Zeta Beta Tau Awards Guide

List of All International Awards


Chapter Awards

Bijur Award (Outstanding GPA)

Named for its sponsor, Judge Moses Bijur of the Delta Chapter at Columbia University, the first presentation of this award dates to 1915. Fraternity provides a great vehicle for academic success. Chapters that have learned to maximize their resources to promote intellectual awareness are worthy of our praise. Qualifying Chapters must have a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and their grade point average must be at least two-tenths of a point greater than the all men's average on their campus. Campus documentation must be included in the award submission.

The Sobel Award (GPA Improvement)

First presented in 1915, the Sobel Award is named for the Brother who sponsored the initial prize, Isidore Sobel of the Theta Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania. Brother Sobel recognized an underlying purpose of our organization and the true purpose of every student's presence at an institution of higher learning, that or academic success.

Chapters qualifying for the Sobel Award have demonstrated a marked improvement in scholastic standing in the past academic year. These Chapters have shown a positive change in all-Chapter grade point average of either .15 in one semester or .30 in one year. Campus documentation must be included in the award submission.

Frauenthal Award (Intramural Sports Participation)

The Frauenthal Award was presented for the first time at the 1914 Convention by Dr. Henry Frauenthal, an honorary member of ZBT. The award was initially presented to the Chapter which most distinguished itself in athletics of any kind, either varsity sports or intramural participation. Today we present the Frauenthal Award to those that excel in intramural athletics. Chapters and Colonies that qualify for this award have placed first in at least one over-all intramural sports competition or won any three individual campus or IFC intramural sports competitions in the past academic year.

Sid Luckman Award (Varsity Sports Participation)

The Sid Luckman Award celebrates a great Fraternity man and football star, Brother Sid Luckman. Brother Luckman, a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame, brought great prestige to his Delta Chapter at Columbia University and to ZBT in general. In honor of Brother Luckman, we present this award to those that show outstanding participation in varsity athletics. The qualifying Chapters and Colonies have a minimum of either ten Brothers or 20% of their membership who participate in varsity athletics during an academic year.

Barry D. Siegel Award (Most Successful Recruitment)

The Barry D. Siegel Award recognizes excellence in new member recruitment. Barry Siegel served as Executive Secretary to Zeta Beta Tau from 1960 through 1971. An alumnus of the Beta Eta Chapter at Bowling Green State University, Brother Siegel was known for his energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking. He stressed the need for the education of Brothers on fraternity management skills, including recruitment.

This award is presented to the Chapter that shows the greatest success in recruitment. This success, no doubt, is due to training, education, and an emphasis on the continued growth of the chapter.

Joseph E. Glaser Award (Philanthropy)

Named in honor of the long-time advisor to the Beta Delta Chapter at Rutgers University, the Joseph E. Glaser Award is presented to the Chapter that demonstrates its commitment to the community through philanthropic endeavors. Qualifying Chapters have raised and donated a minimum of $100 per Brother or sponsored a significant philanthropic project within an academic year.

Theodore G. Rich-St. Louis Alumni Association Award (Outstanding Community Service)

Many ZBT Chapters and Colonies accept the challenge to work to improve their various communities. First awarded in 1950 the Theodore G. Rich-St. Louis Alumni Association Award is presented to the Chapter that exemplifies Zeta Beta Tau's commitment to the Service of the Brotherhood of Man. To qualify for this award, Chapters must have documented a minimum of ten hours of community service work for each Brother or the sponsorship of a significant service project within an academic year.

Best Community Service Project

This award is given to the chapter or colony for the most outstanding community service project.

Children's Miracle Network Award

In July of 2002 the Supreme Council adopted the Children's Miracle Network as the official Philanthropy of Zeta Beta Tau. Since that time many chapters have taken it upon themselves to raise an incredible amount of money for this Philanthropy. This award is given to the Chapter or Colony that has raised the most money for the Children's Miracle Network this past year.

