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The Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards program is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the impact of our chapters here at the University of Kentucky! The intention of the awards is to celebrate both the operational excellence of our chapters, as well as the outstanding membership experience being provided. Click on the drop-downs below to learn more about the different awards.  

 

More information about the 2023 FSL Awards will be posted soon.  

Individual Awards

Chapter Advisor of the Year

Purpose: The Chapter Advisor of the Year award seeks to recognize a chapter advisor who exemplifies the mission, values, and purpose of their organization, contributes significantly to the success of the local chapter, and demonstrates superb mentorship for members of the chapter. 

Definition: Chapter Advisors who are eligible for this award are any member of a chapter advisory or house corporation board. There is no requirement for length of years involved with the chapter or position on either board. 

Application Materials: 

  • Appointment letter from the inter/national organization 

  • Outline of responsibilities of the advisor position 

  • 1 one page, single spaced letter of recommendation from chapter president 

  • 1 one page, single spaced letter of recommendation from a fellow advisor (or other officer if chapter only has one advisor) 

  • 1 one page, single spaced letter of recommendation from a new or general member of the chapter 

  • Resume must be included with information about current involvement in the chapter and inter/national organization and professional roles. 

House Director of the Year

Purpose: The House Director of the Year award seeks to recognize the impact and contribution of a fraternity or sorority House Director on the chapter that they serve. 

Definition: Any house director of houses recognized by both the university and inter/national organization will be considered, including university employed house directors.  

Application Materials: 

  • Appointment letter from the house corporation and/or university 

  • Outline of responsibilities of the position 

  • 1 one page, single spaced letter of support from the chapter focusing on the house director’s involvement with the chapter, as well as any in-chapter programming provided to members by the house director. 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced testimonials from in house members illustrating the impact of the house director 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced testimonials from out of house members regarding the accessibility and care of the house director. 

Outstanding Professor Award

Purpose: The Outstanding Professor award seeks to recognize a member of the University of Kentucky faculty who has made outstanding contributions to the growth and development of UK students, and in particular fraternity and sorority members. 

Definition: Any University of Kentucky faculty member will be considered for this award. Teaching Assistants will not be eligible.  

Application Materials: 

  • One page, single spaced letter of recommendation from the education/scholarship chair (or other appropriate chapter officer) 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced member testimonials of the professor's impact 

  • Resume/CV of the faculty member that highlights their contributions and accomplishments. 

Fraternity Man and Sorority Woman of the Year

Purpose: The Fraternity Man and Sorority Woman of the Year recognition awards seek to highlight the outstanding contributions of one man and one woman in the University of Kentucky community. These students exemplify the mission, values and purpose of their own organization and have made a significant impact in the fraternity and sorority community overall. 

Definition: Any active member of the fraternity and sorority community who is in good standing with their respective organization is eligible for the award. Preference will be given to graduating seniors. 

Application Materials: 

  • One page, single spaced letter of support from the advisor 

  • One page, single spaced letter of support from a faculty/staff member 

  • One page single spaced letter of support from an additional advisor of another on campus organization 

  • Resume  

  • Two page, single spaced personal essay of your personal values and how being a member of the chapter as affected those values and personal development. 

Alumni Hall of Fame

Purpose: The Alumni Hall of Fame seeks to recognize alumni members of the fraternity and sorority community who exemplify life-long membership and have made outstanding contributions to their chapter, inter/national organization, and the community. 

Definition: Any alumnus/alumna of the University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority community is eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame. Candidates must have graduated no later than 2011 prior to nomination to the Hall of Fame. Click for a list of past inductees

Application Materials: 

  • 1 one page, single spaced letter of support from a member of the chapter advisory team  

  • 1 two page, single spaced letter of support from the chapter 

  • Resume/CV of nominee 

Event Awards

Outstanding Service Event

Purpose: The Outstanding Service award seeks to recognize chapters who have conducted a program in the University of Kentucky and/or Lexington, Kentucky community that demonstrates a commitment to generosity and personal engagement with others. 

Definition: Service Events that will be considered for this award include any project organized by the chapter that provides direct interaction of members with an agency, community, or service that needs assistance through the time and talent of members. Philanthropic events will not be considered. Programs that are results of judicial sanctions (either from the University or inter/national organization) will not be eligible. 

Application Materials: 

  • Detailed out line of service event, including individual responsibilities  

  • Letter from the agency benefiting from the service 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced member testimonials of experience 

  • Two page, single spaced essay illustrating how the experience was mutually beneficial for the chapter and the agency (i.e. what did the agency gain and how did the members benefit individually, as well as the chapter as a whole). 

Outstanding Educational Program

Purpose: The Outstanding Educational award seeks to recognize chapters for a single educational program that provided members and/or the community with important information through an innovative, engaging, and interactive format. 

