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Fraternity Awards Competition

The annual awards program for chapters, individuals and alumni associations is designed to provide our members with an easier application method and greater recognition for our chapters’ hard work. Both alumni awards and individual award applications and their criteria are listed below.

Applications for the Awards competition will become available on April 1st.


Instructions



Some awards require nominations while others do not. Please read the criteria for each award (in the sections below) to see which awards require nominations and who can nominate. For chapter/colony awards requiring a nomination, Province Archons and Chapter Development Team members may submit a nomination form for chapters/colonies they work with using the form available HERE. The deadline for submissions is March 16. The nominations are important as some awards (Zeal, Chapter Achievement, Colony of the Year, Most Improved) require a nomination to be considered.Certain Chapter



Chapters will be notified of the awards for which they were nominated via an email to the Eminent Archon. The email will include a link to the Chapter Awards Application, which will consist of several short-answer questions for chapters to complete and submit. In addition, chapters may apply for any “Core Area Award” without a nomination from the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member. All submissions will be reviewed by the awards committee.



Chapters will have the opportunity to upload supporting materials as part of their application. Submissions must be brief and either supplement or enhance answers to award questions. Examples include, but are not limited to, letters of recommendation, news articles, and written plans or programs. Examples of materials that will not be considered include numerous photos, additional essays about why the chapter should receive the award, or additional letters of recommendation outside of those that are required. If there are no boxes to upload materials, supporting materials are not permitted as part of that application.



All awards application submissions will be handled through our online application system. This will require an email login, which you create when applying. We strongly encourage chapters to use the same email address for all submissions. This will allow the basic information (chapter name, contact information, etc.) to automatically fill in the next application you are completing. Individual awards and alumni awards also require an email login, which you create when applying. Submissions in these categories may come from different email logins.



John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal

For chapters to be considered for the John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal, the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete the appropriate Zeal Award application.
  • Complete the Chapter Achievement Award application.

Submit letters of recommendation from:

  • Greek Life advisor
  • Chapter advisor
  • Letter of support from community
  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member.

Chapter Achievement Award

For chapters to be considered for a Chapter Achievement Award, the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete the appropriate Chapter Achievement Award application.
  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member.

Harry S. Bunting Outstanding Colony of the Year

For colonies to be considered for the Harry S. Bunting Outstanding Colony of the Year, the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete the appropriate Bunting Outstanding Colony of the Year application.
  • Must not have been chartered prior to January 1, 2020.
  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member.

Most Improved Chapter

For chapters to be considered for a Most Improved Chapter, the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete the appropriate Most Improved Chapter Award application.
  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member.

Core Area Awards

For chapters to be considered one of our other Core Area Awards (those not listed above), the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete the appropriate Core Area Award application.

Award winners will be announced over the summer and via The Record Online.


Alumni Association Awards

This award recognizes the area alumni association that has made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in its respective geographical area. The winning association will exemplify consistent dedication in enhancing the fraternal experience for alumni from all chapters residing in the local area and, when possible, the undergraduates of the chapter or colony that may be located in the vicinity, as set forth in the Fraternity Laws. Its activities should also include events and efforts to keep and enhance friendships among alumni. A key factor will be its ability to increase participation of members as alumni in the Fraternity.

Criteria: Any Area Alumni Association may apply.

Alumni communication awards recognize groups that excel in communicating their messages to specific audiences. Certificates for these awards are given to winning groups in each communications category, including:

  • Printed newsletters
  • Electronic newsletters
  • Websites

Awards are given for content, design and layout; effectiveness of message; and production quality. All activities and materials should be in compliance with Fraternity policies.

Criteria: Any Area Alumni Association may apply. Applicants will be required to submit PDF copies of printed and/or electronic newsletters.

This award recognizes the chapter alumni association that has made an outstanding contribution of time and energy to its respective chapter or colony. The winning association will exemplify consistent dedication in enhancing the fraternal experience for the undergraduates of the chapter or colony, as well as for its alumni, as set forth in the Fraternity Laws. Its activities should also include events and efforts to keep and enhance friendships among alumni. A key factor will be its ability to increase participation of members as alumni in the Fraternity.

