The Fraternity has many exceptional members who display the true meaning of Phi, Kappa and Tau.

The Fraternity has many exceptional members and chapters/colonies who display the true meaning of Phi, Kappa and Tau and it is because of these efforts that the Fraternity continues to grow not only in numbers but in strength. From this, the Awards Committee has designated more than 30 different awards to recognize our greatest achievements. If you wish to nominate another person for an award, please put “their name nominated by your name.” For example, “Todd Smith nominated by John Franklin.”

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Award Categories

Resident Council Awards (No Application Required)

Academic Excellence Award

Presented annually to those chapters and colonies which exhibit an outstanding record of academic achievement. To receive this award, the GPA of the chapter or colony must be .1 above the campus all-men’s average and/or have a cumulative GPA above a 3.0. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Frederick R. Fletemeyer Prize

Named for F.R. Fletemeyer, Illinois ’16, this award is presented to the Fraternity’s outstanding colony each year. This award is in the form of a plaque.

Maxwell Scroll

A scroll is given to the chapters that meet Maxwell expectations on the Borradaile Challenge. The Maxwell Scroll is awarded to recognize those chapters that meet the highest expectations on a number of criteria. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Monroe Moosnick Scholarship Trophy

This award honors Dr. Monroe Moosnick, Transylvania ’53, a former national education director and long-time chapter advisor and member of the Board of Governors at Theta chapter. This award is presented to the chapter that has the highest cumulative GPA as determined from the chapter scholarship report. This award comes in the form of a traveling trophy and plaque for the chapter to keep.

Order of The Star Scroll

A scroll is given to the chapters who meet Order of the Star expectations on the Borradaile Challenge. The Order of the Star Scroll is awarded to recognize those chapters that exceed basic expectations on a number of criteria. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Paul Newman Award

Presented to recognize the chapter that raises the highest dollar amount to benefit the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Named in honor of Hole in the Wall Camps (now SeriousFun) founder Paul Newman, Ohio ’43. This award is in the form of a plaque.

Philanthropy Scroll

Presented annually to those chapters and colonies that exhibit success in the area of philanthropy. To receive this award, the chapter’s philanthropy contributions must exceed $2,000. This award is in the form of a scroll.

Excellence in Community Service

Presented the chapter or colony which exhibits success in the area of community service. This award is given to the chapter or colony with the highest community service hours per man from the previous year. This award is given in the form of a scroll.

Sonny Strange Recruitment Award

The top award for recruitment and retention goes to the chapter that initiated the most brothers, and maintained more than 75 percent retention. The award is named for Sonny Strange, Auburn ’70, who served as Phi Kappa Tau national president from 1989-93. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Resident Council Awards (Application Required)

Board of Governors Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Recognizes those Boards of Governors that have made outstanding contributions to the Resident Council. This award can be used by the undergraduate officers to thank the Board of Governors that have made the chapter more effective. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.


Roland Maxwell Outstanding Chapter Trophy

Note: Applications are due April 1. The Roland Maxwell Trophy is the highest chapter honor that the Fraternity grants. The winning chapter will be awarded the traveling trophy. The Maxwell applicants will be reviewed by their ability to meet Maxwell expectations and/or at the discretion of the Awards Committee. Maxwell finalists will be invited to make a presentation at National Convention or Conclave. The best chapter will have the distinction of being the Maxwell Trophy recipient. All other applicants that meet the criteria will receive a Maxwell Scroll. The trophy memorializes Roland Maxwell, Southern California ’22, who was national president from 1934-59, former North-American Interfraternity Council chairman (president) and winner of the NIC Gold Medal for Distinguished Service.


Richard Massock Award

Note: These applications are due April 1. The Massock Award is presented to recognize the most outstanding chapter-hosted alumni event from the previous calendar year. The award honors Richard G. Massock, Illinois ’17, former Associated Press correspondent and bureau chief, who served as editor of Sidelights, forerunner of The Laurel. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.


Jack Jareo Award

Note: These applications are due April 1. The Jareo Award is named in honor of former The Laurel editor and communication professional Jack Jareo, Illinois ’26. This award is presented in recognition of the most outstanding chapter-produced newsletter(s) and overall alumni communications. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.


Best New Associate Class Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented to a chapter or colony’s entire Associate class who joined Phi Kappa Tau during the previous calendar year. This class would have already contributed to the chapter or colony’s success since joining the Fraternity. For an Associate class to be eligible, they must have an association date from the previous calendar year. This award is in the form of a scroll.


Individual Awards (No Application Required)

Presidential Citation

A special award in the form of a scroll, presented at the discretion of the national president.

Alumni

Thomas L. Stennis II Award

Named for former Domain Director and National President Thomas L. Stennis II, Mississippi State ’58, is presented to one Domain Director for the most outstanding domain program. Nominations may be made by the chapters, Boards of Governors to the Executive Offices staff. This award is in the form of a plaque.

Outstanding Colony Advisor Award

Presented annually to outstanding colony advisors and recognizes outstanding contributions to a colony. This award is in the form of a scroll.

Palm Award

Presented in recognition of outstanding service to the national organization and is the Fraternity’s highest recognition of an alumnus.

