Awards For Students, Student Senates, Alumni & Alumni Senates

 

  • Awards for Students

    • Scholarship Certificate and Key

      Second only to the Order of the Coif in difficulty and eligibility, this award is available only to members who have attained a class standing in the top 7 « percent of their junior class or the top 15 percent of their senior class. In the alternative, at those law schools where such percentage determinations are not made available, senior students with a grade point average of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale or a letter grade average of B or better, qualify for the award. Eligibility for this award requires certification by the school and that the student be an International member in good standing with his or her Student Senate. A scholarship report form can be obtained from the Master Scholar or the International Office to apply for the certificate, which is issued at no charge to all eligible members. Recipients of such certificates are entitled to purchase a Delta Theta Phi Scholarship Key at cost. Alumni may apply for this award if they qualified while a student.

    • William H. Thomas Award for Oral Advocacy

      The late Chancellor, William H. Thomas, established this award for professional advocacy because of his great interest in oral advocacy and trial law. This award, supplemented by an additional gift from distinguished alumnus Clarence W. Pierce, is presented to the student delegates who, in making their reports at the biennial convention, demonstrate the highest excellence in oral advocacy. They are judged upon the overall effectiveness of their five minute presentations, including outlook, logic, and matters or significance to the Fraternity, both locally and internationally. There are cash awards for the first, second, and third place winners who are selected by a special committee appointed by the Chancellor at each convention.

    • Joseph M. Perry, Jr. Award for Parliamentary Advocacy

      This award was established by a trust endowed in memory of Margaret Depp Benzinger and managed by the Delta Theta Phi Foundation. It provides awards at the biennial convention to students who best exemplify the art of oral advocacy in parliamentary proceedings.

    • Walter H.E. “Doc” Jaeger Memorial Award

      This award, established in 1984, was created by the Delta Theta Phi Foundation in memory of the last past Chancellor, Walter H.E. Jaeger. It is a certificate acknowledging scholastic excellence and will be made to the Delta Theta Phi student member at each senate with the highest scholastic standing, provided that he or she achieved an “A” average or its equivalent in first year Contracts. Qualified members should have their Tribune send a statement indicating that the member has the highest scholastic standing at the senate and enclosing a copy of the member’s transcript to the International Office.

    • Outstanding Student Awards

      Presentations or recommendations for the Outstanding Student Awards for each school year are to be submitted to the National Office on or before June 1st in odd-numbered years, June 30th in even-numbered years. Letters of recommendation and commendation from State or District Chancellors, other Fraternity officers, and other appropriate persons, may be included as part of such presentations. No particular form is prescribed but all submissions should be legible, typewritten, and professional in appearance and content.

      The criteria by which competing students are to be evaluated for this award is as follows:

      1. The activities and record of the students as a whole.
      2. Achievements of the student in the name of the Fraternity.
      3. Honors received by the individual in the field of law.
      4. Participation of the individual in connection with law journals and other publications.
      5. Participation by the member in student bar and law association work.
      6. Scholastic standing of the student.
      7. Participation of the student in Senate activities.
      8. Participation in the work of student legal aid.
      9. Athletic achievements of the student.
      10. Participation of the student in expansion and reactivation activities.
  • Student Senate Awards

    • Scholarship Cup

      The Scholarship Cup is a large engraved cup, which is presented each year to the Student Senate whose membership in the prior school year obtained the highest positive differential between that of its membership and the all-school average. The award of the Fraternity Scholarship Cup is in recognition of the collective achievements of a Student Senate and the attainment of such an award is dependent upon the individual initiative and scholastic interest of each member of the Senate.

      Established in 1923, the national competition for the Scholarship Cup by Student Senates has always been keen and repeat winners are infrequent. Only four Student Senates, Webster, Robinson, Snyder, and Ellsworth, have won permanent possession of the Cup. In 1951, the Supreme Senate provided for the award of a permanent plaque to the Student Any Senate, which had held the Cup for less than the three years, required for permanent possession.

      A scholarship report form can be obtained from the Master Scholar or the National Office for a Senate to apply for the Cup competition. The Master Scholar prior to September 30th of each year must receive all applications for the Scholarship Cup competition.

    • Alden L. Doud Memorial Award

      This award was established to honor the memory of the late Master of Rolls, Alden L. Doud, and to encourage membership growth among Student Senates. The award is presented annually, using a July 1 to June 30 year for computation, to the Student Senate with the largest percentage increase in membership as determined by the Master of Rolls. There is no need to apply for this award. It is the responsibility of the Master of the Rolls to perform the necessary computations and to announce the winner annually.

    • Horace L. Lohnes Memorial Award

      This award was created to honor the memory of the late Chancellor, Horace L. Lohnes, and also to encourage membership growth among Student Senates. The award is presented annually, using a July 1 to June 30 year for computation, to the Student Senate with the largest percentage increase in membership as determined by the Master of Rolls. There is no need to apply for this award. It is the responsibility of the Master of the Rolls to perform the necessary computations and to announce the winner annually.

