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Oreon E. Scott Award

Oreon E. Scott was a former Drake governing board member who turned his success as a St. Louis real estate businessman into a lifetime of philanthropy for the Disciples of Christ Church, which founded Drake in 1881. 

Given annually since 1949, the Oreon E. Scott Award recipient is considered to be the exemplary senior student leader at Drake. Excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and involvement are hallmarks of the Oreon E. Scott Award winner. As part of their honor, the recipient will have the opportunity to speak at commencement in May. This award requires additional supporting information, including a letter of nomination and the nominee's current resumé. Detailed instructions can be found in the Adams Leadership Convocation nomination form here.

2020 Recipient:

Lauren Kennon

“Lauren’s journey, from being a very successful neuroscience major with a desire to do research, to having a deep passion for higher education is a testament to her ability to self-reflect and make difficult, mature decisions. It is also an endorsement of how Drake provides opportunities for students to grow and evolve while making a lasting impression on others. Each step in her journey has drawn her closer to finding her life’s purpose. Investing in someone like Lauren is such an honor—we need more Lauren’s in the world! Lauren has the brilliance, humility and discipline to take her Drake experience and continue to make a difference in life beyond Drake.”
-Kim Jones, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
"I have the high honor of knowing Lauren personally. We both served on the orientation team last summer and I can say that it was nothing short of a delight to work with someone so dedicated to Drake University and the next generation of Bulldogs. I watched as Lauren worked with incoming students, and it’s clear to me that in the very short time that they spent with her, that they had already made a friend and mentor that they could turn to for help while at Drake. Lauren is a Bulldog through and through, and I firmly believe that she is the most deserving person on our campus to receive this award.”
-Nick Johnston, Drake 2019-2020 Student Body President

Previous Oreon E. Scott Award Winners

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