**Award Descriptions and Past Recipients**

**Garnet and Gold Award of Academic Excellence**

Any chapter, provisional chapter, or owl club which has achieved a chapter GPA in excess of the all-men’s average (or all-campus average, as appropriate) for their campus for each semester, may be given an Award of Academic Excellence.

This award was created by the 134th Convention in 1977, modified by the 152nd Convention in 1995, renamed by the 154th Convention 1997 and again modified by the 161st and 167th Conventions in 2004 and 2010 respectively.

**Awarded at the 179^{th} Convention**

Zeta, Upsilon, Eta, Epsilon Nu, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi

**Upsilon, Eta, Chi Delta**

**Awarded at the 178**^{th }Convention**Delta, Omega, Beta Beta, Eta, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Chi Delta, Alpha Omicron**

**Awarded at the 177**^{th }Convention

**Awarded at the 2020 Digital Summit**Delta, Psi, Xi, Omega, Beta Beta, Eta, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Gamma Tau, Chi Delta, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 176**^{th }ConventionTau, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Chi Delta, Lambda Sigma, Delta Nu, Tau Epsilon

**Awarded at the 175**^{th }ConventionZeta, Beta Beta, Tau, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 174**^{th}ConventionDelta, Zeta, Phi, Omega, Tau, Lambda Sigma, Delta Nu

**Awarded at the 173**^{rd}ConventionZeta, Pi, Omicron, Lambda Sigma, Delta Nu

**Awarded at the 172**^{nd}Convention:Zeta, Pi, Tau, Chi Delta, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 171**^{st}Convention:Zeta, Pi, Chi, Tau, Theta Theta, Chi Delta, Epsilon Iota

**Awarded at the 170**^{th}Convention:Chi, Tau, Omicron, Gamma Tau, Chi Delta, Epsilon Iota, Delta Nu

**Awarded at the 169**^{th}Convention:Zeta, Phi, Pi, Tau, Gamma Tau, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 168**^{th}Convention:Zeta, Phi, Pi, Chi, Gamma Tau, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi

**Phi, Tau, Gamma Tau, Sigma Phi**

**Awarded at the 167**

^{th}Convention:Prior to the 167th Convention, a chapter could also receive the Garnet and Gold award for a chapter GPA exceeding 3.0, in addition to exceeding the campus average.

**Awarded at the 166 ^{th }Convention**

Zeta, Phi, Chi, Omicron, Theta Theta, Chi Delta, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 165**^{th }ConventionZeta, Xi, Phi, Pi, Theta Theta, Chi Delta, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 164**^{th }ConventionZeta, Xi, Phi, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 163**^{rd }ConventionZeta, Phi, Pi, Theta Theta, Lambda Sigma, St. Francis Colony

**Awarded at the 162**^{nd}ConventionZeta, Phi, Pi, Chi, Eta, Tau, Theta Theta, Zeta Zeta, Chi Delta, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 161**^{st}ConventionPhi, Beta Beta, Eta, Tau, Chi Delta, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron

Prior to the 161st Convention, a chapter could only receive the Garnet and Gold award for a chapter GPA exceeding 3.0, but not for exceeding the campus average.

**Awarded at the 160 ^{th} Convention**

Zeta, Upsilon, Phi, Theta Theta, Gamma Tau, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 159**^{th}Convention:Zeta, Phi, Tau, Epsilon Iota

**Awarded at the 158**^{th}Convention:Zeta, Upsilon, Phi, Tau, Epsilon Iota, Beta Kappa, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 157**^{th}Convention:Zeta, Upsilon, Epsilon Iota, Chi Delta, Beta Kappa, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 156**^{th}Convention:Upsilon, Epsilon Iota, Beta Kappa, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 155**^{th}Convention:Upsilon, Omega, Chi, Epsilon Nu, Beta Kappa, Lambda Sigma

**Zeta, Upsilon, Tau, Chi Delta, Phi Beta, Beta Kappa, Lambda Sigma**

**Awarded at the 154**

^{th}Convention:**Awarded at the 153**

^{rd}Convention:Eta, Epsilon Omega, Epsilon Iota, Beta Kappa

**Awarded at the 152**

^{nd}ConventionTheta, Zeta, Lambda, Epsilon, Epsilon Omega, Phi Beta, Beta Alpha, Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta

Prior to the 152nd Convention in 1995, only chapters that strongly distinguished themselves in academic excellence would be eligible for the award.

