The Rollins Society

About The Rollins Society

Established in 1994 by the Graduate Professional Council, the Rollins Society recognizes graduate and professional students who have significantly advanced the well-being of self-defined communities beyond the scope of their academic work. GPC named this honor after James S. Rollins, the former Missouri Senator, who is celebrated as the “Father of the University.” Throughout his career, Mr. Rollins advanced the welfare of the University of Missouri through generous financial contributions and numerous legislative efforts, most notably his sponsorship of the bill that established the Columbia campus as the official university of the state.

During Mizzou Tap Day, the Rollins Society will continue its tradition of honoring Mr. Rollins’ memory by inducting a select group of graduate and professional students who follow his example of dedication to public service, and whose record of service affirms the importance of the Society’s watchwords Officium (Duty), Fides (Faithfulness), and Ductus (Leadership). Information about this year’s nomination and application process will be available in the early Spring. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

For more information and to access the application form, visit