Criteria: Any Chapter Alumni Association may apply.

This award is designed to recognize a particular event or special project conceived, planned and implemented that has a direct impact on the association’s goals and enhances the reputation of the Fraternity. Examples might include golf tournaments, philanthropic events or fundraising campaigns.

Criteria: Any Alumni Association may apply.

Housing Corporation Awards

Alumni communication awards recognize groups that excel in communicating their messages to specific audiences. Certificates for these awards are given to winning groups in each communications category, including:

  • Printed newsletters
  • Electronic newsletters
  • Websites

Awards are given for content, design and layout; effectiveness of message; and production quality. All activities and materials should be in compliance with Fraternity policies.

Criteria: Any House Corporation may apply. Applicants will be required to submit PDF copies of printed and/or electronic newsletters.

This award recognizes the house corporation that has demonstrated a level of organization and activity that exceeds the requirements of the Fraternity Laws. The recipient of this award generally utilizes experts in finance, maintenance, construction, law, insurance and other fields related to the management of a chapter house or lodge. The house corporation holds regular meetings throughout the year and is in frequent contact with the chapter leadership and alumni. The house corporation plans, researches and implements both short-term and long-term goals and has great concern for the financial structure and well-being of the chapter as is integral to its success in housing initiatives.

Criteria: Any House Corporation may apply.

Advisory Board Awards

This award recognizes the advisory board that has given outstanding assistance and guidance to a chapter or colony. The nominated advisory board should be diligent and enthusiastic in handling responsibilities and assisting chapters to become as self-sufficient as possible. Additionally, advisory boards should attend both Executive Council and regular chapter meetings on a consistent basis and advise the chapter on the 12 core areas of the Chapter Operations. If a house corporation exists, the advisory board should collaborate with it.
Criteria: Any Advisory Board may apply.

Individual Awards

To apply for Individual Awards, please click the button within each collapsable field below.

This award, established in 1924 by Edwin E. Besser Jr. and J. Frank Lindsey, recognizes a man who has excelled in every area of college life — on the athletic field, in the classroom and in campus organizations.

Criteria: A chapter may nominate as many individuals that meet the following four qualifications:
  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Participate on a collegiate sports team above the intramural level
  • Have held chapter and/or campus leadership positions
  • Be a senior in academic standing
NOTE: A chapter may nominate as many individuals as it wishes.

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M. Todd Buchanan (Southern Mississippi ’90) established the Recruitment Chairman Scholarship in 2006 to recognize our most outstanding undergraduate Recruitment Chairman. Each candidate should display an unwavering commitment to improving his chapter’s recruitment efforts and organizing the entire chapter to take part in that effort. The candidate should demonstrate his success by showing that his chapter set and reached a goal for new members during the current academic year. Furthermore, his leadership should result in overall membership gains for his chapter. The $1,000 scholarship is earmarked for undergraduate tuition for the next academic year.

Criteria: Any Recruitment Chairman may apply.
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The Outstanding Chapter Advisors Award recognizes chapter and colony advisors who demonstrate peer leadership and who excel in serving as a role model and mentor. Applicants should be well-versed in their respective groups’ overall activities, providing guidance and making sure collegiate members uphold the Fraternity’s policies and procedures. Criteria: A Chapter/Colony Advisor may be nominated and apply if he/she meets the following three qualifications:

  • Served as chapter advisor during the current academic year
  • Be nominated by a member of the group he/she served, an alumni advisor, or Province Archon. (Self nominations will not be accepted.)
  • Must have gone above and beyond the call of duty as chapter advisor

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The Outstanding Eminent Archon Award recognizes chapter and colony presidents who excel in their leadership as the head of their respective groups. Applicants should possess dynamic personalities, good communication skills with members and external audiences and an ability to exceed core operational areas and meet goals.

