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Grand Sage Cup Award

Application Form

The Grand Sage’s Award originally recognized the most improved chapter during the biennium. At the 1972 Convocation, the delegates voted to change the criteria to recognize the best overall chapter. In 1992, it was decided that a chapter in each tier (small, medium and large) should receive a Grand Sage’s Award. In 2006, the tier structure was revamped to expand the award to the top four chapters. The tiers – each named after a Founding Father – were created based upon the number of similar social fraternities at the respective host institutions; the George Martin Patterson Tier designed for campuses with 1-5 fraternities, the James Thompson Kingsburg Tier for those with 6-9 fraternities, the William Raper Kennedy Tier with 10-19, and the Rolin Rosco James Tier with 20 and above.

Individual Awards

Cletus A. Broecker Award

All undergraduate members of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to be nominated for consideration. This individual award is presented in recognition of the undergraduate whose efforts have provided the greatest contribution to a philanthropy and/or community service project sponsored by the chapter or another organization during the last biennium. Members can be nominated by the chapter, alumni volunteers or an alumni club. 

Justice Curtis Shake Province Archon Award

All duly appointed Province Archons of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to be nominated for consideration. This individual award is presented in recognition of a Province Archon who excelled in their position during the last biennium. Members can be nominated by a chapter, alumni volunteer or an alumni club. 

Harold Jacobsen Award

All undergraduate members of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to be nominated for consideration. This individual award is presented in recognition of the outstanding leadership an undergraduate brother provides on campus at his college or university during the last biennium. Members can be nominated by the chapter, alumni volunteers or an alumni club. 

Lyle Smith Chapter Advisor Award

All duly appointed Chapter Advisors of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to be nominated for consideration. This individual award is presented in recognition of the outstanding Chapter Advisor during the last biennium. Members can be nominated by the chapter, alumni volunteers or an alumni club. 

Michael P. Carey Award

All undergraduate members of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to be nominated for consideration. This individual award is presented in recognition of the outstanding leadership of an undergraduate brother within the chapter during the last biennium. Members can be nominated by the chapter, alumni volunteers or an alumni club. 

Dr. Robert L. Burns Award Faculty Advisor Award

The Dr. Robert L. Burns Award Faculty Advisor Award award is for dedication and service to Sigma Pi Fraternity and is awarded to the Faculty Advisor who has best performed their responsibilities during the biennium. Any Faculty Advisor (member of Sigma Pi or non member), who shall have served for two consecutive academic years including the year for which the award is presented is eligible. The Faculty Advisor may be nominated by the undergraduate chapter he/she serves, by the Chapter Advisor, Province Archon or university official. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. A supporting statement not to exceed two pages in length and speaking to the below criteria must accompany the nomination. 

Outstanding Campus Employee Award

The Outstanding Campus Employee Award award is for dedication and service to Sigma Pi Fraternity and is awarded to the campus employee who has best performed their responsibilities during the biennium. Any campus employee that has aided the chapter to be successful within the years for which the award is presented is eligible. The Campus Employee may be nominated by the undergraduate chapter they work with, by the Chapter Advisor, Province Archon, or a university official. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. A supporting statement not to exceed two pages in length and speaking to the below criteria must accompany the nomination.

Guy “Red” Mackey Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

All undergraduate members of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to be nominated for consideration. This individual award is presented in recognition of a brother who has made outstanding contributions in the field of athletics.

Young Professional and Young Alumni Volunteer Awards

Young Alumni Volunteer Award

The Sigma Pi Young Alumni Volunteer Award may be awarded to a Sigma Pi alumnus who, over the course of a Biennium, has demonstrated outstanding service as a volunteer to Grand Chapter, Sigma Pi Chapter, Colony Alumni Club, or their university’s Fraternity & Sorority Life system. Eligible nominees must be between the ages of 22 and 35 years old by July 1st of the Biennium Convocation year; and must be a Sigma Pi Alumnus in good standing with the Grand Chapter, as well as having earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree by July 1st of the Biennium Convocation year. Nominations may be made to the Sigma Pi Alumni Services Department by June 20th of the Biennium Convocation year and must include a 250-word essay describing how the nominee has met the requirements of this award and demonstrated the values and ideals of Sigma Pi as a volunteer. Province Archon’s & Colony/Chapter Advisors who are recognized by the Executive Office are ineligible for this award.

