Association of Black Collegians
Outstanding New Organization Active Minds
Mark of Distinction Residence Hall Association
Distinguished Merit (5)

Alpha Delta Pi

Phi Gamma Delta

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Accounting Club

Alpha Chi Omega