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National Awards

The National Fraternity has many awards to recognize chapter accomplishments and individual commitment to the cardinal principles of Alpha Phi Omega. Visit for more info or see the national awards summary on the section site below.

Chapter National Awards
The Chapter of Excellence (COE) and Pledge Program of Excellence (PPOE) awards recognized those chapters whose programs of Leadership, Friendship, and Service promote growth, retention, and stability for the active chapter, while providing a positive, inviting, and educational environment for prospective and new members. These awards are also designed to promote better communication between chapter, sectional, regional, and national leadership through regular and timely reporting of chapter activities. Both COE & PPOE applications are due annually on July 31.

The H. Roe Bartle Award is a certificate awarded to chapters which achieve and maintain high standards of effectiveness in all aspects of their program and operations. Chapters self-nominate for this award based on evaluation of chapter performance, programming, and growth during the previous year. It is due annually on November 15.

The Youth Service Grant program provides funds for Alpha Phi Omega chapters that are seeking financial assistance for Spring Youth Service Day projects. Chapters submit applications and project ideas and budgets for review and are then selected based on project impact.  The Youth Service Grant application is due annually on February 1. Restrictions on number of consecutive grant awards apply. More information here.

The Dean Arno Nowotny National Service Award is presented every two years at the National Convention to the chapter with the best overall, most well-balance service program. Award application here.

The M.R. Disborough National Service to Scouting Award recognizes the chapter with an exceptional service program to the Scouting Movement. Award application here.

The Earle M. Herbert National Friendship Award is presented every two years at the National Convention to the chapter which has the best overall membership program. The criteria for the award will include training activities, as well as fellowship activities, conducted by the chapter for pledge and active members. Award application here.

The Josiah Frank National Historian Award is presented every two years at the National Convention to the chapter compiling and maintaining the best chapter history which records and perpetuates the principles and traditions of Alpha Phi Omega. Award application here.

The Howard R. Patton National Leadership Award is presented every two years at National Convention to the chapter with the best overall leadership program as determined by the Leadership Development Reference Committee. Award application here.

Individual National Awards
The John Mack Scholarship s a scholarship for members that exhibit leadership and participation in extracurricular activities to benefit charitable or humanitarian organizations. Recipients of the Mack Scholarship are awarded funding to put toward their educational expenses at their current university, as well as a place on the John Mack Scholarship Award plaque in the National Office. More information here:

The Phyllis C. Tenney Excellence in Advising Award recognizes service of an exemplary level or a substantial period of time to an individual chapter in the role of advisor. Award nomination here.

The Herbert G. Horton Service to Youth Award is awarded by the National Scouting and Youth Service Committee to an active, alumni, advisory, or honorary brother who has made a significant contribution to the youth of their community through scouting and/or another youth service organization and who has worked to strengthened the relationship between Alpha Phi Omega and the youth organization at a local, regional, state and/or national level. Award nomination here. 

The National Distinguished Service Key is the Fraternity's highest distinction. It recognized brothers for outstanding service to the Fraternity on the national level, above and beyond the call of duty. A blue key with diamonds and a certificate are awarded at National Conventions to those who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the National Fraternity. Selection is made by a committee composed of past recipients as appointed by the National President.