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student award recipients with president Boren

The 2024-25 President's Cup Application is due February 1, 2025.

The OU President’s Cup recognizes the most outstanding Greek and Residence Hall groups achieving in the areas of scholarship, programming and community service. The President’s Outstanding Programming Recognition highlights group initiatives excelling in three categories that coincide with the Student Affairs Strategic Plan: Personal Development; Well-Being; and Community Impact


The groups eligible to apply for the OU President's Cup are as follows:

  • Sororities
    • Chapters of 75 members and above:
      • 1 Winner - $5000
      • 1 Runner-Up - $1000
    • Chapters of 74 members and below:
      • 1 Winner - $5000
      • 1 Runner-Up - $1000
  • Fraternities
    • Chapters of 75 members and above:
      • 1 Winner - $5000
      • 1 Runner-Up - $1000
    • Chapters of 74 members and below:
      • 1 Winner - $5000
      • 1 Runner-Up - $1000
  • Residence Halls
    • 1 Winner - $5000
    • 1 Runner-Up - $1000


application will open in the fall



  • Community Service
    • Individual group members will record their community service hours via GivePulse. This category will be judged based on the average number of community service hours per member as well as the degree of impact.
  • Programming Initiatives  
    • Each group will complete a form via Engage to describe their event (500 words maximum) that aligns with each of the programming categories – personal development, well-being, and community impact. 8-10 photos can also be uploaded to support the application content. 
  • Grade Point Average
    • Grade data will be pulled for each active member to provide the group's average GPA.

Community Service hours, programming initiatives, and GPAs that will be counted for the 2024 OU President's Cup must fall between the dates of August 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024.

Registered Student Organizations are not eligible for the President's Cup, however, we will be selecting up to 5 groups for $1000 awards based on their programming efforts in the three Student Affairs Strategic Plan Pillars: Personal Development; Well-Being; and Community Impact

DSOs (Big Event, AASA, BSA) and Governmental/Presidential groups (SGA, CAC, Crimson Club, PCS) are not eligible to win the $1000 award.


Personal Development is a student’s process of gaining awareness and understanding of who they are as individuals. Personal Development includes understanding who they are in terms of values, beliefs, and purpose as well as their social group identities. Demonstrating empathy and compassion, especially for those with very different backgrounds and experiences, is critical in all relationships. By exploring their sense of purpose, abilities, privileges, and intersecting identities, students can learn to develop self-efficacy and agency to positively change their own lives and impact their communities. Programming initiatives address the following outcomes:

  • Articulate their identities.
  • Demonstrate empathy and compassion in relationships.
  • Describe how they can contribute to making positive change.
  • Demonstrate the competencies needed for their professional development.

Well-Being is a student’s holistic understanding of wellness; including the emotional, mental, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of wellness. Well-Being is conscious, self-directed and evolving, positive, affirming, and inclusive. Students will be able to foster their own well-being as well as communities of well-being. Programming initiatives that address the following outcomes:

  • Define personal well-being.
  • Identify resources to support their well-being.
  • Integrate wellness strategies into daily life.
  • Foster communities of well-being.

Community Impact includes a student’s awareness of issues impacting communities and the world as well as their capacity and desire to take action to make positive, sustainable change. Both components are critical to collaboratively solving our world’s most pressing problems. Programming initiatives that address the following outcomes:

  • The impact of their actions on others.
  • Identify issues facing communities.
  • Collaborate effectively with others.
  • Advocate for positive change in their communities.

Q: What counts as volunteer hours?
A: OU values and encourages others to give back to the community. Acts of service done freely outside of academic requirements or work count as volunteer hours. Eligible service does not include donating funds, political lobbying (non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity), religious instruction, conducting worship service, proselytizing, court-ordered community service, and serving only family members (source: President's Volunteer Service Award Program).


Q: What if I am part of a service organization? (The Big Event, Food Pantry, etc.)
A: Any direct service with community organizations or clients including service projects, day-of events, etc. can count toward the award. Meetings and administrative work do not count.


Q: Do camps/mission trips count?
A: Yes! Please only count the hours you were actively volunteering.


Any other questions? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Vicky Bumgarner, at

2023-2024: Photos from the Awards Program


  • Headington Hall
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc.
  • Chi Omega
  • Pi Kappa Alpha


  • Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, INC.
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Residential Colleges
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.

Outstanding RSOs in Programming

  • African Student Association
  • International Advisory Committee
  • Kesem at The University of Oklahoma
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers