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The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award

Recipients of the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award

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The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award is given in honor of the former Oklahoma State University President who made noteworthy contributions to this University, to higher education, and to the benefit of humankind as the first director of the Point Four program for technical assistance to nations around the world. This is the highest humanitarian award given by Oklahoma State University. In addition to a citation concerning the achievements of the awardee, an appropriately inscribed medallion is presented during OSU's Spring Commencement Program.

The following criteria has been established as a basis for selecting the person to receive the award:

"The recipient of this award may be an alumnus of the University, a citizen of the state or nation, or a distinguished world citizen. His/her record of achievement and qualities of leadership and service must be truly outstanding and merit this high award of recognition given by the University. He/she should possess the high ideals of citizenship and service and those qualities of character which exemplify the life of the OSU President in whose name this award is made. The person should have had a distinguished career in a professional field, some phase of business or industry, government service or humanitarian concern."

Any individual may make nominations to the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee. The recommendation of the Selection Committee must have the approval of the OSU Board of Regents.

Recipients of the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award