In turn, applicants for the Outstanding Eminent Archon Award and Scholarship automatically will be considered for the Bradley M. Cohen Eminent Archon of the Year Scholarship Award. The successful candidate will demonstrate service to the chapter and Sigma Alpha Epsilon above and beyond the call of duty, having made measurable improvements in the welfare, culture and spirit of the chapter. The winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship, endowed by Bradley M. Cohen (Arizona ’85) and earmarked for undergraduate tuition for the next academic year.

Criteria: An Eminent Archon may be nominated and apply if he meets the following four qualifications:

  • Served as Eminent Archon during the current academic year
  • Nominated by a member of the chapter he served, an alumni advisor, or Province Archon (Self nominations will not be accepted.)
  • Must have made a difference in the overall welfare, culture, and spirit of the chapter
  • Must be an initiated brother.

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The Outstanding Eminent Treasurer Award recognizes chapter and colony treasurers who demonstrate proficiency and leadership in financial oversight and budgeting. Applicants should excel at managing a budget, collecting revenue, paying expenses and providing oversight to ensure the group’s financial stability.

Criteria: An Eminent Treasurer may be nominated and apply if he meets the following four qualifications:

  • Served as Eminent Treasurer during the current academic year
  • Be nominated by a member of the group he served, an alumni advisor, or Province Archon. (Self nominations will not be accepted.)
  • Must have gone above and beyond the call of duty as Eminent Treasurer
  • Must be an initiated brother

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The Ken Tracey Award and Scholarship for Interfraternal Leadership was established in 2013 to honor past Eminent Supreme Archon Ken Tracey (Eastern New Mexico ’70) for his service and lifetime commitment not only to Sigma Alpha Epsilon but to the Greek-letter world. The award recognizes the brother involved in the Greek community who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to promote and enhance the system. Each candidate should display a sincere desire for the strongest of interfraternal relations between all Greek-letter organizations. The $1,000 scholarship is earmarked for undergraduate tuition for the next academic year.

Criteria: Any undergraduate chapter member may be nominated and apply if he meets the following four qualifications:

  • Must have been in an undergraduate chapter during the current academic year.
  • Be nominated by a member of the group he served, an alumni advisor, or Province Archon. (Self nominations will not be accepted.)
  • Must be an initiated brother
  • Must be a member in good-standing

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The True Gentleman of the Year Award is the highest honor the Fraternity can bestow on an undergraduate brother. The award, first given in 2000, is presented annually to an undergraduate who has been determined to be the most outstanding collegiate in Sigma Alpha Epsilon, considering scholastic achievement, fraternity involvement, university leadership and community service. Each chapter in good standing is encouraged to nominate a brother deserving of this honor.

The True Gentleman of the Year will receive a $5,000 scholarship award, endowed by Warren P. Poslusny (Kettering ’69) to recognize brothers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in the Fraternity.

Criteria: Any undergraduate chapter member may be nominated and apply if he meets the following four qualifications:

  • Candidates must be active brothers from chapters in good standing with the Fraternity and their college or university, be a junior, senior, or graduated this past December.
  • Although the chapter must endorse the candidate, the candidate may complete the application and gather the supporting documents on his own.
  • The chapter should select the brother most deserving of this honor and encourage him to apply or for a selected brother to complete the application on his behalf.

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Chapter Awards

The John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal (The Zeal Award) recognizes the chapter that best exemplifies a model chapter in Sigma Alpha Epsilon. This chapter excels in its operations and brotherhood, fulfilling the vision of our Founding Fathers and its members and by living the life of a true gentleman. This chapter goes above and beyond expectations and demonstrates true zeal and excitement for the Fraternity, exhibiting a strong bond of brotherhood.

The John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal winning chapter will receive a $5,000 donation to its Chapter Education Fund, endowed by Warren P. Poslusny (Kettering ’69) to recognize brothers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in the Fraternity. Runners-up for the Zeal Award will receive a tuition scholarship to the next Executives Academy, also courtesy of Warren P. Poslusny (Kettering ’69).

