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Winter Awards

Presented annually at the Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers conferences, Pi Kappa Phi's winter awards recognize chapters for achievement in the Seven Objectives of Chapter Excellence.

Chapter Awards

Founders' Awards

The Founders' Awards recognize only the most outstanding chapters of Pi Kappa Phi in the nation. Recipients of these awards display overall excellence in the areas of the Seven Objectives: Governance, Growth, Member Experience, Branding & Communication, Scholarship, Service & Philanthropy and Campus Involvement.

Champion Master Chapter Awards 

Chapters that achieve a composite score of “Three Stars” on the Seven Objectives Report are recognized as Champion Master Chapters. Champion Master Chapters will be considered finalists for the Founders' Awards.

Theron A. Houser Most Improved Chapter Award

Named in honor of Brother Houser, Zeta (Wofford), who served on the national council for 32 years, including national president from 1950-56 and believed any chapter could achieve greatness, this award recognizes the chapter that demonstrates the overall most significant improvement in the Seven Objectives of Chapter Excellence.

Objective One: Governance 

Outstanding Governance Award

The top performing chapter within the governance objective will receive this award in each region.

Most Improved in Governance Award

The chapter that demonstrates the most significant improvement within the Governance objective will receive this award in each region.

Commitment to Values Award

This award recognizes the Standards Board that proactively educates both initiated and associate members on the standards of the fraternity, fosters a culture of accountability within their chapter, strives to create positive change in a member's behavior by utilizing developmental sanctions, and exemplifies the values of Pi Kappa Phi as espoused in our Ritual of Initiation.

Master Chapter of Governance Award

Chapters that achieve “three star” status in the Governance category of the Seven Objectives Report will be designated as a Master Chapter of Governance in each region.

Objective Two: Growth

Executive Award

The chapter with the most initiated undergraduates in the past year receives this award in each region.

Recruitment Excellence Awards

This award goes to the chapters that meet their yearly recruitment goal. 

Retention Excellence Awards 

This award goes to chapters with a new member retention rate of 90 percent or greater.

Alumni Initiation Award

This award goes to chapters who alumni initiate at least three alumni a year.

Legacy Recruitment Award

This award goes to chapters who initiate at least three legacies a year.

Outstanding Recruitment Program Award

The chapter with the overall most outstanding recruitment program receives this award in each region.

Outstanding Growth Award

The top performing chapter within the growth objective in terms of recruitment and chapter size will receive this award in each region.

Most Improved Growth Award

The chapter that demonstrates the most significant improvement within the Growth objective in terms of recruitment and chapter size receives this award in each region

Master Chapter of Growth Award

Chapters that achieve “three star” status in the Growth portion of the Seven Objectives Report will be designated as a Master Chapter of Growth. Your chapter is automatically eligible for this award. 

Objective Three: Member Experience

Outstanding Member Experience Award

The top performing chapter within the member experience objective will receive this award in each region.

Most Improved in Member Experience Award

The chapter that demonstrates the most significant improvement within the Member Experience objective receives this award in each region.

Master Chapter of Member Experience Award

Chapters that achieve “three star” status in the Member Experience category of the Seven Objectives Report will be designated as a Master Chapter of Member Experience in each region.

Objective Four: Branding & Communication 

Website of the Year

Awarded to the chapter with the most outstanding website.

Outstanding Branding and Communication Award

The top performing chapter within the Branding and Communication objective will receive this award in each region.

Most Improved in Branding and Communication Award

The chapter that demonstrates the most significant improvement within the Branding and Communication objective receives this award in each region.

Chapter Newsletter of the Year 

The year’s most outstanding alumni newsletter produced by an undergraduate chapter.

Master Chapter of Branding and Communication

Chapters that achieve “three star” status in the Branding and Communication category of the Seven Objectives Report will be designated as a Master Chapter of Branding and Communication. Your chapter is automatically eligible for this award.

Objective Five: Scholarship 

W.E. Edington Award 

Brother Edington, Upsilon (Illinois), realized that fraternity was in crisis due to an onslaught of negative press about fraternity men and low grades. He served as chairman of the scholarship committee, which first began issuing awards to chapters and individual brothers for academic success. In his honor, we recognize the chapter with the highest cumulative G.P.A., based on the calendar year. 

Most Improved G.P.A. Award 

The chapter with the greatest overall improvement in its G.P.A. receives this award in each region.