**Awarded at the 151 ^{st} Convention**

Phi, Kappa

**Awarded at the 150**

^{th}ConventionChi

**Awarded at the 149**

^{th}ConventionXi, Beta Kappa

**Awarded at the 148**

^{th}ConventionPhi, Beta Kappa

**Awarded at the 147**

^{th}ConventionEpsilon Iota

**Awarded at the 14**6^{th}ConventionEpsilon Phi

**Awarded at the 14**5^{th}ConventionGamma

**Awarded at the 14**4^{th}ConventionEpsilon Iota

**Awarded at the 14**3^{rd}ConventionChi Delta

**Awarded at the 14**2^{nd}ConventionOmega

**Awarded at the 14**1^{st}ConventionZeta

**Awarded at the 14**0^{th}ConventionZeta

**Awarded at the 1**39^{th}ConventionOmicron

**Awarded at the 1**38^{th}ConventionZeta

**Awarded at the 1**37^{th}ConventionEta

**Awarded at the 136**

^{th}ConventionGamma Tau

**Awarded at the 135**

^{th}**Convention**

Zeta

**Owl Award for Exceptional Academic Performance**

Any chapter, provisional chapter, or owl club, which demonstrates a truly significant academic achievement, may be given an award for exceptional academic performance based on the following criteria:

a) Rank on campus in relation to other fraternities;

b) The magnitude by which a chapter’s GPA exceeds the all-men’s GPA on their campus;

c) The increase in GPA from fall to spring semester or from last year to this year;

d) The GPA itself; and

e) Such other criteria as may from time-to-time be deemed to be significant.

This award was created by the 152nd Convention in 1995 and renamed by the 154th Convention in 1997.

**Awarded at the 179 ^{th} Convention**

Zeta, Upsilon, Eta, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron

**Awarded at the 178**^{th }ConventionDelta, Xi, Eta

**Awarded at the 177**^{th }ConventionDelta, Zeta, Upsilon, Phi, Omega, Tau, Omicron, Zeta Zeta, Epsilon Nu, Gamma Tau, Alpha Omicron

**Awarded at the 2020 Digital Summit**Delta, Zeta, Xi, Tau, Epsilon Nu, Epsilon Iota, Delta Omicron Provisional

**Awarded at the 176**

Xi, Omega, Lambda Sigma, Delta Nu

^{th}Convention**Awarded at the 175**

^{th }ConventionZeta, Upsilon, Zeta Zeta, Sigma Phi, Delta Nu

**Awarded at the 174**

^{th }ConventionUpsilon, Phi, Epsilon Nut, Delta Nu

**Awarded at the 173**

^{rd }ConventionZeta, Omicron, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 172**

^{nd }ConventionZeta, Pi, Omicron, Chi Delta

**Awarded at the 171**

^{st }ConventionZeta, Theta Theta, Rho

**Awarded at the 170**

Omega, Epsilon Iota

^{th}Convention**Awarded at the 169**

^{th }ConventionZeta, Pi, Tau

**Awarded at the 168**

^{th }ConventionZeta, Phi, Pi, Chi, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 167**

^{th }ConventionPhi, Gamma Tau, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 166**

^{th }ConventionZeta, Phi

**Awarded at the 165**

^{th }ConventionZeta, Phi

**Awarded at the 164**

^{th}ConventionZeta, Phi, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 163**

