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Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. ODK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.


Prominent members of ODK include:

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Vice President of the United States
University of Delaware, 1981


George H.W. Bush
Former President and Vice President of the United States
Harding University, 1997


Jimmy Carter
Former President of the United States
Georgia State University, 1972


Hillary R. Clinton
Secretary of State and former United States Senator 
for New York, Former First Lady of the United States
Alfred University 2000


Walter Cronkite
Award-winning new commentator and correspondent
Florida Southern College, 1979


Jonas E. Salk
Discoverer of the Polio Vaccine
University of Pittsburgh, 1954


Sheryl S. Crow
Singer/Songwriter, Winner of nine Grammy Awards
University of Missouri-Columbia, 1983


Robert S. Jepson, Jr.
Chairman and CEO of Jepson Associates, Inc.
Founder of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond
University of Richmond, 1963


Juniors and Seniors in good standing may apply to be members of this prestigious honors society.