Definition: Educational programs that will be considered for this award are any program organized and presented by the chapter for members, other fraternities and sororities, the university, or the Lexington community. Co-sponsored events will be considered as long as there is clear evidence of the chapter’s involvement in planning and presentation. Programs that are results of judicial sanctions (either from the University or inter/national organization) will not be eligible. 

Application Materials: 

  • Detailed outline of educational event 

  • Two page, single spaced essay illustrating the need for the educational program and how the chapter benefited (i.e. what was the purpose of the program) 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced member and/or participant testimonials of experience, and a letter from campus partner/program who presented (if applicable).  

Outstanding Philanthropy Event

Purpose: The Outstanding Philanthropy Event award seeks to recognize chapters who hosted an event in the University of Kentucky and/or Lexington, Kentucky community that collected funds and/or goods to support a charity, program, or agency. 

Definition: Philanthropy Events that will be considered are any event organized and conducted by the organization as a means to raise funds and/or goods for a philanthropic effort. Co-sponsored organizations will be considered as long as there is clear evidence of the chapter’s participation in the program. Programs that are results of judicial sanctions (either from the University or inter/national organization) will not be eligible. 

Application Materials: 

  • Detailed out line of philanthropy event, including how money was collected 

  • Letter from the agency benefiting from the donation 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced member testimonials of how the cause and experience influenced individuals' drives to serve 

  • Two page, single spaced essay outlining chapter's purpose for supporting the cause (i.e. what is the drive to raise money for the agency and how are the members and the agency benefiting from the partnership). 

Chapter Awards

Outstanding Membership Development

Purpose: The Outstanding Membership Development award seeks to recognize chapters who are engaged in the mission of building better men and women through their involvement with their organization at all ages and stages of membership. 

Definition: Membership Development includes personal and professional development such as career readiness and networking, communication skills, diversity and inclusion, and personal values and leadership. 

Application Materials: 

  • Outline membership education plans, ranging from new member education, current member education, and senior member education 

  • Two page, single spaced essay outlining how the member development program integrates and achieves the goals of the inter/national organization 

  • Documentation from educational programs completed 

  • 1 to 3 one page, single spaced member testimonials demonstrating what they learned throughout member education 

Outstanding Member Wellness

Purpose: The Outstanding Member Wellness award seeks to recognize chapters who provide well-rounded and engaging education for members to improve their personal physical, emotional, and mental wellness as a part of a larger community of care. 

Definition: Member Wellness includes a holistic approach to personal wellness including traditional risk management areas, stress management, and building healthy relationships. 

Application Materials: 

  • Two page, single spaced essay outlining how member wellness is a priority for the chapter and how it is implemented (i.e. what does member wellness look like within the chapter and how are members being developed as well rounded individuals) 

  • Documentation from programs completed 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced member testimonials demonstrating how they have benefited holistically from chapter efforts 

  • Written risk management plan  

Outstanding Chapter Growth

Purpose: The Outstanding Growth award seeks to recognize chapters who demonstrate excellence in the recruitment, education, and retention of members to promote growth and stability of their organization at the University of Kentucky. 

Definition: Chapter Growth includes the recruitment and/or intake efforts of an organization, as well as the retention and engagement of members throughout their career at the institution. 

Application Materials: 

  • Two page, single spaced essay outlining what growth means for the chapter (i.e. what growth looks like and how it benefits the chapter) 

  • Outline of chapter education for recruitment/intake events 

  • Calendar of recruitment/intake events, including workshops and education sessions for current members 

  • Outline of chapter retention plan (should include new members and current) 

  • 1-3 member testimonials of recruitment experience 

Outstanding Academic Excellence

Purpose: The Outstanding Academic Excellence award seeks to recognize chapters who promote life-long learning, commitment to scholastic excellence, and engagement with the academic mission of the University of Kentucky. 

Definition: Academic excellence includes academic performance of the membership, supportive and accountability measures implemented by the chapter to promote academic performance, and the work of the chapter done to engage faculty and other university partners. 

Application Materials: 

  • Two page, single spaced essay illustrating how the chapter ensures academics are a priority for the members (i.e. what is the purpose of all programs being implemented, such as study hours, incentive programs, and accountability measures) 

  • Scholarship program outline 

  • 1-3 pages, single spaced member testimonials of academic support from the chapter 

Dean’s Cup

The Dean's Cup is given to one chapter in each council by their respective council advisor. This award is designed to highlight an organization who has made significant improvement from the previous year, outstanding contribution to the community, and/or exemplified the values and principles of that organization in an extraordinary way. Chapters wishing to apply for this award should submit an essay describing how the chapter is fulfilling the values of the inter/national organization as well as describing what the chapter has done to achieve the purpose of the organization.