Tomahawk can best be summed up by the Five Functions of Tomahawk:
- To give recognition to independent students for outstanding work in student activities and organizations
- To stimulate interest in and to cooperate with student organizations and activities
- To provide opportunities in leadership for its members
- To be of service to the college community
- To act as an athletic boosting organization
Tomahawk is a service and leadership honor society. As an honor society, Tomahawk selects outstanding independent students of freshman level or above who have shown leadership in campus activities. In bringing these leaders together, Tomahawk hopes to further develop their leadership abilities, as well as broaden the scope of each member through pledgeship and organizational activities.
Realizing the benefits derived from activities, Tomahawk members help to stimulate interest among all students for participation in student organizations.
Tomahawk is a service organization. We perform over 30 service projects per semester at Purdue and in the surrounding community. Some of the projects we have done in the past include:
- Working at the Lafayette Urban Ministry homeless shelter
- Trick-or-Treating for a food drive
- Helping with Math Night at Klondike Elementary School
- Selling programs at Women’s basketball games
- Bowling with Cerebral Palsy Association
- Driving Golf Carts for the John Purdue Club at all home football games
- Organizing a signature drive for the Breast Cancer Society
- Serving popcorn in the Union before home football games
- Plus many more
Tomahawk also provides opportunities for its members to hold leadership positions. There are up to thirteen officer positions that are
elected every semester including president, vice president, pledge parents, historian, webmaster, social coordinator, service coordinator, and more.