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The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards

The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are designed to recognize outstanding Greek individuals, chapters, and advisors. The awards celebrate the achievements of our Greek community with award categories in service, scholastic achievement, community building, and leadership.

Important Application Instructions

  • Applications for the 2019 Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are closed. The 2020 Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards Applications will open in Fall 2019.
  • Awards are for programs and accomplishments that have taken place between January 2018 and December 2018. Programs outside this time period will not be considered.
  • All awards categories are listed below.
  • Winners will be honored at the 2019 Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards Banquet on April 2nd and the Evening of the Stars on April 16th.
  • Individual students may nominate themselves or other students for Individual Awards.
  • Council awards are awarded to one council per category. For each award category, only one application should be submitted on the council's behalf. Councils should coordinate who is filling out each award nomination to avoid duplicates.
  • Chapter awards are awarded in three categories based on chapter size. For each award category, only one application should be submitted on the chapter's behalf. Chapters should coordinate who is filling out each award nomination to avoid duplicates.
  • Individual awards are awarded to both a fraternity and sorority member in each category. There is no limit to the number of individuals that may be nominated for each category per chapter, but only one application per nominee will be considered. Individual students may nominate themselves or other students for Individual Awards.
  • Please ensure that the names of both applicants and organizations are spelled correctly. The information provided is what will be printed on the winner's award.
  • Quality of the application (including writing and proper use of grammar) as well as the level of details and information provided will be crucial components in rating the application. Therefore it is advised that the application is thorough and well written.
  • The supporting documents are also a crucial component of the award evaluation process. Supporting documents can include photos, flyers, planning documents, social media promotion, or any other additional file that may support your application.
  • All of the questions must be answered COMPLETELY.

Award Categories and Criteria

Council Awards – 2019 Recipients

These awards recognize the council that has demonstrated commitment to all the following sorority and fraternity life values:

  • Outstanding Service or Philanthropy
    The Council Outstanding Service or Philanthropy Award recognizes a council that successfully engages their community to participate in hands-on service or in philanthropic efforts to support their chosen non-profit organization. This award is given to the council that has demonstrated excellence in providing service opportunities or demonstrated a commitment to philanthropic causes while encouraging their member organizations to make a difference.
  • Outstanding Community Building
    The Council Outstanding Community Building Award is awarded to a council that successfully creates a stronger sense of fellowship among its members. Councils receiving this award should have demonstrated that sorority and fraternity membership involves going beyond your chapter and collaborating with organizations within the greater UT Austin Sorority and Fraternity Community.

    2019 Outstanding Community Building Recipient
    • Latino Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Risk Management and Wellness
    The Council Risk Management and Wellness Award is presented to a chapter that has established an effective program or implemented new initiatives that educates members on how to mitigate risks, develops a culture of responsible decision making, and promotes member wellness within their council. Wellness is defined here as the attention to mental, physical and emotional health. This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund.
  • Commitment to Cultural Consciousness
    The Council Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Award is presented to a council who actively promotes, sponsors and/or participants in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice. Diversity at The University of Texas at Austin encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, and religious belief.

    2019 Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Recipient
    • Latino Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Outstanding Public Relations
    The Council Outstanding Public Relations Award is presented to a council who successfully and creatively uses public relations to effectively promote and share their goals and achievements. This award recognizes the importance of engaging a variety of stakeholders including chapter members, the greater sorority and fraternity community, parents, alumni, the UT Austin community, and the greater Austin community.
  • Outstanding Educational Programming
    The Council Outstanding Educational Programming Award is presented to a council who identifies and provides relevant educational programming to their member organizations. Councils applying for this award should strive to provide programming through interactive formats such as speakers, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, etc. on various topics.
  • Council of the Year Award
    The Council of the Year Award seeks to highlight the outstanding contributions of one council in The University of Texas sorority and fraternity community. This council exemplifies the mission, values and purpose of their council and have made a significant impact in the fraternity and sorority community overall.