Most Outstanding G.P.A. Award

The top performing chapter within the governance objective will receive this award in each region.

Outstanding Scholarship Award 

The chapter with the overall most outstanding program for scholarship and academic achievement receives this award in each region.

Most Improved in Scholarship Award 

The chapter that demonstrates the most significant improvement within the Scholarship objective receives this award in each region.

Master Chapter of Scholarship

Chapters that achieve “three star” status in the Scholarship category of the Seven Objectives Report will be designated as a Master Chapter of Scholarship. Your chapter is automatically eligible for this award.

Objective Six: Service and Philanthropy 

The Ability Experience Cup

This award goes to the chapter with the highest total fundraising for the calendar year.

Durward W. Owen Fundraising Award

This award goes to the chapter with the highest per/man fundraising for the calendar year.

Leadership Through Service Award

This award goes to the chapter with the highest participation in national events.

The Star of Hope Award  

The award goes to the chapter with the most outstanding and comprehensive use of The Ability Experience programming on their campus with a balanced focus on disability awareness, fundraising and volunteer efforts. 

Thomas Sayre Volunteer Award

This award goes to the chapter with the most per-man volunteer hours.

Outstanding Event Award

The chapter that held the most outstanding event in each region.

Outstanding Volunteer Relationship Award

This award goes to the chapter in each region with the most outstanding volunteer relationship.

Most Improved in Service and Philanthropy Award

The chapter that demonstrates the most significant improvement within the Service and Philanthropy objective receives this award in each region.

Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award

The top performing chapter within the Service and Philanthropy objective will receive this award in each region.

Master Chapter of Service and Philanthropy

Chapters that achieve “three star” status in the Service and Philanthropy category of the Seven Objectives Report will be designated as a Master Chapter of Service and Philanthropy. Your chapter is automatically eligible for this award.

Silver Society

For a chapter to be recognized as part of the Silver Society, the chapter’s 2016 fundraising total must have been between $100 and $149.99 per man.

Gold Society

For a chapter to be recognized as part of the Gold Society, the chapter’s 2016 fundraising total must have been between $150 and $249.99 per man.

Platinum Society

For a chapter to be recognized as part of the Platinum Society, the chapter’s 2016 fundraising total must have been over $250 per man.

Objective Seven: Campus Involvement 

Outstanding Campus Involvement Award

This award recognizes the chapter that best exemplifies the daily representation of involvement on their campus in each region.

Most Improved in Campus Involvement Award

The chapter that demonstrates the most significant improvement within the Campus Involvement objective receives this award in each region.

Joe Sewell Intramural Cup 

Brother Sewell, Omicron (Alabama), is an inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and holds the record for fewest strikeouts in a season (three in 1932). In his honor this award is given to the chapter that best exemplifies the values of Pi Kappa Phi in competition on the intramural field.

Master Chapter of Campus Involvement

Chapters that achieve “three star” status in the Campus Involvement category of the Seven Objectives Report will be designated as a Master Chapter of Campus Involvement. Your chapter is automatically eligible for this award.

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Student Awards

Archon of the Year Nominate Someone

Recognizes the most outstanding archon in the nation.

Philanthropy Chairman of the Year Nominate Someone

Named in honor of Thomas Sayre, Kappa (North Carolina), who helped to establish Push America as Pi Kappa Phi's national philanthropy, this award recognizes the most outstanding Ability Experience chairman in the nation.

Servant Leader of the Year Nominate Someone

This award recognizes a member of Pi Kappa Phi who goes above and beyond to impact his community.

Volunteer Awards

Chapter Advisor of the Year Nominate Someone

Recognizes the fraternity’s most outstanding Chapter Advisor. The recipient demonstrates lifelong commitment to the fraternity and excellence as a Pi Kappa Phi volunteer with their time and talent. Members and non-members are eligible to win this award.

Associate Chapter Advisor of the Year Nominate Someone

This award recognizes an advisor who went above and beyond during an associate chapters chartering process.

Council of Advisors Member of the Year Nominate Someone

Awarded to the most outstanding member of a chapter’s Council of Advisors. Members and non-members are eligible to win this award.

Excellence in Advising Award

This award recognizes the chapter in each region with the most outstanding volunteer support.

Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Life Advisor Nominate Someone

This award recognizes the most outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Life Advisor in each region.