Missouri Western was one of 28 schools nationwide to be named a finalist for the 2021 Division II Award of Excellence, an accolade recognizing initiatives in the past year that exemplify the Division II philosophy, community engagement and student-athlete leadership.

The honor stems from the 2019 “Griffs Giving Gifts” initiative, an annual tradition spearheaded by the Missouri Western Student- Athlete Advisory Committee. The program partners with the St. Joseph AFL-CIO to adopt families who need an extra boost. In 2019, student-athletes raised and donated a record $2,000, while adopting more than 50 individuals around the St. Joseph area. 

It’s the third straight year a MWSU SAAC effort has been nominated for the Award of Excellence.