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  outstanding student leaders and student organizations which have been nominated by various organizations, students, faculty, and staff. Since its beginning, STAR Awards has recognized over 350 students, organizations, and advisors at Missouri State.

About the awards and 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.

2021 STAR Awards

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

  • Monday, April 26th
  • Location: To Be Determined
  • Ceremony @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Reception @ 6:30 p.m.

2021 STAR Awards nominations

  • To nominate an individual or an organization, click one of the two categories below and find the appropriate award below in the table
  • Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, January 25th through Monday, February 22nd at 5pm
  • Self-Nominations are not accepted for the Individual Category

​​​​​​​Review award descriptions

Questions about STAR Awards?

If your questions are not addressed through our FAQs, please call the Office of Student Engagement at 417-836-4386.

Review our STAR Award FAQs

2020 STAR Awards winners
Award Winner(s)
Public Affairs Commitment Bear Breaks
First Generation Student Award Blake Stovall
Dr. Earle Doman Student Commitment Award Terry Weber
Sarah Bickel Leadership Scholarship Nkem N Chigbogwu
Outstanding Organization Advisor Dandan Liu
Outstanding Freshman Renee Sinclair
Outstanding Sophomore Lindsey Sanderson
Outstanding Transfer Student Blake Stovall
Outstanding Junior Caylin Fuller
Outstanding Senior Stephanie Bube
Outstanding Graduate Student Kenny Kabak
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Vonetta Ivy-Medlock
Outstanding Student Leader Abdillahi Dirie
Living Our Values Award Jacob Krickhahn
Outstanding Collaborative Program Traditions Council
Outstanding Diversity/Multicultural Program Association of International Students
Outstanding Philanthropic Program Delta Zeta
Outstanding Service/Volunteer Program Bear Breaks
Outstanding Social/Entertainment Program Student Activities Council
Outstanding Academic/Education Program Student Activities Council
Outstanding Diversity Development Program Xi Omicron Iota
Outstanding Leadership/Membership Development Program Delta Sigma Phi
Most Improved Organization Xi Omicron Iota
Distinguished Merit

Bear Breaks

Traditions Council

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Panhellenic Association

Student Activities Council

Mark of Distinction Residence Hall Association