Two Kansas University students have been named winners of the annual student-funded $500 EX.C.E.L. award for leadership, given by KU's Student Union Activities and the Board of Class Officers.
Dustin Daugherty, Russell senior, and Jill Russell, Kansas City, Mo. senior, will be recognized for the award today at halftime of the KU-Oklahoma University football game in Memorial Stadium. The game begins at 1 p.m.
The EX.C.E.L. Award for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership is funded by the KU Board of Class Officers. The award differs from most student awards because winners must work on leadership activities during the school year in which they won the award.
EX.C.E.L. awards are designed for a male and female student and are given by a committee.
Finalists were chosen based on leadership and communication skills, involvment in the KU community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and student organizations. Daugherty and Russell were selected from seven finalists.
To be eligible, applicants had to be full-time undergraduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students were nominated by individuals, organizations, living groups or themselves. A total of 47 students were nominated.
The EX.C.E.L. awards were established in 1991, in part, to add student interest in homecoming activities.