Alpha Chi’s most prestigious chapter award is the President’s Cup, given at every national convention since 1987 to the chapter judged most outstanding. The beautiful President’s Cup trophy and an honorarium of $200 are presented to the recipient at the annual convention. Chapters cannot win the award in successive years.
Each regionally-nominated chapter should present an application specifically addressing each of the criteria below, in sequence, devoting a separate section of the application to each criterion, with each section arranged chronologically with the most recent year first. The Awards & Honors Committee will consider only this specifically detailed information.
President’s Cup selection criteria, in order of importance, are as follows:
- Campus activities (lectures, tutorials, discussions, competitions, etc.)
- Community activities that are academically oriented
- Number of student presentations at annual conventions
- Number of nominees for Gaston/Nolle Scholarships and Sledge/Benedict Fellowships
- Number of sponsor delegates at annual conventions
- Number of student delegates at annual conventions
- Number of Star Chapter Awards received
- Number of articles accepted for publication in Aletheia
- Number of faculty nominated for honorary membership
- Social media or internet projects that promote campus awareness of Alpha Chi (such as Facebook, Twitter, or a chapter web page)
- Number of times the chapter or a chapter member has been mentioned in campus print media or online campus publication.
Although the committee will not evaluate supplementary material such as photographs, news clippings, brochures, scrapbooks, etc., nominated chapters are welcome to bring such material, separated from their applications, for display at the convention.
Procedure for President’s Cup Selection:
At the annual conventions, chapters let their regional presidents know their interest in applying for the award to be given at the next convention. This can best be accomplished at the region’s business meeting.
Regions nominate chapters for the award, with each region allowed one nominee for every twenty chapters or part of twenty chapters (a region with 1-20 chapters can have one nominee; a region with 21-40 chapters can have two nominees, etc.).
Each competition covers chapter activity for two full years, beginning with the prior year’s convention, up to and including the convention at which the award will be made. Thus, nominated chapters will submit activities for a period that includes three conventions.
No later than one week before the national convention, each nominated chapter sends a document detailing how it met the Outstanding Chapter criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will then be electronically forwarded to the chair of the Awards & Honors Committee. The following information should head the document: Name of Institution, Chapter Name (State & Greek letter), Region, and Chapter Number.
2019 California State University, Bakersfield, California Iota (view their application)
2018 Shorter University, Georgia Theta (view their application)
2017 Abilene Christian University, Texas Psi
2016 Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York Sigma
2015 Huntington University, Indiana Beta
2013 University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Alpha Pi
2011 Lyon College, Arkansas Iota
2009 Evangel University, Missouri Rho
2007 Lyon College, Arkansas Iota
2005 East Central University, Oklahoma Gamma
2003 John Brown University, Arkansas Lambda
2001 Huntington College, Indiana Beta
1999 Goldey-Beacom College, Delaware Beta
1997 Carson-Newman College, Tennessee Delta
1995 Tarleton State University, Texas Alpha Kappa
1993 Sam Houston State University, Texas Omicron
1991 Brescia College, Kentucky Delta
1989 Midwestern State University, Texas Alpha Gamma
1987 College of White Plains, Pace University, New York Delta