There are three types of award give out each school year: Undergraduate, Chapter, and Alumni. Many are named in honor of the person or chapter that pioneered that part of the organization. We have honored those individuals by naming an award after them. A committee takes into account a large number of factors to select a winner each year. Awards are usually announced at Grand Chapter for the two years worth of recipients since the last Grand chapter.
The awards offered each year are listed below, by category.
If you’d like to nominate a member for an award, please contact Headquarters Staff. staff[at]pks.org.
Neal L. Hospers Outstanding Undergraduate Award is given yearly to the best all-around Phi Kap undergraduate leader. The award is named after past Grand Alpha Neal L. Hospers (UCLA 1945 and Cornell 1948). The criteria used for the award is based upon 50% for campus and community activities, 25% for Fraternity activities and leadership, 25% for scholastic excellence. Each Chapter nominates a member for the award who, in turn, is judged against other men within his region. From the regional nominations one international winner is selected.
Hutchinson Key Scholarship Award is named after Charles Hare Hutchinson (Penn 1850), one of our founders. It is awarded to the member in each undergraduate Chapter who exhibits the greatest academic improvement in his scholastic average in the course of an academic term, provided that his average is higher than the overall men’s average at his institution. The award is presented to the member by his Chapter, in the form of a small gold key.
Chapter Excellence Award is awarded to chapters that have become well-balanced in all areas of Fraternity life. They must score a 100% on Tier 1 of the yearly Mitchell Chapter Standards.
Distinguished Chapter Award is awarded to well-balanced chapters that excel in scholastics, athletics, university and community relations, alumni affairs, and Chapter operations. They must score a 100% on Tier 1, as well as gain points on Tiers 2 and 3 of the yearly Mitchell Chapter Standards.
Carroll K. Simons Outstanding Chapter Award was named on behalf of past Grand Alpha Carroll K. Simons (IIT 1932). This award is given to only the best well-rounded Chapters that establish an excellent record in all Chapter operations. They must score a 100% on Tier 1, as well as gain a significant amount of point on Tiers 2 and 3 of the yearly Mitchell Chapter Standards.
The Founder’s Cup is awarded to only one Chapter who exhibits the best record in overall Chapter Operations over a two year period based on highest cumulative Mitchell Chapter Standards from the two previous years prior to Grand Chapter. In addition, Chapters must have won a Carroll K. Simons Outstanding Chapter Award or a Distinguished Chapter Award in each of the two previous years prior to Grand Chapter to be eligible.
The J. Orvis Keller Scholarship Award is awarded to the Chapter that achieves the highest scholastic average of all the Chapters in the fraternity.
The Arthur M. Jens Scholarship Award is awarded to the Chapter which attained the greatest academic improvement over the preceding year. Therefore, the Chapters must document their last two complete academic years.
Dr. Ghery D. Pettit Scholarship Award is awarded to any Chapter of the Fraternity that achieves the highest scholastic rank among fraternities at its host institution, for either an academic term or year. Certification is required.
Community Service Award is given to those Chapters who perform above the minimum requirement of 16 community hours per man, and at least one of the Chapter’s projects must be an ongoing, year-long project. Chapters should strive to at least sponsor one event with our Fraternity’s philanthropy, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Philanthropy Award is given to those Chapters who excel in their philanthropic activities. The Chapters who obtain the most donated/raised amount of money through philanthropic events. At least one of the Chapter’s projects must be a fundraiser for our Fraternity’s philanthropy, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Chapter Newsletter Award is given to the Chapters whose publications are judged to be superior by the MCS Awards Committee. The Criteria includes layout, design, and quality of content.
Hart Newsletter Award is given to the Chapter or Undergraduate that writes the best article printed in the Fraternity’s newsletter, the Maltese Cross.
Alpha Omega Song Award is awarded to the Chapter that submits a recording, lyrics, and music of the best new Phi Kap song. This award was presented to the Fraternity by the Alpha Omega Chapter (British Columbia)
Recruitment Excellence is given to the Chapter that is recognized for the highest retention rate, the highest percentage of chapter membership growth for an academic year, and largest number of initiates for an academic year.
Chapter Website Award is given to the Chapter who has a website with an innovative, creative, user-friendly interface, appropriate and current content, and that is easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Alumnus of the Year is given annually to the Phi Kap alumnus who, by means of outstanding personal achievement, brings recognition to the Fraternity
Dr. J. Karlem Riess Volunteer of the Year Award, given in honor of Brother Riess, who lived his whole like through his Fraternity experience and strived always to pass that experience on to others. His legacy will live through the hearts of all out members who continue to live through their Fraternity experience. The criteria for this award mirrors Brother Riess’ passion to share the wisdom he imparted to us and by striving to similarly dedicate our lives in serve to others.
Phi Kappa Sigma Lifetime Contribution Award is given at the discretion of the Executive Committee of Phi Kappa Sigma to members who have truly dedicated their entire lives to the betterment of the Fraternity.