Established in 1999, this award recognizes the accomplishments of an entire alumni chapter to improve the alumni experience. This biennial award is presented at Grand Chapter to all alumni chapters selected on the basis of excellence in membership fulfillment, undergraduate support and community involvement.
Certificates of appreciation are presented upon the request of a chapter, Grand Officer or Fraternity body to a chapter officer or member of the Fraternity. The certificates recognize service as an officer of an undergraduate or alumni chapter, or service to a chapter of the General Fraternity.
The Balfour Award contains three levels of distinction: chapter, province and international. The process of conferring the different Balfour Awards is progressive, as an award winner progresses from one level to the next.
The Fraternity presents the Charles G. Ross Award to the undergraduate chapter with the most outstanding publications program. Criteria include the inclusion of content concerning undergraduate and alumni news, writing and editing, layout, general appearance, and the frequency and quality of publication. The award is named for the late Significant Sig Charles G. Ross, MISSOURI-COLUMBIA 1905.
This annual award honors the undergraduate chapter that has the most outstanding scholastic achievement program. The winning chapter receives a plaque and has its name engraved on the Daniel William Cooper Award trophy on display in the Sigma Chi Museum at Headquarters. Recipients of this award are chosen from the pool of Peterson Significant Chapter Award applicants.
In 1974, Sigma Chi established the Edna A. Boss Houseparent Award at the suggestion of the Kansas State undergraduate chapter, which provides financial support for the award. It is named for Edna A. Boss, who served as the Kansas State chapter's housemother for 20 years.
honors a Grand Praetor who has executed his statutory duties, aided brothers and their chapters in reaching their full potential, and strived to foster a spirit of brotherly unity among the chapters within his province. It ILLINOIS 1928Fisher was also an Order of Constantine Sig.
Established in 1972, this award recognizes the most outstanding chapter advisor(s) in the Fraternity. The award is named for Order of Constantine Sig Erwin L.
Grand Consul’s Citations are presented to undergraduate or alumni members who perform outstanding service to the Fraternity or a chapter; the citation can also be presented non-members in special circumstances.
The International Balfour Award has been presented annually since the 1929 to 1930 academic year, when Paul Hagemann, WASHINGTON (ST. LOUIS) 1930, was recognized as the inaugural recipient. The committee that oversees the award selects the individual who they believe to be the Fraternity's most outstanding graduating senior based on his achievements in scholastics, campus and community involvement, and Sigma Chi involvement.
The International Sweetheart of Sigma Chi is a woman who serves as a role model for all of our brothers, and is our Fraternity's liaison to non-members throughout the world. She must possess an understanding of the values and ideals for which the White Cross stands, and exemplify these values and ideals in her daily life.
The James F. Bash Significant Improvement Award — funded by 49th Grand Consul James F. Bash, BUTLER and INDIANA 1946, and his wife, Connie — is given to chapters that demonstrate major improvement in total chapter operations from year to year. Significant improvement is defined as a gain of at least 25 percent in the score ascribed to a Peterson Significant Chapter Award application from one year to the next. All chapters that apply for the Peterson will be considered for the Bash Award; therefore, there is no separate application for this award.
The Oustanding House Corporation Award recognizes the Fraternity's house corporation that has best served its undergraduate chapter in the previous year, while adhering to best management practices. Applications are due April 30.
This award recognizes the parents club that has significantly contributed to the Sigma Chi experience of their sons and their respective undergraduate chapters. Presented annually, this award honors a parents club for its support of a chapter's operations, as well as the membership size and longevity of the respective club.
The Peterson Significant Chapter Award, sponsored annually by the Sigma Chi Foundation, is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. Named for 38th Grand Consul J. Dwight Peterson, INDIANA 1919, the award recognizes excellent, but not impossible, performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. For many years, the Peterson plaque has been a symbol of dedication, idealism and achievement.
To apply for the Province Balfour Award, a Chapter Balfour Award winner is required to submit his Province Balfour Award application to his Grand Praetor. Deadlines vary from province to province, so contact your Grand Praetor for more information. To access the Province Balfour Award application, please click here.
Province Balfour winners will receive a complimentary K.S. “Bud” Adams Life Loyal Sig membership and a plaque denoting his achievement.
To view a list of award recipients, please click here.
This award is named in honor of past Risk Management Foundation (RMF) chairman and 56th Grand Consul Robert E. Joseph, WILLAMETTE 1957. The RMF began funding this annual grant in 1998 for the purpose of supporting further risk management education and chapter house life safety improvements, as well as recognizing chapters with exemplary risk management programs.
The Semi-Century Sig Award recognizes brothers who have been active in the Fraternity for 50 years or more. The award certificate and lapel pin denoting one's status as a Semi-Century Sig are presented at the request of an undergraduate or alumni chapter or member.
The Sigma Chi Foundation is pleased to recognize honorably discharged and currently serving members of the armed forces with its Military Service Recognition Pin. The White Cross that we wear is an emblem of sacrifice, and the virtues displayed through one’s service to their country brings honor to name of Sigma Chi.
The Dr. Henri Stegemeier Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award pays tribute to the Fraternity’s most outstanding faculty advisor. A 1932 graduate of Butler University, Stegemeier served the University of Illinois undergraduate chapter as its faculty advisor from more than 40 years. Stegemeier was a member of the Order of Constantine, a professor emeritus of German and the chairman of the University of Illinois’ German department. His long and distinguished service to the Fraternity embodied the true spirit of Sigma Chi.
The Seven Lights Alumni Award is presented to alumni members who have demonstrated significant service to the Fraternity.
This award recognizes the undergraduate chapter that adds the highest percentage of undergraduate Life Loyal Sigs throughout the school year. The award is named for 18th Grand Consul William C. “Pop” Henning, DEPAUW 1890, who is Life Loyal Sig No. 1.
The winning chapter receives a custom Life Loyal Sig plaque to display in the chapter house, as well as a $1,000 scholarship from the Fraternity to be used for one of the following purposes:
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