Criteria: Any exemplary chapter in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may be nominated and apply if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member.
  • Collect/submit three letters of recommendation from a chapter advisor, a Greek Life Advisor, and a member of the community.
  • Due to the nature of the awards application, applicants will automatically be considered for every other chapter award (with the exception of Most Improved Chapter Award).

The Chapter Achievement Award is the award earned by the best chapters in the Fraternity that excel in the core, fundamental areas of chapter operations.

Criteria: Any exemplary chapter in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may be nominated and apply if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member.
  • Due to the nature of the awards application, applicants will automatically be considered for every other chapter award (with the exception of John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal and Chapter Achievement Award).

The Most Improved Chapter Award is the award that compares a then-and-now scenario and how the chapter took a less-than-optimal situation to turn its problems into progress.

Criteria: Any exemplary chapter in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may be nominated and apply if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon or Chapter Development Team Member.
  • Due to the nature of the awards application, applicants will automatically be considered for every other chapter award (with the exception of John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal and Chapter Achievement Award).

The Harry S. Bunting Outstanding Colony of the Year recognizes the best colony in the Realm. The application is the same as the chapter awards application in order for the colony to become familiar with the process.

Criteria: Any exemplary colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may be nominated and apply if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Receive a supporting nomination from either the Province Archon, Chapter Development Team Member, or Expansion Team Member.
  • Must not have been chartered prior to January 1st.
  • Due to the nature of the awards application, applicants for this award will automatically be considered for other applicable awards.

The Alumni Relations Award is given to the chapter that, at a minimum, invites alumni to participate in the various Ritual ceremonies and uses an alumni advisory board to keep its alumni informed of opportunities to help the chapter/colony.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Brandon Weghorst Outstanding Communication Award recognizes the chapter/colony that excels in its communication with members, alumni and others through various mediums, such as printed, electronic or social-media vehicles.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Member Education Award recognizes those chapters/colonies who have excelled in implementing The Phoenix Member Education Program.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Outstanding Financial Management Award recognizes chapters/colonies that demonstrate proficiency in successful budgeting and financial matters. They serve as role models for fiscal responsibility and budget oversight.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Outstanding Health & Safety Award is awarded to chapters/colonies that both follow and enhance our health-and-safety policies. These groups not only foresee risk factors but work proactively to avoid them and to ensure the well-being of their members and guests.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Outstanding Chapter House Award is earned by chapters/colonies that demonstrate the advancement of housing, regardless of who owns the property. Applications are judged on the successful management of the property and life-safety issues that help protect its occupants.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Joseph A. Mancini Outstanding Chapter Service and Philanthropy Award has been given to chapters/colonies both large and small. The overall idea is not always about the amount of money raised, it’s about contributing to the greater good and giving back to the surrounding community.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Kimball-Phelps Award for Outstanding Chapter Singing provides recognition to the chapter that uses the songs of the Fraternity as an integral part of its operations and brotherhood-building events.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

OPTIONAL: Include a sample of the chapter’s singing (.mp3 files, movies, etc.).

The Noble Leslie DeVotie Excellence in Ritual Award is judged by the Ritual Committee and takes into consideration applicants who not only perform the Ritual but perform it often and well.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Robert C. Cousins Award for Outstanding Recruitment is given to the chapter/colony that recruits on values and needs of the chapter. This chapter also realizes that quantity and quality are both attainable goals.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Outstanding Chapter Scholarship is given to chapters/colonies that not only sustain an above-average grade-point average but that also use innovative ways to keep members on track academically. Winning chapters have a vast knowledge of resources on their campus as well as within their chapter/colony.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The Smith-Huffman Outstanding Chapter Management recognizes the chapter that displays the best overall control and interrelationships of chapter/colony activities.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

The University Relations Award looks at chapter awards given by colleges and universities as well as IFCs and other organizations on campus. This award also takes into consideration how often the chapter/colony meets and plans with its campus-based professionals and the rapport it has established with those individuals.

Criteria: Any chapter/colony in good standing with the Fraternity Service Center may apply for this award.

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