^{rd}ConventionZeta, Theta Theta

**Awarded at the 162**

^{nd}ConventionEta, Chi Delta

**Awarded at the 161**

^{st}ConventionEta, Chi Delta, Epsilon Iota, Alpha Omicron

**Awarded at the 160**

^{th}ConventionEpsilon Iota

**Awarded at the 159**

^{th}ConventionTheta Theta

**Awarded at the 158**

^{th}ConventionOmicron, Beta Kappa

**Awarded at the 157**

^{th}ConventionBeta Kappa

**Awarded at the 156**

Upsilon, Beta Kappa, Lambda Sigma

^{th}Convention**Awarded at the 155**

^{th}ConventionBeta Kappa

**Awarded at the 154**

^{th}ConventionChi Delta, Beta Kappa

**Awarded at the 153**

^{rd}ConventionEpsilon Iota, Beta Kappa

**Awarded at the 152**

^{nd}ConventionZeta, Lambda, Beta Kappa

**Clasped Hand Award for Outstanding Philanthropy & Service**

This award is presented to chapters that have devoted significant time and effort to philanthropic efforts and community service. This award was created by the 160th Convention in 2003.

**Awarded at the 179 ^{th} Convention**

Pi, Tau, Lambda Sigma, Phi Nu

**Upsilon, Phi, Pi, Theta Theta, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron, Delta Omicron Prov.**

**Awarded at the 178**

^{th }Convention**Zeta, Pi, Beta Beta, Rho, Omicron, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron**

**Awarded at the 177**^{th }Convention

**Awarded at the 2020 Digital Summit**Zeta, Pi, Beta Beta, Tau, Rho, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 176**

^{th}ConventionZeta, Tau, Rho, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron, Phi Nu, Tau Epsilon

**Awarded at the 175**

^{th}ConventionDelta, Zeta, Pi, Xi, Tau, Rho, Gamma Tau, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron, Sigma Phi, Delta Nu, Phi Nu, Tau Epsilon

**Awarded at the 174**

^{th}ConventionZeta, Phi, Pi, Omicron, Zeta Zeta, Lambda Sigma, Delta Nu, Phi Nu

**Awarded at the 173**

^{rd}ConventionZeta, Pi, Tau, Theta Theta, Epsilon Nu, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron

**Awarded at the 172**

^{nd}ConventionZeta, Pi, Tau, Theta Theta, Epsilon Nu, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma, Alpha Omicron

**Awarded at the 171**

^{st}ConventionZeta, Epsilon Nu, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 170**

Zeta, Eta, Tau, Theta Theta, Phi Delta, Alpha Omicron, Delta Nu

^{th}Convention**Awarded at the 169**

^{th}ConventionZeta, Chi, Tau, Omicron, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 168**

^{th}ConventionChi, Eta, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Lambda Sigma, Phi Delta, Delta Nu

**Awarded at the 167**

^{th}ConventionXi, Pi, Chi, Eta, Tau, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Chi Delta, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma, Delta Nu

**Awarded at the 166**

^{th}ConventionXi, Omicron, Zeta, Eta, Beta Beta, Phi, Pi, Sigma Phi, Delta Nu, Phi Delta

**Awarded at the 165**

^{th}ConventionXi, Psi, Iota, Upsilon, Pi, Beta Beta

**Awarded at the 164**

^{th }ConventionZeta, Xi, Tau, Chi, Beta Beta, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Chi Delta, Epsilon Iota, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi

**Awarded at the 163**

^{rd}ConventionXi, Phi, Chi, Beta Beta, Eta, Theta Theta, Epsilon Iota, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma, St. Francis Colony

**Awarded at the 162**

^{nd}ConventionGamma, Zeta, Iota, Eta, Tau, Phi Delta, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 161**

^{st}ConventionPsi, Beta Beta, Eta, Tau, Omicron, Gamma Tau, Lambda Sigma

**Diamond Award for Exceptional Chapters**

This award recognizes chapters that distinguish themselves by exceeding the Psi Upsilon Fraternity chapter standards. During visits to the chapters the staff assesses each chapter on its adherence to the standards and other subjective criteria, and then makes a recommendation to the Convention. More than one chapter can receive this award in any year and the Convention has the discretion to grant honorable mention to chapters which are nominated but do not receive the award. Delegates from the nominated chapters may be asked to make a brief presentation to the Committee or Convention.

