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 tot he 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.

Applications are due on June 1st and are then judged by a panel of Deke alumni volunteers from various chapters.

The winner of the 2015 Lion Trophy will be announced at the closing banquet of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Leadership Summit on August 8th, in Austin, Texas.

The Lion Trophy Application can be found HERE.

Please note that the judging criteria for this year’s Lion Trophy has changed substantially from previous years.


  • Please submit your application in this online application form, and at your option, attach a separate document (in PDF format please) which provides any additional information you wish the judges to see, such as photographs, newsletter samples, etc.
  • Each section should be no more than 2,000 words in length
  • Please do not use watermarks on your supplemental document.


  • Chapter Operations (30%)
  • Philanthropy and Service (25%)
  • Scholarship (25%)
  • Leadership (20%)

Note that the Chapter Improvement section has been removed from the judging criteria, and will instead be recognized with its own prestigious award at this year’s convention banquet.Alumni Relations has been moved to a subsection of Chapter Operations. If you feel that any section or subsection of the Lion Trophy application does not apply to your chapter, please include an explanation in your application stating the reason (a new chapter would not have an existing alumni base, for example). If the judging panel sees fit, they will consider your request and may decide to adjust the category weighting for your chapter’s response; i.e., the other sections of your application will then be weighted more heavily and the category in question will carry less or no weight. To carry the example further, if you are in a young chapter, you cannot compete in the Alumni Relations section on the same level as the other, older chapters, but the judges may want to know what you are doing in order to develop an alumni relations program, so they might decide to assign, say 5%, to that category. Please do your best job in your submission, to explain your request for a variance. If you wish to get that variance decided ahead of time, you may submit that request in advance.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or need clarification on any of the above, please contact consultant David Howe at Again, applications must be turned in no later than June 1st, 2015.

Applications can be submitted here:

Sample Lion Trophy Applications from Past years:

Psi, Alabama 2013

Rho, Lafayette 2013

Phi Alpha, UBC 2013 


Delta Award for Chapter Improvement

∆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 will be named the Delta Award. 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.

This award is to salute the ∆KE Chapter whose improvement outpaced all other ∆KE chapters.

You can apply for this award Here:


Charles O Blaisdell DKE Leadership Award

This award, previously known as the DKE Leadership Award, is now named after Brother Charles O. Blaisdell, Pi-Dartmouth ’37. It is awarded at the end of each school year to the undergraduate who is judged the best all-around Deke in that academic year on the basis of contribution to his chapter, to his school, and on his standing in extracurricular activities and scholastics.

Charlie Blaisdell is one of the most consequential Dekes in the Fraternity’s history. He has served DKE in many ways and has held several major offices within DKE. 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 DKE Club of New York and continues to serve on that Board. His career with the FBI, and then in the legal profession, has been filled with accomplishments and successes-he still practices law at the age of 97. Charlie is a mainstay at virtually every Deke event, especially in New York, and his spirit and enthusiasm for DKE are legendary. Every Deke who attends those events looks forward to Charlie’s rousing cheer at the end of a Lion March. In every respect, Charlie has been 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.

Nominate a brother for the Charles O Blaisdell DKE Leadership Award here.

Nick Napolitano Outstanding Chapter President 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.

“Even as subjective as I am toward my son, I’m just amazed by the extraordinary things people said about him in the more than 1,000 letters and emails we received,” Nick’s father, Val, said. “He was a tremendous leader and was successful in all aspects of his life. He knew the balance between having a love for life and hard work.”

As a Psi Delta, Nick was immediately 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. 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.