Awards

Awards are given at the Sectional, Regional and National levels.



I) Section 96 Awards

A) Chapter Awards

1) Outstanding Service Program
For the Chapter determined to have the best overall Service program. Awarded to one Chapter at the fall and spring section events (Leadership Development Day in fall, Conclave in Spring). To apply submit your Chapter's top 4 Service projects since the last Conclave/Leadership Development Day which a short description of the project, why your Chapter chose to that event, and why it was one of the best project for your Chapter. Ideally, projects should highlight service in each of the four fields of Service. Pictures are encouraged, either via email attachment or linking to a public source (dropbox,photobucket, facebook, etc). Submissions may be made either via email to: Section.96.chair@apo.org or via GoogleForm: http://goo.gl/forms/Qq2eTTUYDc.

2) Outstanding Rush Program
Awarded to the Chapter determined to have the best overall rush program for the current semester. Awarded to one chapter at the fall and spring section events (Leadership Development Day in fall, Conclave in Spring). To apply, submit short description of rush events, number of potential Pledges/new members at events, number of Pledges/new members recruited, number of active Brothers participating in rush events, and publicity methods used. Pictures of events and/or PR material encouraged either via email attachment or linking to a public source (dropbox, photobucket, facebook, etc). Submissions may be made either via email to: Section.96.chair@apo.org or via GoogleForm:http://goo.gl/forms/0WUvHePk2a.

3) Roadtripper:
Awarded to the Chapter that is most active with APO events outside their home Chapter since last conference/leadership day. Qualifying events include Chapters visiting other Chapters, attendance at section Service, Fellowship, and Leadership days, attendance at section, regional, and national conferences, Membership Academy, and SERVE. Awarded to one Chapter at the fall and spring section events (Leadership Development Day in fall, Conclave in Spring). To apply, submit a short description about each inter-chapter event including how many people from your Chapter attended, what you did, and how it was valuable to your Chapter. Pictures are encouraged either via email attachment or linking to a public source (dropbox, photobucket, facebook, etc). Submissions may be made either via email to: Section.96.chair@apo.org or via GoogleForm: http://goo.gl/forms/5rC0xuo3j5.

B) Individual Awards

1) Leadership Award
Awarded to an active Brother who best exemplifies the cardinal principle of Leadership at the fall and spring section events. Nomination consists of the nominator(s) name(s) & contact info, nominee's name and Chapter, and a paragraph or two about how the nominee exemplifies the cardinal principle of Leadership. Nominations accepted via email to: Section.96.chair@apo.org or via GoogleForm: http://goo.gl/forms/Al4WIDjqYL.

2) Friendship Award
Awarded to an active Brother who best exemplifies the cardinal principal of Fellowship. Awarded to one active Brother at the fall and spring section events. Nomination consists of the nominator(s) name(s) and contact info, nominee's name and Chapter, and a paragraph or two about how the nominee exemplifies the cardinal principle of Fellowship. Submissions may be made either via email to: Section.96.chair@apo.org or via GoogleForm: http://goo.gl/forms/I0NEJ1Xm0U.

3) Service Superstars
Awarded to the two active Brothers with the highest number of service hours in the previous semester. To nominate brothers, a representative from the Chapter (President, Service VP, Membership VP, etc) submits the names of the two Brothers who have the highest service hour total in the chapter. Submissions may be made either via email to: Section.96.chair@apo.org or via GoogleForm: http://goo.gl/forms/Dlr6Xh0n0V.

4) Section 96 Distinguished Service Key (DSK)
The Section 96 Distinguished Service Key is the highest honor awarded to an individual by the Section. The Section 96 Distinguished Service Key is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to Section 96 by having dedicated himself/herself to providing the utmost quality of work to the section through Leadership, Friendship, and Service; serving above and beyond assigned duties and responsibilities; establishing a long standing commitment (two or more years) to the section through a variety of service activities; creating and maintaining relationships with several chapters in the section.