Taylor A. Borradaile Alumnus Award

A Graduate Council member or members of the National Council may submit nominations (in the form of a letter to the chief executive officer) for this award, which recognizes up to three alumni for outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Undergraduate

Greg Hollen Colony President Award

Presented in recognition of a colony president for general administrative excellence and is named in honor of Greg Hollen, Maryland ’75, past National President. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

John F. Cosgrove Spirit and Leadership Award

An award, established by John F. Cosgrove, Florida ’68, to recognize the man (or men) who best demonstrates the spirit of Leadership Academy. It is only given at the Leadership Academy sessions. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Non-Member

Jack L. Anson Award

Presented in recognition of a non-member for their lifelong contribution to interfraternal spirit. This award is in the form of a scroll.

Individual Awards (Application Required)

Alumni

Dr. Edgar Ewing Brandon Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented in recognition of outstanding advisors who have served in the role for a minimum of two years. Any person that is listed with the Executive Offices in an advisory role with the chapter is eligible (ex. scholarship advisor, finance advisor, etc.). The award is in the form of a scroll and up to five may be presented in a year. This award is named for Dr. Edgar Ewing Brandon, Miami ’06, the Fraternity’s first chapter advisor, known as the “Architect of Phi Kappa Tau.” This award is in the form of a scroll and up to five may be presented in a year. Past recipients are not eligible for nomination.


Key Award

Note: This application has no due date. Presented by the Fraternity in recognition of outstanding service by an alumnus to a chapter other than his own. The alumnus must have served the chapter for a minimum of three years. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Submit a Key Award Application.

Phi Award

Note: This application has no due date. Presented by the Fraternity to an alumnus for outstanding service to his own chapter. The alumnus must have served the chapter for a minimum of three years. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.

Submit a Phi Award Application.

Undergraduate

Clinton D. Boyd VPAR Award

Note: This application is due April 1. This award is presented to the individual who, as vice president for alumni relations, develops and implements the best alumni relations program for his chapter. Judging is on a calendar-year basis, as officers are elected between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15, according to the Constitution. The award memorializes Honored Founder Clinton D. Boyd, Miami ’06. This award is in the form of a scroll.


Dwight I. Douglass President Award

Note: This application is due April 1. This award recognizes a chapter president for general administrative excellence and memorializes Honored Founder Dwight I. Douglass, Miami ’06. Judging is on a calendar basis, as officers are elected between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15. This award is in the form of a scroll.


Jack L. Anson Undergraduate Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented in recognition of an undergraduate member for outstanding interfraternal service to his Greek community. The award memorializes Jack L. Anson, Colgate ’47, who joined the Fraternity’s professional staff in 1948 and began an unprecedented 22-year career with Phi Kappa Tau as field secretary, assistant national secretary and then executive director. During this period, he also served as editor of The Laurel. In late 1970, he was named the first executive director of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. At his death in 1990, he was serving on the Fraternity’s National Council, had been named president-elect and was writing the 20th edition of Baird’s Manual of American College Fraternities.


Taylor A. Borradaile Undergraduate Memorial Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented to any undergraduate member (does not have to be an officer) during the previous calendar year who contributed to the chapter’s overall success, led by example and demonstrated a true understanding of brotherhood. This award is given in the form of a scroll.


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William H. Shideler Award

Note: This application is due April 1. The Fraternity’s highest undergraduate honor, presented annually to the most outstanding graduating senior in Phi Kappa Tau who graduated in the December or May prior to receiving this award during the annual summer gathering (National Convention or Conclave). It memorializes Honored Founder William H. Shideler, Miami ’06. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.


Best New Associate Award

Note: This application is due April 1. This award recognizes a member who joined Phi Kappa Tau during the previous calendar year who has already demonstrated individual success and has helped with the overall chapter or colony success since joining the Fraternity. The member applying should have an Association date during the previous calendar year. This award is presented in the form of a scroll.


Non-Member

William D. Jenkins Interfraternity Excellence Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented in recognition of a non-member, undergraduate student for contributions to the Greek community. The award is named in honor of William D. Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57. Jenkins has served Phi Kappa Tau as a leadership consultant, executive director, executive vice president of the Foundation and Centennial coordinator. He is also one of two members of Phi Kappa Tau to serve the North-American Interfraternity Conference as president. “Mr. Bill,” as he is known, has also been awarded the Jack Anson Award from Association of Fraternity Advisors and the Distinguished Service Award from Fraternity Executives Association. The Fraternity may recognize three recipients per academic year. This award is in the form of a scroll.


Outstanding Greek Advisor

Note: This application is due April 1. Recognizes a Fraternity/Sorority Life affairs professional who has gone above and beyond in his/her duties to develop a strong Greek community on a college/university campus where there is a Phi Kappa Tau chapter/colony. This is an opportunity for chapters/colonies to recognize outstanding contributions made by those individuals who work with our groups on a daily basis. The award is in the form of a scroll.


Outstanding Advisor to a Chapter Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented in recognition of an outstanding advisors to chapters who have served a minimum of two years. Any person that is listed with the Executive Offices in an advisory role with the chapter is eligible (ex. scholarship advisor, finance advisor, etc.). This award is in the form of a scroll and up to five may be presented in a year. Past recipients are not eligible for nomination.


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For more information about Phi Kappa Tau’s Awards Program, call (800) PKT-1906 or contact your Success Manager.