This award was created by the 153rd Convention in 1996 and renamed by the 154th Convention in 1997.

**Awarded at the 179^{th} Convention**

Gamma Tau

**Awarded at the 2020 Digital Summit**Zeta, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 176**

^{th}ConventionUpsilon

**Awarded at the 175**

^{th}ConventionUpsilon, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 174**

^{th}ConventionLambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 173**

^{rd}ConventionLambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 172**

^{nd}ConventionPi

**Awarded at the 171**

^{st}ConventionZeta, Tau

**Awarded at the 170**

Zeta

^{th}Convention**Awarded at the 169**

^{th }ConventionXi, Tau

**Awarded at the 168**

^{th}ConventionXi, Tau, Chi, Chi Delta

**Awarded at the 167**

^{th }ConventionZeta, Xi

**Awarded at the 166**

^{th}ConventionZeta, Xi

**Awarded at the 165**

^{th }ConventionXi, Beta Beta

**Awarded at the 164**

^{th }ConventionXi, Tau

**Awarded at the 163**

^{rd}ConventionTheta Theta

**Awarded at the 162**

^{nd}ConventionChi

**Awarded at the 159**

^{th}ConventionChi

**Awarded at the 156**

^{th}ConventionEpsilon Iota, Beta Kappa

**Awarded at the 155**

^{th}ConventionChi, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 154**

^{th}ConventionChi

**Award of Distinction**

The Award of Distinction was established by the 142nd Convention in 1985 to recognize Psi Upsilon chapters when they perform in an extraordinary manner. The award may be given annually to one or more chapters for any project, service, program, activity, or accomplishment performed during the year, which merits special recognition. Nominations, which may be made by undergraduates, alumni, Executive Council member, or Fraternity staff members, should be forwarded to the International Office by June 1st and include full details on the project, service, program, activity, or accomplishment for which the chapter is being considered. The Convention shall determine which chapters, if any, should receive the Award of Distinction.

**Awarded at the 177^{th }Convention**Pi, Gamma Tau, Chi Delta, Phi Beta Owl Club, Tau Epsilon

**Awarded at the 2020 Digital Summit**Zeta

*(for the work of Sacha Pritzker, Zeta ’22 (Dartmouth) who helped found Fuel Our Heroes, a nonprofit which has raised over $200,000 for frontline workers fighting COVID-19)*

Xi *(for the work of Lars Delin, Xi ’22 (Wesleyan) co-founded Support a Pal, which socially supported Senior Citizens by organizing remote phone conversations and interactions in lieu of in person visits to help combat loneliness and for the work of Jason Pinter, Xi ’03 (Wesleyan) whose company, Polis Books, published a special short story collection where all proceeds went to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit that helps booksellers)*

Tau *(rather than reimbursing individual brothers the remainder of their activity dues, made a donation to the PHL COVID-19 fund to assist the local Philadelphia Community)*

Epsilon Iota *(for the work of Jean-Etienne LaVallee, Epsilon Iota ’94 (RPI) who, with other 3D makers in Virginia, created the MakeItThru Alliance to produce medical community approved face shields)*

Sigma Phi *(for the work of Jared Atkins, Sigma Phi ’08 (St. Francis University); shifted production of his distillery, Bluebird Distilling, to formulating hand sanitizer which was in short supply***Awarded at the 176 ^{th} Convention**

Epsilon Iota

*(for the creation of their “Wellness Chairmanship” and their hosting of faculty dinners on campus)*

Lambda Sigma

*(for their continued commitment to Community Service and Philanthropy)*

Sigma Phi

*(for overall improvement in academics, service, and recruitment efforts)*

Phi Nu

*(for the relationship they’ve built with Hidenwood Elementary and the growth of the “Friends of Phi Nu” program)*

**Awarded at the 175 ^{th} Convention**

Zeta, Phi, Zeta Zeta, Epsilon Nu, Epsilon Iota, Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi, Phi Nu

