Awards

The Beta Rho Chapter (James Madison University), with our Vice President of Philanthropy Development Patrick Herron, accepts our most prestigious award, the Joseph Torchia Outstanding Chapter Award, at our 2015 National Convention

Excellence and Founders' Awards

The C.H. McClure Single Service Award
The C.H. McClure Single Service Award is presented to a Collegiate Chapter for an outstanding service project. Each Chapter may choose an exemplary service project that it has successfully completed during the past year.
 
 
The Josh and Britt Marder Excellence in National Philanthropy Award
The Josh and Britt Marder Excellence in National Philanthropy Award is presented to a Collegiate Chapter for an outstanding National Philanthropy service project. Each Chapter may choose an exemplary service project that it has successfully completed during the past year and write a detailed summary of the project. It is important to note that this award is intended to recognize an outstanding National Philanthropy service project whether it directly benefits the National Philanthropy or coincides with the spirit and purpose of the National Philanthropy.
 
 
The Charles W. Chance Excellence in Alumni Relations Award
The Charles W. Chance Excellence in Alumni Relations Award is presented to the Chapter that excels in Alumni relations based upon such areas as sound communication, financial support and Alumni participation in Chapter events.
 
 
The Sanders P. McComsey Most Improved Old Chapter Award and The Clarence O. Williams Most Improved New Chapter Award
The Sanders P. McComsey Most Improved Old Chapter Award and The Clarence O. Williams Most Improved New Chapter Award are presented to the Chapters that have demonstrated the most overall improvement from the preceding year. A new Chapter is defined as a Chapter that has been active up to and including four (4) National Fraternity fiscal years. An old Chapter is defined as a Chapter that has been active for five (5) or more National Fraternity fiscal years (i.e., A Chapter inducted in Fall 2008 or Spring 2009 is a new Chapter through the 2013-2014 fiscal year).
 
The Steven A. DiGuiseppe Excellence in Administration Award
The Steven A. DiGuiseppe Excellence in Administration Award is presented to the Collegiate Chapter(s) that maintains the highest efficiency in administrative detail. Criteria for evaluation includes the manner in which the Chapter conducts its communication with the National Headquarters as well as with officials of the college or university where the Chapter has been chartered, and whether or not the Chapter exhibits consistency in carrying out its administrative affairs.
 
The Jeffrey L. Johnson National Interchapter Fellowship Award
The Jeffrey L. Johnson National Interchapter Fellowship Award has been established so that Chapters and individuals that have exhibited outstanding examples of fellowship towards and with other Chapters may be recognized and honored. Chapters and individuals may only be nominated by the official vote and recognition of fellow Chapters and/or National Council. Though up to two awards may be given each year, an award does not have to be bestowed every year. By this means, the National Council and the nominating Chapters are charged with honoring only the most deserving.
 
 
The Dr. Eldo L. Hendricks Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Programming
The Dr. Eldo L. Hendricks Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Programming has been established to recognize Chapters that have provided exceptional education, cultural and leadership programs benefiting their Members and the community in which they live. Up to three awards may be given each year, but an award does not have to be presented every year.
 
 
Claude A. Phillips Excellence in Fellowship Award
The Claude A. Phillips Excellence in Fellowship Award is presented to a Collegiate Chapter for an outstanding fellowship event. Each Chapter may choose an exemplary fellowship event that they have successfully completed during the past year and write a detailed summary of the project.
 
 
The Most Outstanding Alumni Chapter
The Most Outstanding Alumni Chapter is presented to Alumni Chapters to recognize overall achievements in their promotion to fellowship, leadership and scholarship in their activities. Each Chapter may submit a nomination by uploading the Most Outstanding Alumni Chapter Essay portion of Form 530 in the Chapter Admin Portal to highlight its involvement in maintaining scholarship, leadership and fellowship involvement. The Form 530 in entirety may also be used by National Council in determining the recipient.

Most Prestigious Awards

Distinguished Service Keys (most prestigious individual award)
Distinguished Service Keys are awarded by a unanimous vote of the National Council to Members of Phi Sigma Pi who have demonstrated outstanding service to the National Fraternity. Distinguished Service Key nominations may be submitted by the National Council, National Staff or an active Chapter. Distinguished Service Key guidelines can be found in the National Constitution.
  
  
The Joseph Torchia Outstanding Chapter Award (most prestigious National Chapter award)
The Joseph Torchia Outstanding Chapter Award is the first, oldest and most prestigious of the National Awards. Chapters are evaluated for this award on the basis of overall Chapter activities as they strive to achieve a balance of scholarship, leadership and fellowship. Recipient nominations of the Torchia Award will be selected by Members of the National Staff. Torchia Award winners will be slated by the National Awards Committee and ratified by an unanimous vote of the National Council.   
 

Purple & Gold Awards

The following awards are offered to Collegiate Chapters and may be awarded annually at the awards banquet at the National Convention:
  • The Dr. Jack W. Thornton Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award
    The Dr. Jack W. Thornton Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award
    is presented annually to those Chapters with outstanding Faculty or Alumni Advisors. 
     
  • The Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising Award
  • The Outstanding Achievement in Recruitment and Initiation Award
  • The Outstanding Achievement in Risk Management Award

Learn how to apply for any National scholarships or awards by emailing pspoffice@phisigmapi.org for more information. If you'd like to apply for a Phi Sigma Pi National Scholarship, please visit the Scholarship section. To be eligible to receive a National Award, Chapters must have all National forms, dues, induction fees and outstanding debts reconciled before May 15 for semester schools and June 15 for quarter schools. Chapters on probation or suspension for any portion of the academic year are ineligible to receive any National Awards for that academic year. However, the Chapter End-of-Semester/Quarter Report (Form 110) must be submitted regardless of whether the Chapter is eligible to receive a National Award. A Form 110 delinquent for thirty (30) days or more shall not be considered for any National Awards. However, it will be reviewed for the status of the Chapter.