Leadership Opportunities

USAO offers leadership development opportunities for emerging and existing student leaders to prepare for leadership roles on campus, the community and around the world. Students will engage in a combination of theoretical and practical experiences to gain a fuller understanding of leadership topics and are given an opportunity to earn a Leadership Certificate.

Leadership Academy

Involvement is based on students’ achievements and potential for leadership while attending USAO. Students will work with a leadership advisor to track their progress towards earning a leadership certificate in various leadership levels: Emerging Leaders, Evolving Leaders & Engaging Leaders. Student participation in leadership development inside and outside the classroom will give them the training, education, and development needed to excel as a leader. Sign-up at Student Services.

USAO Student Leadership Conference

The Student Leadership Conference will provide students an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills, learn about various leadership topics and network with other leaders on campus. The conference is held each year in February.


Drover Difference Day

Drover Difference Day will allow students to volunteer throughout the Chickasha Community. Students will reflect on their service experience and provide feedback about what they learned all while helping out the community! Drover Difference Day is held during the spring trimester.

Minerva Awards

The Minerva Awards provide public recognition for outstanding students at USAO, honoring excellence in academics, community service, campus involvement and other areas. They are awarded to individuals who go above and beyond the ordinary expectations of USAO students. The ceremony is held each year in April.


President's Leadership Scholarship

Incoming students who wish to become future campus leaders can apply for the President's Leadership Scholarship. Approximately 10 scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is renewable for a total of four consecutive academic years and is based on participation in the areas of leadership, campus involvement, academics and attendance. Applications are due each year in February. For more information and how to apply contact the Financial Aid office at (405)-574-1251.