Alexander "Babe" Lewin Award (Outstanding Alumni Programming)

The Alexander "Babe" Lewin Award honors the Chapters that maintains active communications with its alumni. Named for an alumnus of Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity who served for many years on the professional staff of that Fraternity, the Alexander "Babe" Lewin Award is presented to the Chapter that values the resources and experiences that are afforded by its alumni members. To qualify a Chapter must have produced and mailed at least two alumni newsletters in the past academic year and provided the National Office with updated Alumni contact information. As well, the qualifying Chapters host events that encourage alumni participation.

Most outstanding program or event with another ZBT chapter or colony

This award is to recognize the Chapter that sponsored an event that best represented inter-fraternalism between two Chapters.

Lee Dover Award (Outstanding General Chapter Programming)

Lee Dover, the second Executive Secretary of Zeta Beta Tau, is credited as being one of the primary architects of our Fraternity. Dover guided the Fraternity through two World Wars and the Great Depression, times that were fatal to many National Greek organizations.

Dover advocated that ZBT Brothers were men of integrity and men of learning. To honor his legacy, the Lee Dover Award is presented for outstanding Chapter programming. Qualifying Chapters have worked to improve the quality, integrity, and scope of learning of their members.

Best Educational Program

This award is given to the chapter or colony for the most outstanding educational program.

Best Brotherhood Event

This award is given to the chapter or colony that executes that best brotherhood event.

Risk Management Award

This award is given to the chapter or colony that exhibit outstanding risk management education for their chapter/colony, displays preventative measures for risk reduction and does not have a risk management violation during the academic year.

Chapter Heritage Programming Award

The Chapter Heritage Programming Award honors the Chapter or Colony that maintains an active connection to all entities of the history, heritage, and mission of ZBT. They must hold at least one event celebrating the history, heritage, and mission of ZBT during the current academic year.

Omega Cup (Outstanding Publications)

First awarded in 1944, the award is named after the Omega chapter at the University of Missouri and internationally recognized Journalism School. This award recognizes the chapter or colony that has the most outstanding publications, paper and/or electronic.

Best Website

This award is presented to a chapter/colony that has managed to combine the best of visual design with quality ZBT content.

Parent Relations Award

The Parent Relations Award honors the chapter that maintains active communications with its parents and actively engages them throughout the year. To qualify a Chapter must have produced and mailed at least one parent newsletter in the past academic year, have an appointed parent relations chair, and hold at least one parents event in the past academic year. It is encouraged for the Chapter to have an existing Parents Club.

Edwin B. Meissner Award (Most improved Chapter)

Named for the patriarch of a prominent family of ZBT men who have given years of service to the National Fraternity, the Meissner Award is presented to the Fraternity's most improved Chapter.

Best Colony Award

This award is presented to the Most Outstanding Colony that exhibits excellence in Recruitment, Chapter Programming and support of the mission of ZBT.

Brummer Founders Cup (Most Outstanding Chapter)

Taking its name from the highest honor given to a Chapter of Phi Sigma Delta, the Brummer Cup is presented to the ZBT Chapter that best represents the ideals and tenets upon which our Fraternity was founded. The winner of the Brummer Cup excels not in one area of Chapter life, but in all of those key areas that are the hallmark of a great organization.

 

Individual Awards

If you wish to nominate an individual(s) for any of the following awards you must make it clear who the person is, why they are being nominated, and include a letter of support detailing the individual's contributions to the colony/chapter and how it pertains to the award that is being applied for.

The Roswell "Buddy" Messing Award (Most Outstanding Individual Brother)

This award is named in honor of Roswell "Buddy" Messing. Buddy was initiated in 1938 into the Omega Chapter at the University of Missouri. Throughout his long career in ZBT, Buddy served as trustee to the Omega Chapter and was often sought for his counsel on matters of importance to the National Fraternity. His fraternal spirit remained strong until his death in the later 1980's. The Messing Award is presented to the undergraduate man who most fully embodies the precepts of our Fraternity.

