The Marshall Award

Eligibility | Deadline | Application | Selection Criteria | Recognition | Final Report

The purpose of the Marshall Award is to encourage personal leadership growth of Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors by providing financial support for the completion of a project that leads to personal leadership growth as a leader beyond the completion of professional degrees. For the purpose of this application, personal professional growth is defined as advancement, improvement, increase in knowledge, or general progress towards maturity in one's leadership potential, pursued out of the individual desire for betterment or personal interest in the undertaking.

Each Award carries a stipend of $5,000 to complete the project described in the application with the number presented each year dependent upon quality of applications and availability of funds. Selection is 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.

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.

Award Winner


  • Debbra Esparza, Executive Director, Organizational Development, Lone Star College System, The Woodlands, TX
    Project Title: "Connecting Who I Am With What I Do: A Journey in Discovery and Leadership"
    View Proposal


  • Dr. Sauda Underwood Smith, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Tortola, BVI; View Proposal


All advisors whose term as an advisor began on or before April 9, 2013 (three years before the date of the Awards Ceremony at the NerdNation 2016), are eligible to apply. Advisors who do not know their start date may contact Key Services at to determine eligibility.

Advisors applying for the Marshall Award may not apply for its companion the Mosal Award in the same year. Advisors who have been awarded the Marshall Award may apply for the Mosal Award beginning 10 years after receiving the Marshall Award.


Application deadline to be announced

Attn: Marshall Award Applications/Key Services
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
1625 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211

Selection Criteria

Applications are judged on the merits of the project proposal; the potential impact of the project on the applicant; the applicant's past accomplishments, past demonstration of leadership, and general preparedness to complete the project; and the overall presentation.

Review the Marshall Award Rubrics


Each Award carries a stipend of $5,000 to complete the project described in the application with the number presented each year dependent upon quality of applications and availability of funds. In addition, winners of the Marshall Award are recognized at the Association of Chapter Advisors Luncheon at Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention, where they are presented the prestigious Marshall Award Medallion. Stipends will be mailed to award winners following the Convention.

Final Report

Marshall Award recipients are required to submit a Final Report to Phi Theta Kappa when they have completed their projects and collected all necessary data. This brief report will be a summary of the project, an expenditures list and an assessment of the project's value. Except in unusual circumstances, the report should be submitted within the three years allowed for the completion of the project. A report form will be sent to recipients after the stipend is awarded.

For more information concerning the Marshall Award program, contact Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs Susan Edwards at 601.984.3541.