Young Professional Achievement Award

The Sigma Pi Young Professional Achievement Award may be awarded to a Sigma Pi alumnus who, over the course of a Biennium, has earned a level of outstanding achievement in their career and/or public service to their community regardless of their contribution or involvement with the Sigma Pi Fraternity or a Sigma Pi Chapter, Colony or Alumni Club. Eligible nominees must be between the ages of 22 and 35 years old by July 1st of the Biennium Convocation year and must be a Sigma Pi Alumnus in good standing with the Grand Chapter; as well as having earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree by June 20th of the Biennium Convocation year. 

Group Awards

Most Improved Chapter Award Application

Given annually to the chapter that has made the biggest improvement in the past year.

Outstanding Alumni Club Award

Given biennially to the Alumni Club that goes above and beyond with engaging alumni for their area.

Byron R. Lewis Academic Award

All undergraduate chapters of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to submit an application for consideration. The Byron R. Lewis Academic Award recognizes the chapter that has maintained the best chapter grade point average over the course of the biennium. Please upload a document (PDF, DOC, DOCX, etc.) that contains chapter GPA information starting in the fall semester. Include the chapter’s grade point average, the all-men’s average for the campus, the all-fraternity average for the campus, and the chapter’s rank compared to other fraternities on campus. 

Louis Foley Newsletter Award (Alumni)

All alumni organizations of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to submit an application for consideration. This award is presented annually to the alumni organization that has published the most outstanding alumni newsletter during the academic year. Winning selections are chosen based upon editorial excellence (subject matter and composition), pictorial excellence (subject matter and reproduction), alumni coverage (news about alumni and news of interest to alumni),typographic appearance (format and make-up,readability, and organization), and frequency of issue. The term of competition shall include the last two academic years which make up the biennium. All applications must include a copy of the newsletters that were published during the year for which the alumni organization is applying. 

Louis Foley Newsletter Award (Undergraduate)

All alumni organizations of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to submit an application for consideration. This award is presented annually to the alumni organization that has published the most outstanding alumni newsletter during the academic year. Winning selections are chosen based upon editorial excellence (subject matter and composition), pictorial excellence (subject matter and reproduction), alumni coverage (news about alumni and news of interest to alumni),typographic appearance (format and make-up,readability, and organization), and frequency of issue. The term of competition shall include the last two academic years which make up the biennium. All applications must include a copy of the newsletters that were published during the year for which the alumni organization is applying. 

William J. Cutbirth, Jr. Award – Philanthropy

All undergraduate chapters of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to submit an application for consideration. This award recognizes the chapter with the best overall philanthropic program. This includes charitable acts or other good works that benefit your campus or community. The term of the award shall include a project that was undertaken during the most recent biennium.

William J. Cutbirth, Jr. Award – Community Service

All undergraduate chapters of Sigma Pi Fraternity are eligible to submit an application for consideration. This award recognizes the chapter with the best overall community service program. This includes volunary work that is intended to help people in your community. The term of the award shall include a project that was undertaken during the most recent biennium.

Founders’ Award

Since 1962, the Fraternity has recognized several of its most outstanding alumni brothers through the presentation of the Founders’ Award at Convocation. This award is the highest and most prestigious form of recognition which the Fraternity bestows upon an individual brother.Before each Convocation, the Grand Council selects the recipients based upon outstanding contributions or exceptional service in business, a profession, education or humanitarianism, including service to Sigma Pi or the fraternity system as a whole. As many as six awards may be given out at any Convocation.

Often, there are great deeds and men of tremendous character that the Grand Chapter is not aware of. In order to ensure we are recognizing our strongest contributors, we invite you to nominate a Sigma Pi member for the Founders’ Award.

The Awards and Recognition Committee, appointed by the Grand Council, has developed a formal application process to nominate alumni brothers that you feel are worthy of our highest individual award, The Founders’ Award.

In order for the nominee to be considered for this award, the following nomination application must be completed as thoroughly as possible by the nominator. By providing the background information requested, it provides the committee members with a very clear understanding of the nominees’ qualifications, while leveling the playing field for all those being considered. Although you might know the nominee, many on the committee may have little or no knowledge of them or their qualifications. Per bylaw 3, section 4, this award is open to alumni recipients only.

The task of the committee will be to review and recommend the slate of qualified nominees to the Grand Council, who will then make the final decision on the recipients.

We thank you for taking the time to ensure that we are recognizing our most valuable members and look forward to reviewing your suggestion. It is very important that we take advantage of every opportunity to do so.

The timetable for nominations is as follows:

The deadline for the nominations closed on October 1st, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST.

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