Chapter Awards - 2019 Recipients

Chapter Award applications are evaluated based on membership size in order to recognize more organizations doing excellent work in our community. Each award can be awarded up to three chapters.

These awards recognize individual chapters demonstrating excellence in the following ways:

  • Outstanding Service or Philanthropy
    The Chapter Outstanding Service or Philanthropy Award recognizes a chapter that successfully engages their community to participate in hands-on service or in philanthropic efforts to support their chosen non-profit organization. This award is given to the chapter that has demonstrated excellence in providing service opportunities or demonstrated a commitment to philanthropic causes while encouraging their member organizations to make a difference.

    2019 Outstanding Service or Philanthropy Recipients
    • Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
    • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
    • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Scholastic Excellence
    The Chapter Scholastic Excellence Award recognizes a chapter who exhibits high academic achievement while also being focused on developing programs to promote scholarship for their members.

    2019 Scholastic Excellence Recipients
    • alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.
    • Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
    • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Outstanding Community Building
    The Chapter Outstanding Community Building Award is given to a chapter that successfully creates a stronger sense of fellowship among its members. Chapters receiving this award should have demonstrated that sorority and fraternity membership involves going beyond your chapter and collaborating with organizations within the greater UT Austin Sorority and Fraternity Community.

    2019 Outstanding Community Building Recipients
    • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Leadership Development
    The Chapter Outstanding Leadership Development Award is awarded to a chapter who encourages leadership development and promotes leadership opportunities for its members, both within formal leadership positions and through the experience of membership.

    2019 Outstanding Leadership Development Recipients
    • Alpha Xi Delta
    • Phi Delta Theta
    • Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
  • Outstanding New Member Program
    The Chapter Outstanding New Member Program Award seeks to recognize a chapter who provides outstanding education to their new members and prepares them for membership and future success. The award recognizes programs that educate their new members on the values of the organization, creating relationships within the chapter and the community, teaches safe and responsible practices, encourages leadership, and ensures an understanding of chapter operations.

    2019 Outstanding New Member Program Recipients
    • alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.
  • Risk Management and Wellness
    The Chapter Risk Management and Wellness Award is presented to a council that has established an effective program or implemented new initiatives that educates members on how to mitigate risks, develops a culture of responsible decision making, and promotes member wellness within their council. Wellness is defined here as the attention to mental, physical and emotional health. This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund.

    2019 Risk Management and Wellness Recipients
    • Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Commitment to Cultural Consciousness
    The Chapter Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Award is presented to a chapter who actively promotes, sponsors and/or participants in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice. Diversity at The University of Texas at Austin encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, and religious belief.
  • Outstanding Public Relations
    The Chapter Outstanding Public Relations Award is presented to a chapter who successfully and creatively uses public relations to effectively promote and share their goals and achievements, while engaging with various stakeholders including chapter members, the greater sorority and fraternity community, parents, alumni, the UT Austin community, and the greater Austin community.

    2019 Outstanding Public Relations Recipients
    • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
    • Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Excellence in Sustainability
    The Excellence in Sustainability Award is presented to a chapter that successfully engages their members in sustainable acts related to recycling and composting. This award is given to the chapter that has demonstrated excellence in their community engagement with sustainability, commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, and a consistent drive to continuing sustainable habits by their organization and their members. Chapters with and without chapter facilities are encouraged to apply for this award.

    2019 Excellence in Sustainability Recipients
    • Pi Beta Phi
  • Chapter of the Year
    The Chapter of the Year Awards seek to highlight the outstanding contributions of a sorority or fraternity chapter in The University of Texas at Austin Sorority and Fraternity Community. This chapter exemplify the mission, values and purpose of their own organization and have made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall.