    • Century Senate Award

      This award, established February 1979, is presented annually to each Student Senate initiating 100 or more new members during the fiscal year, to further recognize outstanding Student Senate growth. There is no need to apply for this award. It is the responsibility of the Master of Rolls to determine and to announce the winners annually.

    • Outstanding Student Senate Awards

      Presentations or recommendati6ns for the Outstanding Student Senate Awards for each school year are to be submitted to the National Office on or before June 1st in odd numbered years, June 30 in even-numbered years. Letters of recommendation and commendation from State or District Chancellors, other Fraternity officers, and other appropriate persons, may be included as part of such presentations. No particular form is prescribed but all submissions should be legible, typewritten, and professional in appearance and content.

      The items considered in determining the Outstanding Student Senate Awards include the following:

      1. The activities, programs, functions, and record of the Senate as a whole.
      2. Achievements of the members in the name of the Fraternity.
      3. Honors received by individual members in the field of law.
      4. Participation of the members in connection with law journals and other publications.
      5. Participation of the members in student bar and law association work.
      6. General scholastic standing of the Senate.
      7. Senate projects involving the entire law school.
      8. Participation of members in the work of student legal aid.
      9. Athletic achievements of the members.
      10. Campus achievements by the Senate as a whole.
      11. Participation with other Senates in Fraternity activities.
      12. Participation with an Alumni Senate in its activities and in joining projects.
      13. Timely filing of reports required by the Fraternity.
      14. Timely filing of Senate news for The Paper Book.
      15. Participation of the Senate members in expansion and reactivation activities.
    • Awards for Individual  Events

      New awards, established in 2007-2008, recognize those senates which display a strong program or programs in specific areas. Senates are recognized for the following, and are determined based on submissions and information from the annual Student Senate Report:

      1. Professional Program of the Year
      2. Academic Program of the Year
      3. Networking Event of the Year
      4. Charitable Program of the Year
      5. Most Improved Senate of the Year
      6. Best Reactivation of the Year
  • Awards for Alumni

    • Percy J. Power Memorial Award

      This award was established to honor the late Chancellor, Percy J. Power, and is presented biennially to the three outstanding alumni of the past biennium as determined by the Supreme Senate. The National Office must receive nominations by June 1st prior to the convention.

    • Clarence W. Pierce Award

      This award was established to honor the distinguished alumnus, Clarence W. Pierce, of Seattle, Washington, who has been an active member of the Fraternity for over half a century. It is presented biennially to the member who has done the most to assist the Fraternity in the area of expansion and reactivation. A committee composed of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and Master of Rolls determines the winner. The National Office must receive nominations by June 1st prior to the convention.

    • Outstanding Professor Award

      This award is presented annually to the outstanding law professor and is determined by a committee composed of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and Master Scholar. The National Office must receive nominations by June 1st in odd-numbered years, and June 30th in even-numbered years.

    • Silver Medallion

      The Silver Medallion Award is presented for outstanding and extraordinary service to the Fraternity. This award is one of the Fraternity’s more prestigious awards. It is given only by resolution of the Supreme Senate.

    • Gold Medallion

      The Gold Medallion Award is presented for outstanding and extraordinary service to the Fraternity over an extended period of time. This award is one of the Fraternity’s highest awards and second only to the Diamond Crowned Badge. It is given only by resolution of the International Senate or the Supreme Senate.

    • Diamond Crowned Badge

      The Diamond Crowned Badge is the Fraternity’s highest award and is only awarded by resolution of the International Senate. Those members receiving this award have exemplified the objectives of Delta Theta Phi through their actions and service to the Fraternity. By tradition, this award is usually made to the immediate Past Chancellor.

  • Awards for Former Members of the Sigma Nu Phi

    • Wayne Childs Award

      This award was established to honor the late Lord High Chancellor, Wayne Childs. It is presented biennially to those former Sigma Nu Phi members who are not actively involved in the practice of law, who are determined by the Supreme Senate to have performed outstanding service to the community as a whole and/or to the Fraternity. The International Office must receive nominations by June 1st prior to the convention.

    • Frederick E. Lange Award

      This award was established to honor former Lord High Chancellor, Frederick E. Lange. It is presented annually to those former Sigma Nu Phi members who have been of outstanding assistance to the Fraternity, with special emphasis upon their service to student members and student senates. A committee composed of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and Master of Rolls determines the awardees. The International Office must receive nominations by June 1st in odd-numbered years, June 3 0th in even-numbered years.

  • Awards for Alumni Senates

    • Outstanding Alumni Senate Award

      This award is presented to the outstanding Alumni Senate each year as determined by the Chancellor, using service to the Fraternity, with emphasis on service to students & alumni, as the criteria. Applications must be received by June 1st in odd-numbered years, and June 30th in even-numbered years.