**Awarded at the 174 ^{th} Convention**

Upsilon, Tau, Lambda Sigma, Phi Nu

**Awarded at the 173 ^{rd} Convention**

Pi, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 172 ^{nd} Convention**

Zeta, Pi, Theta Theta, Epsilon Nu, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 171 ^{st} Convention**

Epsilon Nu, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 170 ^{th} Convention**Zeta, Xi, Tau

**Awarded at the 169 ^{th} Convention**

Eta, Epsilon Nu, Lambda Sigma

**Awarded at the 168 ^{th }Convention**

Theta Theta, Eta, Omicron, Chi Delta, Gamma Tau

**Awarded at the 167 ^{th }Convention**

Xi, Pi, Chi, Eta, Tau, Omicron, Epsilon Nu, Phi Delta, Phi Nu

**Awarded at the 166 ^{th} Convention**

Eta

*(hosted a band benefit party to aid the Alpha Omicron chapter which suffered a fire at their chapter house)*

**Awarded at the 165 ^{th }Convention**

Chi Delta

**Awarded at the 164 ^{th} Convention**

Xi

*(held a banquet in honor of the late Captain Joseph Pugano of the Middletown Fire Department)*

Pi

*(recruited 29 new members in the 2006-2007 school year)*

Beta Beta

*(not only improved its community service, but also reached out to the surrounding Hartford community)*

Tau

*(distinguished itself in the Dinner: Impossible episode where it hosted University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutman)*

Omicron

*(increased its fund-raising and made improvements to the chapter house)*

Theta Theta

*(its annual Founder’s Day dinner is the largest annual gathering of Psi U’s in the world)*

Epsilon Iota

*(eliminated its debt to the alumni association and improved its financial performance)*

**Awarded at the 163 ^{rd} Convention**

Alpha Omicron

*(demonstrated true spirit of Psi Upsilon through the Phoenix Awards Banquet)*

Zeta

*(development of the Robert and Evelyn Kaiser Fund which provides text books for brothers)*

**Awarded at the 162 ^{nd} Convention**

Zeta Zeta

*(restoring chapter vitality over the past year)*

Alpha Omicron

*(demonstrating unparalleled commitment to its fellow chapters of Psi Upsilon)*

**Awarded at the 161 ^{st} Convention**

Epsilon Nu

*(for revitalizing the chapter after a particularly difficult period)*

**Awarded at the 158 ^{th} Convention**

Omicron

*(for exemplifying the very essence of fraternal bonds, performing in an extraordinary manner following the loss of their brother, Salvatore “Sam” Leo Biardo III, Class of 2004)*

**Awarded at the 157 ^{th} Convention**

Zeta

*(for leadership, maturity, intelligence and heartfelt passion for fraternity during a turbulent, difficult, and extremely critical time)*

**Awarded at the 156 ^{th} Convention**

Omega

*(for creating a forum of debate and discussion in its campus and community)*

**Awarded at the 151 ^{st} Convention**

Kappa

*(for outstanding sustained achievement in philanthropic and community service)*

**Awarded at the 150 ^{th} Convention**

Beta Kappa

*(for outstanding sustained achievement in philanthropic and community service)*

**Awarded at the 149 ^{th} Convention**

Xi

*(for outstanding achievement in its “Big Brother” program)*

**Awarded at the 148 ^{th} Convention**

Chi, Epsilon, Epsilon Omega, Epsilon Iota, Phi Beta

**Awarded at the 147 ^{th} Convention**

Psi, Chi

**Awarded at the 146 ^{th} Convention**

Pi, Tau, Gamma Tau

**Awarded at the 145 ^{th} Convention**

Delta, Pi, Phi Beta, Zeta Tau

**Awarded at the 144 ^{th} Convention**

Zeta

*(for outstanding endeavors in providing diabetic children with positive recreational activities)*

**Awarded at the 143 ^{rd} Convention**

Epsilon Nu

*(for ongoing years of dedication to the recreation of a local home for mentally handicapped children)*

Chi

*(for their involvement in their community)*

Omicron

*(for their leadership role in the Statue of Liberty Triathlon, raising $12,000)*

Sigma

*(for its recognition as “Fraternity of the Year” in its first year of existence)*