Awards

Fraternity and Sorority Life Leadership Awards

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Leadership Awards annually recognize individuals and organizations for their accomplishments during the calendar previous year. Organization awards are based on the self-assessments each organization submits each semester based on the Standards of Excellence, and recognition is given for achievement and excellence in each category. There are additional applications for organization and programming recognition. Video submissions are required for the highest-level organization awards, and supplemental interviews are needed for finalists of the highest-level individual awards. Award applications will open in October and are due in November. The ceremony is held each January to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the previous year.

2021 Council President Cup Winners

If you have any questions about the awards ceremony or individual/organization awards, please contact LaShatá Grayon, Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life (lashata.grayson@indstate.edu). Questions about the Standards of Excellence and it's evaluation and recognition process may be directed towards Kristen Kardas, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life (kristen.kardas@indstate.edu).

Standards of Excellence

To access the Fall 2022 Standards of Excellence self-assessment on TreeHouse, click here. Organizations submit a Spring semester self-assessment by May and receive a Spring performance evaluation during the summer months. Organizations will receive their Fall performance evaluation after the January awards ceremony. Organizations receive an "Achievement" or "Excellence" certificate recognition for each of the nine Standards of Excellence categories during the January awards ceremony. For full awards consideration, the Fall 2022 self-assessment must be submitted by November 15 at midnight.

Organization Award Descriptions and Application Links:

Organization award applications opened on October 1, and nominations or self-nominations must be submitted by November 10 at midnight. Applications will be sent to judges outside of the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff for review, and in some cases require a video presentation/submission for full consideration. Please note that each application is a separate form, hyperlinked below in the descriptions:

  • Outstanding Academic Programming Award: Presented to the organization that is able to best demonstrate how they have promoted academic growth among its members through programs, events, and initiatives during the past calendar year.
  • Outstanding Community Service Award: Presented to the organization that is able to best demonstrate how service is an ongoing commitment for its members through programs, events, and initiatives during the past calendar year.
  • Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Programming Award: Presented to the organization that is able to best demonstrate an appreciation and ongoing commitment to programs, events, and initiatives regarding diversity, inclusion, and belonging during the past calendar year.
  • Outstanding Mental Health and Wellness Programming Award: Presented to the organization that is able to best demonstrate an appreciation and ongoing commitment to programs, events, and initiatives regarding mental health and wellness during the past calendar year.
  • Most Improved Organization: Based on a video submission, this award is presented to one organization in each council that best exemplifies how they have been able to improve and challenge the status quo. 
  • President's Cup: Based on a video submission, this award is the top honor presented to one organization in each council that best exemplifies their values and how they model the way for others in the FSL community.

Individual Award Descriptions and Application Links:

Individual applications opened on October 1, and nominations or self-nominations must be submitted by November 10 at midnight. Click here to access the individual award application (note, only one award may be selected for each submission). Applications will be sent to external judges for review, and in some cases may require an interview for full consideration. Scholarships also require a submission in The Branch in order to receive the financial award. Please note that the "Advisor of the Year" award has separate application forms, hyperlinked below in the description.

  • Helen E. Reeve Scholarship Awardscholarship given to a sophomore Panhellenic member (may be freshman at time of application) who has contributed to sorority life on campus, who has financial need, and who has shown scholastic achievement.
  • Douglas Kartje Award: presented to an outstanding spring semester male-identified new member in memory of Doug Kartje by his friends and family.
  • Robert Amos Scholarship Award: scholarship given to and outstanding fall male-identified new member with demonstrated financial need who exhibits academic involvement, is involved in many activities, and performs community service.
  • Emma Truitt Memorial Scholarship Award: scholarship given to an outstanding upperclass ranked Panhellenic member who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and has made a significant contribution as a student leader.
  • Mark H. Williams Scholarship Awardscholarship given to an outstanding junior fraternity member (may be sophomore at time of application) who exhibits leadership contributions and scholarship excellence through involvement in fraternity, campus, and community activities while maintaining strong scholarship records.
  • New Member / Neo of the Year Award: presented to an individual who joined their organization in the past calendar year who has demonstrated a strong sense of fraternal values and leadership within their organization.
  • Sycamore Spirit Award: given to an individual in each council who demonstrates personal growth, leadership development, campus pride, and support for their organization and the FSL community.
  • Community Builder Award: given to an individual in each council who has an understanding of the power of community, has demonstrated fellowship within the FSL community, and has made efforts to support those principles.
  • Professional Development Award: given to an individual in each council to someone who has taken steps both within the FSL community and in other learning environments to develop skills and competencies that will benefit every aspect of their future.
  • President of the Year: selected by members of the FSL staff and given to an outstanding organization president in each council who lives the FSL values throughout their term of office.
  • Member of the Year Award: presented to one individual in each council based on quality of leadership within their organization, contribution to FSL, involvement in campus activities, scholarship, career achievement, and general excellence in a variety of endeavors. Finalists will participate in an interview process.
  • Legacy Medal of Distinction: the top honor awarded to an individual member, it is given to an outstanding senior in each council who has blazed the trail for others on campus to follow through living the mission and values of FSL. Finalists will participate in an interview process.
  • Advisor of the Year: given to an advisor in each council who showcases their engagement and mentoring of members in developing service, leadership, new member education, and scholastic achievement.

FSL Awards 2021

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