The Marshall Award
The Marshall Award was created to encourage personal leadership growth of Phi Theta Kappa advisors by providing financial support for the completion of a project that leads to personal leadership growth beyond the completion of professional degrees. Advisors who have served for three years as of April 6, 2013 are eligible to submit a Marshall Award proposal. As many as 5 stipends of $5,000 each will be awarded annually. Selection will be based on the applicant's project proposal and the applicant's potential for personal leadership growth through completion of the project as evidenced by the application. For the purpose of the Marshall application, personal leadership growth is defined as advancement, improvement, increase in knowledge, or general progress towards maturity in ones leadership potential, pursued out of the individual desire for betterment or personal interest in the undertaking.
The award was established in 2012 and is named in honor of Dr. Jo Marshall. Dr. Marshall serves as President of Somerset Community College in Kentucky and served the Society as an advisor for 30 years She has been honored as a Faculty Scholar, Mosal Scholar, Distinguished Regional Coordinator and Giles Distinguished Advisor. Her leadership as a faculty advisor for the Pi Pi Chapter at Jefferson State Community College, as Alabama Regional Coordinator and as the Regional Coordinator Representative to and Vice Chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors has long served as the model for fellow advisors. She has tirelessly worked to provide exemplary professional development opportunities for all chapter advisors as Leadership Development Certification Program Facilitator who was part of the team that took this program into Singapore and founder and facilitator of the annual Faculty Scholar Conference. Dr. Marshall was one of the first recipients of the Mosal Award and is an International Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa.
Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley, said, "It is only appropriate that Phi Theta Kappa's most prestigious leadership development award carry the name of Jo Marshall. Dr. Marshall has served in nearly every leadership post in Phi Theta Kappa - embracing each as a means by which to make Phi Theta Kappa stronger for all stakeholders. She has demonstrated through her career, that leadership can be taught and that opportunity should be given whenever possible for others to realize their leadership potential. The Marshall Awards serve to raise aspirations of our chapter advisors to step forward to lead and serve."
The Marshall Award will join the Mosal Award, named in honor of longtime Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director, Dr. Margaret Mosal, as the two most prestigious awards for chapter advisors. The first Marshall Awards will be given at the 2013 Association of Chapter Advisors Luncheon at the Annual Convention in San Jose. Applications are due February 22, 2013 by 5:00 pm CST.
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Named in honor of Dr. Jo Marshall, this award was created to encourage personal leadership growth of Phi Theta Kappa advisors