Richard S. Simon Award (Individual Academics)

This award is named for Past national President Richard S. Simon. Dick, an initiate of the phi Chapter at the University of Michigan, has served for many years as the Chairman of the ZBT Foundation's Scholarship Committee. Dick is also a Past President of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and a recipient of the NIC's Gold Medal Award. The Richard S. Simon Award is presented to Brothers who have maintained a grade point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale before their senior year as an undergraduate member of ZBT. These Brothers demonstrate to us that fun and work can mix.

Kahn-Greendlinger Award (Individual Senior Academics)

The Kahn-Greendlinger award is named for Brother Julius Kahn, an initiate of the Alpha Eta Chapter at UC-Berkeley who served as National President from 1921-1924, and a distinguished member of Congress during the World War I era. Brother Greendlinger, an honorary member of Phi Sigma Delta, first presented his award to the member of Phi Sig that provided the most prominent articles of the fraternity's annual magazine.

The Kahn-Greendlinger Award is presented to those Brothers who have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale during their senior years as undergraduates. These men exemplify dedication to scholastic excellence. These Brothers give us proof that, through the rigors of one's senior year, one can maintain focus on academic achievement.

Phil Goodman Award (Outstanding Campus Leader)

The Phil Goodman Award is presented to a Brother who excels in campus leadership and involvement.

Maine Heffer Award (Most Outstanding Chapter President)

This award for ZBT's Most Outstanding Chapter President is named in honor of two brothers, Douglas L. Maine, Alpha Beta (Temple University) 1970, and Jerome Heffer, Delta of Phi Sigma Delta (New York University) 1925.

Brother Maine was a two-term (1969-1970) President of Alpha Beta Chapter at Temple University. He was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau professional staff (1971-1978) and went on to have a successful business career with MCI (now part of Verizon) and IBM where he was Chief Financial Officer of both companies. Following retirement from IBM, Brother Maine joined Wall Street firm Brown, Brothers Harriman. Brother Maine is still active with ZBT serving as the chapter advisor to Delta Chapter at Columbia University and as a member of the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation’s Corporate Governance Committee.

The late Brother Heffer was a member of Phi Sigma Delta's National Council from 1947 until his death in 1958, as well as advisor to the NYU Chapter. He was known for his passion for Fraternity, his desire for justice and his sincerity. This honor was awarded for the first time in his memory in 1960.

The Gamma-Van Raalte Award (Individual Varsity Athletes)

The Gamma-Van Raalte Award is named for ZBT's Gamma Chapter at New York University and Brother Morton Van Raalte of the Delta Chapter at Columbia University. Gamma Chapter was a perennial winner of this award in the early years of the Fraternity and thus the Chapter's designation was incorporated into the name of the award.

Brother Van Raalte, a Delta Chapter alumnus and a varsity athlete himself, first presented this award at ZBT's Convention in 1915. The Gamma-Van Raalte Award is presented to those Brothers who have participated in varsity athletics during an academic year. The demands of membership on a varsity sports team paired with the rigors of an undergraduate academic course load may seem daunting to some, yet many Brothers give proof that the two can be successfully combined.

Best Founding Father

This award is given to the individual who had the largest impact for his colony/chapter to receive chapter status. This award does not have a time limit; this may be any Alumni who was a Founding father who the Chapter would like to recognize for their support and contributions to the chapter.

 

Special Awards

If you wish to nominate an individual(s) for any of the following awards you must make it clear who the person is, why they are being nominated, and include a letter of support detailing the individual's contributions to the colony/chapter and how it pertains to the award that is being applied for.

Best Faculty Advisor Award

This award is presented to the most outstanding Faculty Advisor.

The Maxwell Hyman Chapter Advisor Award (Outstanding Advisor)

The Maxwell Hyman Chapter Advisor Award is named for a founder of Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity and a member of that Fraternity's Alpha Chapter at Columbia University. Brother Hyman figured prominently in the early history of Phi Sigma Delta as an advocate for, and trainer of, Chapter Advisors.

