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Fraternity Recognition Awards

Recognition of achievement and dedication to the Fraternity is important. Members and chapters that have distinguished themselves on various levels of the Fraternity or within their professions bring honor not only to themselves but also to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The Fraternity realizes the value in acknowledging exceptional service and that the presentation of an award of recognition is also a primary way to show our appreciation

The awards and certificates described below are intended for individual members. Individuals, chapters, alumni, provinces and others are encouraged to nominate others for these awards. All awards are processed by the Fraternity Service Center through the Manager of Alumni Services & Special Projects. Nominations may be submitted through the online form below

Looking for the Fraternity Awards Competition?
This annual competition allows chapters, alumni associations and some chapter officers to submit applications for recognition as being leaders in the Realm. Winners are recognized at the Anniversary Convention. The competition begins in the spring of each year, and full details and links to applications are available HERE.

Description: The Order of the Phoenix is one of the highest levels of recognition that an undergraduate member can receive. It can only be awarded to a member while he is still an undergraduate member. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding commitment and loyalty to the Fraternity by a collegiate brother.

Materials: Recipients will receive a printed certificate, medallion and lapel pin.

Requirements: The recipient must have demonstrated outstanding service to the Fraternity on any level for an extended period of time.

Cost: The cost of the award is $26.50 plus shipping.

Nomination: Collegiate members may be nominated by any individual or any governing body.

Approval & Presentation: This award may be approved and presented by any governing body of the Fraternity.

Description: The Order of the Lion recognizes outstanding commitment and loyalty to the Fraternity by an alumnus.

Materials: Recipients will receive a printed certificate and lapel pin.

Requirements: The recipient must have demonstrated outstanding service to the Fraternity on any level for an extended period of time.

Cost: The cost of the award is $9.00 plus shipping.

Nomination: An alumnus may be nominated by any individual or any governing body.

Approval & Presentation: This award may be approved and presented by any governing body of the Fraternity.

Description: The Order of Minerva recognizes outstanding commitment and loyalty to the Fraternity by an alumnus over an extended period of time on various Fraternity levels.

Materials: Recipients will receive a printed certificate and lapel pin.

Requirements: The recipient must have five years of significant service on the local, regional or national level or combination thereof in one or multiple positions (e.g. house corporation or alumni association officer, chapter advisory board, province officer OR long-term project, such as serving on an alumni commission). In addition, he already should have been awarded the Order of the Lion. This honor be recommended at any point in the alumnus’ career, even within five years of graduation, if the contribution was significant as described.

Cost: The cost of the award is $9.00 plus shipping.

Nomination: An alumnus member may be nominated by any individual or any governing body.

Approval & Presentation: This award is approved by the Eminent Supreme Recorder and may be presented by a Chapter Collegiate, alumni association, province or national officer.

Description: The second highest award an individual alumnus can receive, the Merit Key recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated significant service and loyalty to the Fraternity on combined levels for an extended period of time.

Materials: Recipients will receive a printed certificate, lapel pin and badge in key design customarily worn on a tie.

Requirements: The nominee must have served ten years of sustained leadership in multiple positions (e.g. chapter adviser, alumni association officer, province officer and national committee member or Leadership School faculty.) However, if the service has been truly extraordinary, the strict ten-year requirement may be waived. The recipient also must have made significant contribution on national, regional and local levels. In addition, he already should have received the Order of the Lion and Order of Minerva.

Cost: There is no cost for this award.

Nomination: An alumnus member may be nominated by any individual or any governing body.

Approval & Presentation: The award is approved by the Supreme Council and is presented by a Supreme Council member or his designee.

Recognizing a lifetime of service and loyalty to the Fraternity, the Distinguished Service Award is the highest individual award a member may receive.

Recipients receive a Coat-of-arms emblazoned on a gold diamond-shaped medallion supported by a gold and purple ribbon worn around the neck. Recipient also receives a diamond-shaped pin depicting the coat-of-arms in the center, the letters “DSA” in reverse at the bottom and a diamond set at the top that is customarily worn on a coat lapel.

Requirements for the award are outstanding loyalty and dedication to the Fraternity for many years that distinguishes him as a member deserving recognition above all others. His actions exhibit their understanding of the Fraternity’s teachings, adherence to Fraternity Laws, attention to the promotion of its welfare and exemplary conduct that guards well its honor and high standing.

There is no cost for this award.

Nominations are made the Supreme Council.

The award is approved by the Supreme Council and presented by the Supreme Council at the Fraternity Convention or at other times as deemed appropriate.

Description: The Order of the Violet recognizes outstanding commitment and support of the Fraternity by the spouse or significant other of an alumnus or collegiate member over an extended period of time.

Materials: Recipients will receive a printed certificate and special jeweled gold pin.

Requirements: The spouse or significant other must have shown commitment to the Fraternity and its mission through actions, support, involvement or volunteer effort, demonstrating loyalty and service to Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Cost: The cost of the award is $23.00 plus shipping.

Nomination: The person may be nominated by any individual member or any governing body.

Approval & Presentation: This award may be approved and presented by any individual or governing body of the Fraternity.

Description: The Order of DeVotie is presented to an collegiate or alumni member for recognition of proficiency in the Ritual of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. This does not necessarily require memorization of the Fraternity’s Ritual. This honor encourages undergraduate participation and excellence in the use of our Ritual at all appropriate occasions as well as to recognize alumni members for their volunteer service and commitment to promote proper usage of our Ritual at the chapter level. Consideration for the award shall be given upon proper nomination for the award.

Materials: Recipients will receive a printed certificate and lapel pin. The award is completely separate from the sequenced awards of Order of the Lion, Minerva, etc.

Requirements: Requirement for the award is outstanding proficiency in the Fraternity’s Ritual as demonstrated by the following: • Knowledge – The member has a demonstrated, working knowledge of the Ritual and its tenets. • Execution – The member has demonstrated proper execution of the Ritual in one or more appropriate settings. • Education – The member has demonstrated a commitment to sharing the values and context of the Ritual to our collegiate members through teaching both the proper ceremonial process and facilitating the meaning of the Ritual and its application to one’s daily life. • Application – The member has demonstrated through behavior consistent application of the principles of the Ritual to his life, the chapter and encouraging others to live the life of a true gentleman.

Nomination: Any individual or governing body may nominate a member.

Cost: The cost of the award is $10.50 plus shipping.

Approval & Presentation: The award is approved by the Eminent Supreme Recorder. It should be presented at a Founders Day celebration, Fraternity education program, province meeting, chapter banquet or other event of similar nature.

Description: The Highest Effort Award recognizes the member who, through his professional success, has brought positive recognition to the Fraternity. By their example and achievement, recipients of this award exemplify the ideals of the Fraternity and “The True Gentleman.”

Materials: Recipients receive a printed certificate denoting their professional field.

Requirements: The nominee must have made a significant contribution to various professional fields that brought positive recognition to the Fraternity. However, this honor does not require direct volunteer service to the Fraternity.

Cost: There is no cost for this award.

Nomination: Nominations are made by an individual or any governing body of the Fraternity in one of the following fields: Arts, Athletics, Business, Communications/Journalism, Community Service/Philanthropy, Education, Law, Medicine, Military/Government, Science/Technology.

Approval & Presentation: This award is approved by the Eminent Supreme Recorder and may be presented at appropriate times by the person or group making the nomination.

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