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The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards

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The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are designed to recognize outstanding Greek individuals, chapters, councils, and advisors. The awards celebrate the achievements of our Greek community with award categories in service, scholastic achievement, community building, and leadership. The 2020 SFL Awards are awarded based on the achievements during the 2019 calendar year.

The 2020 Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards Banquet will be on April 7th, 2020 to celebrate all of our award winners.

Interested in helping planning the SFL Awards Banquet? Apply to be a part of the student planning committee! Students on the SFL Awards Planning Committee will help plan decorations, selecting and ordering catering, writing the script for presentation of winners, and helping present the awards to our winners. Apply for the committee.

Submit an 2020 SFL Awards Application.

2020 Award Categories

Council Awards

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

  • Commitment to Cultural Consciousness
    The Council Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Award is presented to a council who actively promotes, sponsors and/or participates 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, gender identity or expression, and religious belief.
  • Outstanding Community Building
    The Council Outstanding Community Building Award is awarded to a council that successfully creates a stronger sense of connection and cooperation among the members of its chapters. Councils receiving this award should have demonstrated that sorority and fraternity membership involves collaboration and community beyond the chapter level.
  • Outstanding Educational Programming
    The Council Outstanding Educational Programming Award is presented to a council who identifies and provides relevant educational programming to their members. Educational programs may cover any topic that the council has identified as a priority and need for their community. Topical areas may include but are not limited to: leadership development, wellness, career readiness, and mental health. Councils applying for this award should strive to provide programming through interactive formats such as speakers, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, etc. This may include a single program such as a speaker, or may include a week, month, or semester long series of events.
  • Risk Management and Safety
    The Council Risk Management and Safety Award is presented to a council that has established an effective program or implemented initiatives that educates members on how to mitigate risks, develops a culture of responsible decision making and accountability, and promotes member safety within their council. This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund.

Chapter Awards

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:

  • 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. Chapters who are awarded Chapter of the Year have demonstrated excellence in at least four-chapter award categories.
  • 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.
  • Excellence in Sustainability
    The Excellence in Sustainability Award is presented to a chapter that successfully engages their members in sustainable acts. 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.
  • Outstanding Educational Programming
    The Chapter Outstanding Educational Programming Award is presented to a chapter who identifies and provides relevant educational programming to their members. Educational programs may cover any topic that the chapter has identified as a priority and need for their members. Topical areas may include but are not limited to: leadership development, wellness, career readiness, and mental health. Chapters applying for this award should strive to provide programming through interactive formats such as speakers, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, etc. This may include a single program such as a speaker, or may include a week, month, or semester long series of events.
  • Outstanding New Member Program
    The Chapter Outstanding New Member Program Award recognizes 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.
  • 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.
  • Outstanding Service or Philanthropy
    The Chapter Outstanding Service or Philanthropy Award recognizes a chapter that successfully engages their members 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 establishing a commitment to philanthropic causes.
  • Outstanding Siblinghood
    The Chapter Siblinghood Award recognizes a chapter that successfully creates a strong sense of siblinghood. Strong siblinghood looks different in every chapter but always includes a sense of connection, care, and belonging among members. A chapter may foster siblinghood through organized events, mentorship, "big"/"little" programs, and informal bonding among members. Chapters should articulate how these practices have influenced members and demonstrate how increased siblinghood has contributed to a more positive chapter experience.
  • Risk Management and Safety
    The Chapter Risk Management and Safety Award is presented to a chapter that has established an effective program or implemented initiatives that educate members on how to mitigate risks, develops a culture of responsible decision making and accountability, and promotes member safety within their chapter. This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund.
  • Scholastic Excellence
    The Chapter Scholastic Excellence Award recognizes a chapter who exhibits high academic achievement and promotes scholarship for their members. Chapters should foster an environment that positively promotes learning both in and out of the classroom for members. Chapters should encourage members to seek connections with professors, utilize academic support resources, and develop academic mentorship among members.

Individual Awards

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:

  • 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. Member of the Year requires demonstrated excellence in at least three individual award categories.
  • Living Your Values
    As members of values-based organizations, the Living Your Values Award seeks to recognize a sorority and fraternity member who exhibits and uphold their organizational values, purpose, ritual, and mission through their everyday actions. This member is a person that everyone is proud to consider a member of their organization and challenges other chapter members to also uphold the organization's values.
  • 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. Member of the Year requires demonstrated excellence in at least three individual award categories.
  • Outstanding Chapter President
    The Outstanding Chapter President Award is awarded to a chapter president who served their chapter during 2019 calendar year 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.
  • Outstanding Leadership
    The Outstanding Leadership Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership within their chapter or council and shares their leadership with organizations outside of the SFL community. This leader should demonstrate strong character, the ability to motivate, problem solve, communicate, and create supportive environments for others.
  • 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. To be eligible, the nominee should have been a new member during the 2019 calendar year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scholastic Excellence
    The Scholastic Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in academic and scholastic pursuits. This person should not only excel academically in the classroom but also enrich their learning through internships, research, or independent projects.
  • 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.

Hyperion Awards

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.