Stephen P. Ehrlich Award (Outstanding Alumnus Volunteer)

The National Fraternity is blessed by the support of many Alumni volunteers who are dedicated to furthering the ideals of our Brotherhood and work to ensure the Good & Welfare of ZBT. In 1970, one such remarkable alumnus began his work on behalf of our Fraternity. While completing his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis, he worked with ZBT's Alpha Xi Chapter. He quickly became involved with the Fraternity on a National level. His work and dedication culminated with his serving as President of the National Fraternity from 1990-1992.

He has a true passion for the Fraternity. He is committed to the success of each Chapter and Colony within ZBT. In honor of this Brother's gifts to ZBT, the leadership of the National Fraternity created this award in 2000 to be styled in his name. This award will be presented to those Alumni who make significant contributions to the operations of the National Fraternity and those who give of themselves to make ZBT a better Fraternity. Brother Ehrlich was the first recipient of this award named in his honor at the 2000 National Convention.

Riegelman-Jacobs Award (Outstanding Inter-Fraternal Service)

This award is to commemorate two outstanding brothers of ZBT. Brother Harold Riegelman of Kappa Chapter at Cornell University was from the class of 1914. Brother Maurice Jacobs was from Pi Chapter at the University of Maine and from the class of 1917. Both served as President of the North-American Inter-fraternity Conference while one received the Conference's highest award, the Gold Medal. Brother Riegelman founded his own law firm and was a high ranking officer of the U.S. Military. Brother Jacobs entered the field of publishing owning his own publishing house in Philadelphia and being the first American to own and operate a Hebrew typeface font. It is fitting for the Fraternity to memorialize Brothers Riegelman and Jacobs with an award honoring outstanding service to the Inter-Fraternity community.

Heritage Award

The Heritage Award was created in 2005 to be presented occasionally, but no more than once per year, to a member of the Jewish community who distinguishes himself or herself in a communal, philanthropic, artistic or professional endeavor.

Edwin N. Sommer Award

Presented from time to time to a ZBT alumnus for “Selfless Dedication to the Ideals of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.”

Richard J.H. Gottheil Award

This award memorializes our spiritual founder, the late Professor Richard J.H. Gottheil, and is awarded periodically to “that individual or group that has advanced human understanding among all people.”

Man of the Year Award

The Man of the Year award honors those brothers who stand forth above other brothers and fellow citizens in living the Credo and honoring ZBT's Ritual from a position of leadership and service. These brothers serve as role models for members of Zeta Beta Tau and American society in general.

Man of Distinction Award

The Man of Distinction Award was created to honor those brothers who reach the apex of their various involvements. Through their life’s work, these men exemplify the brotherhood of Zeta Beta Tau. This award is to be presented occasionally, but no more than once per year.

Outstanding Young Alumnus

Given to a partner or supporter who is a true champion for ZBT on campus and in the community.

Campus Partner of the Year

Given to an alumnus who has graduated within the last 20 years and has made an impact in his community and lives the ideals expressed within the Credo and Ritual of Zeta Beta Tau.

James E. Greer, Jr. Staff Award

Presented from time to time to a past or current staff member for contributions to the Fraternity.

Named in honor of Brother Greer, a 1964 graduate from the Beta Pi Chapter at California State University-Long Beach. He worked for the Fraternity for 37 years, retiring as Executive Vice President Emeritus. In his time on staff, he saw ZBT through a period of great change for the fraternal world. He advocated ZBT's entry into non-pledging as a move to eliminate hazing and provided strong leadership through the years of change that followed. He is a past president of the Fraternity Executives’ Association, namesake of the ZBT Presidents' Leadership Academy, and an NIC Gold Medal Award Winner in 2013.

Nancy Simon Award

Presented from time to time to a Spouse or Partner for outstanding support of ZBT. Named in honor of Nancy Simon, a 65-plus-year supporter of ZBT. Nancy Simon was wife of Past International President Richard S. Simon, Phi (University of Michigan) '43, and matriarch of the Simon family, which is heavily involved in ZBT. She was a role model and supporter to all ZBT and ZBT family members.