Annual Awards Process:

Each year, Delta Kappa Epsilon seeks to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of its members through a series of Chapter and individual awards. In an effort to make the process as smooth as possible, Delta Kappa Epsilon has combined the awards process with the data collected through the Standards of Excellence Program. Because of this, to apply for these awards each applicant only needs to submit a cover letter for each award. Please remember the following when submitting your cover letter:

  • There is no standard structure for the letter. The letter should speak to the award’s specific criteria.
  • The letter may not exceed 1000 words.
  • You may also submit supplemental letters of recommendation, flyers, pictures, graphics, etc. along with the cover letter.
  • You are allowed to nominate yourself and others for individual awards.
  • Applications were due no later than April 15th, 2020 at 11:59PM EST.

Standards of Excellence Program:

The Standards of Excellence Program began in the Fall of 2018. The Standards of Excellence Program or SEP for short is an annual program designed to objectively gauge chapter performance on a wide variety of tasks that chapters tackle every day.

Our intent is that this program will give us the ability to consistently recognize chapters for their success and identify areas where DKE HQ can better consult Chapters.

This facilitates two major things:

  1. Identifying chapters that are worthy of awards and
  2. Identifying chapters (or overall trends) that fail to meet our minimum expectations. DKE HQ hopes that by implementing the SEP we will be able to not only identify chapters that are struggling but identify chapters with a pattern of poor performance.

 

Lion Trophy

This image depicts the Delta Kapa Epsilon Lion Trophy. It is a silver chalice with a Rampant Lion on each side.

The Lion Trophy is the highest honor that can be achieved by a ∆KE chapter and is awarded annually to the chapter judged to be best in overall performance. The original Tiffany-designed silver cup was a gift of the Fraternity in 1894 to William Boyd Jacobs, the last surviving founder of ∆KE. It was returned to the Fraternity after his death in 1905 by Brother Jacobs’ daughter, and is now presented each year to the winning chapter. A chapter must submit an application in order to be considered. Presentation of the trophy is made at the International Convention or at another suitable occasion and is accompanied by an embossed certificate.

Criteria:
  • Chapter Operations (30%)

  • Philanthropy and Service (25%)

  • Scholarship (25%)

  • Leadership (20%)

The Standards of Excellence Program will double as the bulk of the application for both the Lion Trophy. Outside of the SEP submission, chapters wanting to be considered for awards will submit a cover letter detailing the awards they would like to be considered for along with their case as to why they should win the award over other chapters. 
  • All applications should be submitted to Craig Dick at craig@dke.org.
    • Applications were due no later than April 15th, 2020 at 11:59PM EST.
Delta Award
The Delta Award for Chapter improvement is a specific award meant to recognize the most improved chapter or colony of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
∆KE places a very high emphasis on chapter improvement; we believe it should be the goal of every chapter, no matter how new or old, large or small, weak or strong, to show improvement every year. Improvement can take many forms, whether it’s recruitment, financial strength, image on campus, relations with the school administration, participation on campus, community service, or even in chapter morale and attitude.

We hope that every officer in every chapter is focused on improving his chapter in his area of responsibility.

The award is named the Delta Award for the word “delta” has come to mean change, because D is the first letter of the Greek word “diáphor” (difference). In this case, we want to honor those chapters who have experienced positive change in the past year, and can demonstrate that positive change.
The Standards of Excellence Program will double as the bulk of the application for both the Delta Award. Outside of the SEP submission, chapters wanting to be considered for awards will submit a cover letter detailing the awards they would like to be considered for along with their case as to why they should win the award over other chapters.
Napolitano Award

Nick Napolitano ’10 was a loyal person who always put others before himself, a spirited young man who lived life to the fullest with no regrets, and a tremendous leader who made sure those around him always felt valued and respected. He led by example, never boasting about his own accomplishments (and there were many), and put everything he had into making a difference.

As a Psi Delta Deke, Nick was able to put his leadership skills to work. He was asked to be his pledge class president, responsible for organizing his class and setting the example. He was then unanimously voted to be Chapter President, a task that came with a lot of responsibility. Rather than simply go through the motions, he took his role seriously and worked hard to make an impact on Psi Delta.

Looking down from a rocky Rhode Island promontory 25 feet above where the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay converge, Nick Napolitano could see Greg Minetti, a friend and Wake Forest fraternity brother, was in danger of drowning as eight-foot waves pounded the shore. Mr. Napolitano considered himself a strong swimmer, said his father, Val Napolitano of Atlanta, so he didn’t hesitate. He jumped in and managed to pull his friend to relative safety, but he lost his own life in the process.

As a testament to his leadership skills, Delta Kappa Epsilon established the Nick Napolitano Award for Presidential Excellence, which will be awarded each year to the most responsible DKE Chapter President in the International DKE community.

Criteria:
  • Sets a strong vision for the chapter
  • Is a transformative leader that creates measurable improvement in chapter and or changes chapter trajectory for the better

  • Creates the greatest impact on his chapter

  • Is a clear leader that has the ability to delegate and motivates action in others

The Standards of Excellence Program will double as the bulk of the application for the Napolitano Award. Outside of the SEP submission, individuals wanting to be considered for awards will submit a cover letter detailing the awards they would like to be considered for along with their case as to why they should receive the award.
Blaisdell Award

This award is named after Brother Charles O. Blaisdell, Pi ’37. It is awarded each June to the undergraduate who is judged the best all-around Deke in that academic year on the basis of contribution to his chapter, contribution to his College or University, his standing in extracurricular activities, and his standing in scholastics.

Charlie Blaisdell is one of the most consequential Dekes in the Fraternity’s history. He has served ∆KE in many ways and has held every major office within ∆KE. He was President of the Fraternity in the early 1970’s, which was one of the most difficult eras ever faced by fraternities. He has been President of the ∆KE Club of New York, and continued to serve on that Board until his recent passing in 2018. His career with the FBI, and then in the legal profession, was with accomplishments and successes, and he practiced law until the age of 100. Charlie was a mainstay at virtually every Deke event, especially in New York, and his spirit and enthusiasm for ∆KE are legendary. Every Deke who attended those events looks forward to Charlie’s rousing cheer at the end of a Lion March. In every respect, Charlie is an inspirational leader to Dekes for many decades. Naming this Leadership Award after Charlie Blaisdell assures that the recipient will always be linked in name with one of the greatest leaders ever produced by Delta Kappa Epsilon.

Criteria:

  • Chapter Contribution

  • College/University Contribution

  • Extracurricular Activities

  • Scholastics

Henderson Award
The William M. Henderson Alumni Award, more commonly referred to as the Henderson Award, is ∆KE’s top alumni award, named for the Fraternity’s beloved long-time Executive Director, Bill Henderson, Zeta Zeta ’39. It is unique among major interfraternal awards in being presented not for work done at the top administrative level of the Fraternity, but solely for exceptional service to an individual chapter of ∆KE (not necessarily the recipient’s own.) The award was established in 1975, and consists of an engraved julep cup that remains the property of the recipient.
Please note that more than one form may be filled out for any nominee. For instance, should an alumnus and undergraduate of the chapter/colony want to submit a nomination, that is not only acceptable, but encouraged.

Criteria:

  • Letter of Recommendation from some member of the Alumni Council or Active Brother
  • Tangible Contributions (monetary or otherwise)

  • Intangible Contributions (time, advice, organizational efforts)

Traditionally, undergraduate Dekes nominate an alumnus for the Henderson Award, however other alumni are encouraged to nominate candidates as well. To be considered for this award,  please submit a cover letter detailing the awards they would like to be considered for along with their case as to why they should receive the award.