    2019 Chapter of the Year Recipients
    • Alpha Xi Delta

Individual Awards – 2019 Recipients

Each award can be given to both a fraternity and sorority member. Applications can be filled out by the individual themselves or by another person on their behalf. These awards recognize individuals in the sorority and fraternity community that exemplify a special commitment to the following values:

  • Outstanding Service and Philanthropy
    The Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award seeks to recognize individuals who are committed to engaging in hand on service and philanthropy to create tangible support and awareness towards a specific cause.

    2019 Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Recipients
    • MiMi Ha, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.
  • Scholastic Excellence
    The Scholastic Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in both their academic and scholastic pursuits.

    2019 Scholastic Excellence Recipients
    • Kevin Brill, Delta Upsilon
    • Jasmine Liu-Zarzuela, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.
  • Living Your Values
    As members of values based organizations, the Living Your Values Award seeks to recognize a sorority and fraternity member who exhibit and uphold their organizational values, purpose, ritual, and mission. These members seek to align their actions with the values of their organization. A qualified applicant is likely a member that challenges other chapter and community members to uphold the same organizational values.

    2019 Living Your Values Recipients
    • Jasmine Liu-Zarzuela, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.
  • Outstanding Leadership
    The Outstanding Leadership Award seeks to recognize an individual who exemplifies leadership within their organization and within the UT Austin community. This leader should demonstrate exceptional leadership, the ability to motivate, problem solve, communicate, and create support for others.

    2019 Outstanding Leadership Recipients
    • Molly Neale, Alpha Delta Pi
    • Ahmed Semary, Delta Upsilon
  • Outstanding New Member
    The Outstanding New Member Award seeks to recognize a fraternity and sorority member in their first year of membership who has shown great potential for future leadership through their contributions to their chapter, sorority and fraternity community, and the university. A new member is an individual in their first year of membership within an organization.

    2019 Outstanding New Member Recipients
    • Natalia Chapa-Mills, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
    • Ernesto Jimenez, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
    • Victoria Klebahn, Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Outstanding Chapter President
    The Outstanding Chapter President Award is awarded to a chapter president who served their chapter during 2018 and demonstrates strong chapter leadership, the ability to motivate others, strong character, and high ideals. This person should serve as a role model to others and has made their chapter stronger during their time in office.

    2019 Outstanding Chapter President Recipients
    • Ashley Garza, Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc.
    • William Jenkins, Sigma Phi Epsilon
    • Jake Price, Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Member of the Year
    The Member of the Year recognition awards seek to highlight the outstanding contributions of one fraternity member and one sorority member in The University of Texas at Austin community. These students exemplify the mission, values and purpose of their own organization and have made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall.

    2019 Outstanding Chapter President Recipients
    • Frances Trejo, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
  • Outstanding Volunteer
    The Outstanding Volunteer Award seeks to recognize an advisor or volunteer that has served as a role model for the organization. This volunteer should display hard work and dedication towards helping improve the chapter and its members as well as the greater Sorority and Fraternity Life Community.

    2019 Outstanding Volunteer Recipients
    • Dayna Bolger, Alpha Delta Pi

Hyperion Awards – 2019 Recipients

In Greek mythology, Hyperion was known as the "Titan of Light," similarly these sorority and fraternity members are lights in their community. The Hyperion Award recognizes individuals committed to serving and improving the sorority and fraternity community. Their accomplishments are wide ranging and each recipient has made a unique and important contribution to their chapter, council, and university community. This year's recipients include chapter presidents, council officers, and individuals involved in university wide service.

Hyperion Award Recipients

  • Brycen Buckingham, Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Ashley Cruz, Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc.
  • Evana Flores, Kappa Delta
  • Elizabeth Gallatin, Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Alessandria Garza, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
  • Rwendy Luna, Delta Upsilon
  • Aimee Morales, Sorority and Fraternity Life Office University Leadership Network Intern
  • Denise Morales, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
  • Jacob Rey, Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Catherine Vu, Sigma Phi Omega Sorority, Inc.
  • Shania Williams, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.