How to Nominate: The Chapters of Section 96 award the Sectional Distinguished Service Key. Thus, nominations must come from an active member of a Chapter or an active member of volunteer staff. Nominations must be received in writing and received by or Section 96 Chair (section.96.chair@apo.org) or the Section 96 Awards Coordinator at least one (1) week prior to the Section 94/96 Conference (Conclave), Section 96 LD Day or any other meeting within the section, or three (3) weeks prior to either the Regional Conference or National Convention for voting to occur. Nominations may also be submitted via an online form on the section website (www.apo96.org), which will go to both the Awards Coordinator and Section Chair. Nomination for the Section 96 Distinguished Service Key should include details about the nominee’s experience within the Fraternity and Section 96, and describe how the nominee demonstrates the above criteria. All email submissions that are received by the deadline will be accepted and late submissions will not be accepted. Submit using this form: Section 96 DSK Nomination Form

Process of Awarding: The Awards Coordinator and/or Section Chair will ensure that a representative of the executive board of each of the Chapters in the section is notified of all valid nominations by email within 48 hours after the nomination deadline passes. A Distinguished Service Key can be awarded at any section business meeting or other meeting of the Chapters where at least half of the Chapters from the section are represented by voting delegates. The motion to honor someone with a Distinguished Service Key requires a simple majority to pass. There is no obligation to award a Distinguished Service Key just because nominations have been received. As many or as few Distinguished Service Keys may be awarded as the delegates feel are deserved.

Past Section 96 DSK Recipients:
Marilyn Mims, 2003
George Kober, 2013
Ellen Kranzer, 2013
Kimberly Usselman, 2015


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II) Region I Awards:
Region I recognizes exceptional Chapters and individual students through a variety of awards. These are awarded annually in the winter at the Regional Conference and National Convention. Nominations are due two weeks prior to the Regional Conference or National Convention. Visit the Awards page on the Region 1 website for more info, or read the descriptions below.

A) Chapter Awards

1) Leadership Award
This is awarded to a Chapter in Region I whose chapter program has exemplified the cardinal principle of Leadership. Nomination form here: http://www.apor1.org/media/Region_1_Leadership_Nomination_Form.pdf.

2) Fellowship Award
This is awarded to a Chapter in Region I whose chapter program has exemplified the cardinal principle of Friendship. Nomination form here: http://www.apor1.org/media/Region_1_Fellowship_Nomination_Form.pdf.

3) Service Award
This is awarded to a Chapter in Region I whose chapter program has exemplified the cardinal principle of Service. Nomination form here: http://www.apor1.org/media/Region_1_Service_Nomination_Form.pdf.

4) Scouting & Youth Service Award
This is awarded to a Chapter in Region I who has shown outstanding involvement with a scouting and/or youth service organization. Nomination form here: http://www.apor1.org/media/Region_1_Scouting&YS_Nomination_Form.pdf.

B) Individual Awards

1) Outstanding Volunteer Staff Member Award
This is awarded to a non-active volunteer who serves the Fraternity by serving either as a member of section volunteer staff and/or regional volunteer staff who has provided exceptional service in their volunteer role. Nomination form here: http://www.apor1.org/media/Region_1_Volunteer_Staff_Nomination_Form.pdf.

2) Robert Hilliard Award of Dedication
This is awarded to a Brother who demonstrates commitment to all three cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service at a Regional or National level, who encourages leadership development, service opportunities and brotherhood bonding in intra-chapter and/or inter-chapter settings through attendance and support of other Chapters' events and inter-chapter activities. Nomination form here: http://www.apor1.org/media/Robert_J._Hilliard_Award_of_Dedication_Nomination_Form.pdf.

3) Region I Distinguished Service Key (DSK).
This Key is awarded to a Brother for exemplifying the cardinal principles of Alpha Phi Omega and unselfishly providing exceptional Service to the Region over a sustained period of time. This DSK hangs on a red ribbon and is engraved with the name of the recipient and the date of the presentation. This is the highest award the Region may present. No recipient of this award may receive it a second time. Nomination form here: http://www.apor1.org/media/Region_1_DSK_Nomination_Form.pdf.


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III) National Awards
The National Fraternity has many awards to recognize chapter accomplishments and individual commitment to the cardinal principles of Alpha Phi Omega. Visit apo.org/awards/apoawards for more information or see the national awards summary on the section site here.