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National Distinguished Service Key

The Fraternity’s highest level of distinction, the National Distinguished Service Award, established in 1956, recognizes brothers for outstanding service to the Fraternity above and beyond. 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.  A National Committee composed of past recipients is appointed by the National President to accept and consider nominations to determine recipients.

  • Distinguished service on a national basis; that is, making an outstanding and unique contribution to the welfare of the entire fraternity.
  • Exemplifying and furthering in demonstrable ways the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service.
  • Making a sustained contribution in a leadership role over a period of time.

Other Distinguished Service Key Awards

The Regional Distinguished Service Key Award is a region’s highest level of distinction. The award is a red key that displays the Greek letters of the Fraternity in gold and is given in recognition to brothers for outstanding service to their region. Brothers are presented with the award at regional conferences on the recommendation of an awards committee.

 

Criteria

Distinguished service on a regional basis; that is, making an outstanding and unique contribution to the region as a whole.

Exemplifying and furthering in demonstrable ways the principals of Leadership, Friendship and Service.

Making a sustained contribution in a leadership role over a period of time.

 

E-mail your regional chair to nominate a brother for the Regional Distinguished Service Key.

The Sectional Distinguished Service Key Award is a section’s highest level of distinction. The award is a green key that displays the Greek letters of the Fraternity in gold and is given in recognition to brothers for outstanding service to their section. Brothers are presented the award at sectional conferences on the recommendation of an awards committee.

 

Criteria

Distinguished service on a sectional basis; that is, making an outstanding and unique contribution to the region as a whole.

Exemplifying and furthering in demonstrable ways the principals of Leadership, Friendship and Service.

Making a sustained contribution in a leadership role over a period of time.

 

Email your section chair to nominate a brother for the Sectional Distinguished Service Key. (section.#[email protected] i.e. [email protected])

The Chapter Distinguished Service Key Award is a chapter’s highest level of distinction. The award is a black key that displays the Greek letters of the Fraternity in gold and is given in recognition to brothers for outstanding service to their chapter. Brothers are presented the award at a chapter event or banquet on the recommendation of a special chapter committee.

 

Criteria

Distinguished service on a chapter level; that is, making an outstanding and unique contribution to the chapter as a whole.

Exemplifying and furthering in demonstrable ways the principals of Leadership, Friendship and Service.

Making a sustained contribution in a leadership role over a period of time.

 

Email your chapter president to nominate a brother for the Chapter Distinguished Service Key.

To notify the National Office Staff of a Distinguished Service Key Award recipient at either the chapter, sectional, or regional level fill out the form here. Forms must be submitted to staff in order for recipient to receive their award and certificate.

The National Alumni Distinguished Service Key recognizes those alumni who have continued to further the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service beyond their college years in exceptional ways. The award is a gold key that displays the Greek letters of the Fraternity in gold and is given in recognition to brothers for outstanding service to their region. Brothers are presented with the award at the National Convention on the recommendation of the Alumni Relations Committee.

 

To nominate a brother for this award, complete the application, and provide any supplemental material as required for review by the Alumni Relations Committee to [email protected]

Application

The Alumni Association Distinguished Service Key is the highest honor that a recognized Alumni Association of Alpha Phi Omega may receive. The award is an orange key that displays the Greek letters of the Fraternity in gold.  This key is given to members in recognition of their service to their local alumni association.  You may contact the president of the local alumni association to learn how to nominate a brother for this honor.

 

To nominate a brother for this award, complete the application, and provide any supplemental material as required for review by the Alumni Relations Committee to [email protected]

National Awards 

Phyllis Churchill Tenney Excellence in Advising Award

 

This award recognizes service for exemplary advising to an individual chapter over a substantial period of time. Recipients are presented with the award at the biennially National Conventions by the Awards and Appreciation Reference Committee. Nominations can be submitted by active or alumni members of the advisor’s chapter and multiply awards may be presented.

Earle M. Herbert National Friendship Award

 

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. Named in honor of Past National President Earle M. Herbert, the award is intended to honor chapters whose program best meets the needs of the members in maintaining their affiliation with the Fraternity.

Josiah Frank Historians Award

 

The Josiah Frank Historian’s Award is a plaque 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.

Howard R. Patton National Leadership Award

 

The Howard R. Patton National Leadership Award is presented to the chapter with the best overall leadership program as determined by the Leadership Development Reference Committee.

M. R. Disborough Scouting Service Award

 

The M.R. Disborough National Service to Scouting Award recognizes the chapter with an exceptional service to scouting as a part of their service program.

Dean Arno Nowotny National Service Award

 

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

Herbert G. Horton Service to Youth Award

 

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 strengthen the relationship between Alpha Phi Omega and the youth service organization at a local, regional, state and/or national level. This award is a neck medallion, lapel pin and certificate presented at a regional conference or at the National Convention.

Chapter Awards 

Chapter of Excellence 

 

The purpose of the Chapter of Excellence (COE) awards is to recognize 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. This award is designed to promote better communication between the chapter, sectional, regional and national leadership through regular and timely reporting of chapter activities.

Pledge Performance of Excellence

 

The Pledge Program of Excellence award is to recognize 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. This award is designed to promote better communication between the chapter, sectional, regional and national leadership through regular and timely reporting of chapter activities.

At the close of each fiscal year, Alpha Phi Omega presents the Joseph Scanlon National Certificate of Merit to active chapters who have experienced total membership growth. Recipients must have reported membership growth in one of the following categories between the last fiscal year and the year prior:

 

• Category A – Report 15 or more active brothers after having reported fewer than 15 the year prior

• Category B – Report a net growth of at least five active brothers after having reported a total membership between 15 and 50 the year prior

• Category C – Report a net growth of 15% after having reported an active membership of 51 or more the year prior

 

A chapter bestowed this award is committed to the development and expansion of the Fraternity and plays an active role in supporting the Fraternity’s Strategic Plan.

 Grants & Scholarships

Building A New Chapter Grant

 

Building a New Chapter Grant (BANC Grant) funds (up to $500) may be used for activities promoting membership development and recruitment for APO extension groups going through the chartering or re-chartering process, or chapters struggling with membership.

 

Applications for the BANC Grant can be filled out and submitted by chapter officers through the Officer Portal .

John Mack Scholarship

 

The John Mack Scholarship is a financial award for members that exhibit leadership and participation in extracurricular activities to benefit charitable or humanitarian organizations, or more simply – organizations in need. Recipients of the John Mack Scholarship are awarded funding to put toward their educational expenses at their current university.

Service Innovation Grant

 

The goal of the Service Innovation Grant (SIG) is to provide funding for chapter service projects that address a particular area of need in an innovative way. Proposed projects will focus on a new innovative project, or approach to a project, or an existing project that is innovative in the manner it is delivered. The project must be able to be duplicated by other chapters.

 

Applications for the SIG can be filled out and submitted by chapter officers through the Officer Portal .

Youth Service Grant

 

The Youth Service Grant program provides funds for Alpha Phi Omega chapters that are seeking assistant for Spring Youth Service Day projects, which are socially positive service projects for pre-college age youth. The chapters submit applications and project ideas for review and are then selected based on the impact their projects will have on the youth in their community.

 

Applications for the Youth Service Grant can be filled out and submitted by chapter officers through the Officer Portal .

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