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

The Fraternity has many exceptional members 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.

Click here to submit a Key and Phi Award Application.

 

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. The award is in the form of a scroll.

Community Service Scroll

Presented annually to those chapters and colonies which exhibit success in the area of community service. To receive this award, the average amount of hours spent on volunteer service, per man, shall exceed 20 hours. The award is 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. The 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.

Monroe Moosnick Scholarship Trophy

This award honors Dr. Monroe Moosnick, Transylvania ’53, 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. The 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 chapter 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.

Paul Newman Award

Presented to recognize those chapters that raise 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. The 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. The award is 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

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.

Community Service Award

Note: This application is due April 1 The criteria is based on outstanding work in philanthropy and community service events that are sponsored by the chapter/colony, projects that are done cooperatively with other organizations, and community service work that is done by individual members. The award is in the form of a scroll.

Harold E. Angelo Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented to those chapters which have shown the greatest improvement compared with their record the previous year, the award honors Harold E. “Hap” Angelo, Mississippi State ’42, former field secretary, national president, Foundation trustee and North-American Interfraternity Council vice president, secretary and treasurer. Chapters must meet Basic Chapter Expectations to be eligible for the Angelo Award. A chapter may not receive the Angelo Award for two consecutive years.

Jason Crawford Award

Note: This application is due April 1. Presented to the chapter with the most impressive and effective internet presence. This includes website and social media. The award honors Jason Crawford, Bradley ’92, a systems and network engineer, and the chairman of the Technology Committee from 1995-2001. The award is 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 / Jack Jareo Award

Note: These applications are due April 1. Two awards recognize outstanding alumni communication programs: The Massock Award is presented to recognize the most outstanding chapter-produced newsletters and alumni programming. 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. 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 alumni-produced newsletters and alumni programming. The award for 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

Outstanding Colony Advisor Award

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

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. The award is 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. The award is 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. The award is in the form of a scroll.

Non-Member

Jack L. Anson Award

Presented in recognition of a non-member for 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 chapter advisors who have served in the role for a minimum of five years. 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.” The 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. The award is in the form of a scroll.

Submit a Key Award Application.

Thomas L. Stennis II Award

Note: This application is due April 1. 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, as well as the Executive Offices staff. This award is in the form of a plaque.

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. The award is 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. The Awards Committee is responsible for preliminary judging with the National Council ratifying the winners. 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. Preliminary judging is done by the Awards Committee, with final ratification by the National Council. 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. 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 in recognition of an undergraduate, who, by his actions, has shown leadership and a true understanding of brotherhood. It memorializes Honored Founder Taylor A. Borradaile, Miami ’06. Candidates must have at least one year of school remaining to be eligible. The award is in the form of a scroll.

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. It memorializes Honored Founder William H. Shideler, Miami ’06. The award is 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. Selection by the Awards Committee is based on program excellence, general leadership traits and recommendations of the chapter president submitting the award, the campus greek advisor and two others. The award is in the form of a scroll. The Fraternity may recognize three recipients per academic year. 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.

Outstanding Greek Advisor

Note: This application is due April 1. Recognizes a greek affairs professional who has gone above and beyond 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.) The award is in the form of a scroll and up to five may be presented in a year.

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