Hallmark Award Categories

Chapter Awards | Administrator Awards | Member Awards | Advisor Awards

CHAPTER AWARDS

For the 2018 Hallmark Awards, chapters may write about their activities completed from January to December 2017. Awards will be presented at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst in Kansas City, Missouri, April 19-21, 2018.

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IMPORTANT! Advisors, read these step-by-step instructions first to learn about the NEW process to report Hallmark Awards Chapter Delegates.

Honors in Action Project Awards

Chapters may submit one entry which describes one in-depth Honors in Action Project based on a theme of the current Honors Study Topic. Honors in Action projects incorporate academic research and analysis, leadership roles and leadership development, action (service or advocacy), collaboration and reflection. The current Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Guide is a primary resource to help you develop and implement your Honors in Action Project.

2018 Honors in Action Project Award Application and Judging Rubrics

College Project Awards

Chapters may submit one entry featuring their College Project, described in Level Three of the Five Star Chapter Plan. The purpose of the College Project is to establish and/or strengthen a supportive relationship between the chapter and the college administration. The chapter should meet with the college president (or other appropriate administrator) to determine the College Project, which can be anything that supports the college's mission.

2018 College Project Award Application and Judging Rubrics

Distinguished Chapter Awards

To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project Award. Selection of the Distinguished Chapters will be based solely on the entries for these Hallmark Awards. The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories mentioned above will be averaged to determine a chapter's overall ranking. Individual award entries, such as Distinguished Chapter Officer, Distinguished Advisor, etc., are not taken into account for the purposes of this award. The top 10% of chapters submitting both Honors in Action Project and College Project Awards will be recognized as Distinguished Chapters.

Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Awards

If a chapter is named a Distinguished Chapter three years consecutively, the chapter will be presented the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award. These awards are obtained from averaging a chapter's scores in Honors in Action Project and the College Project. A chapter receiving the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award in 2017 is eligible to receive the Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award in 2018 as well. This award was named for the Beta Alpha Chapter, Blinn College, Brenham, Texas.


ADMINISTRATOR AWARDS

Distinguished College Administrator Awards

The Distinguished College Administrator Awards are awarded to college vice presidents, deans or directors serving at a postsecondary institution with an active Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Nominees should have served in their position for at least three years as of December 6, 2017, and should have demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for the Society. Awards will be presented at the Annual Convention to recipients who choose to attend, but may also be sent directly to the advisor of the nominating chapter for presentation during an appropriate occasion. A college administrator may receive this award only once. Each chapter may submit one nominee. College presidents, campus CEOs and state community college directors are not eligible for this award. Active Phi Theta Kappa advisors are not eligible and should be nominated for an advisor award. Up to 25 Distinguished College Administrator Awards may be presented each year.

2018 Distinguished College Administrator Award Application

Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction

College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. Nominees should have served as president at least three years at the current institution as of December 6, 2017, and demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa. Award recipients must attend the Annual Convention to receive their awards. A college president or campus CEO may receive this award only once. College presidents or campus CEOs of postsecondary institutions with an active Phi Theta Kappa chapter are eligible for this award. As many as 25 Gordon Awards may be presented annually.

2018 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction Application

Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to retiring college presidents and campus CEOs at postsecondary institutions with an active Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Retiring community college state directors who have been supportive of Phi Theta Kappa throughout their careers are also eligible. Nominees should have served in their position at least five years at the current institution, system or state association office as of December 6, 2017. Awards will be presented at the Annual Convention to recipients who choose to attend, but may also be sent directly to the advisor of the nominating chapter for presentation during an appropriate occasion. An unlimited number of these awards may be given.

2018 Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award Application

Distinguished Community College State Director Awards

The Distinguished Community College State Director Awards recognize the contributions of heads of statewide community college associations or systems. Entries for this award demonstrate the Community College State Director's support of Phi Theta Kappa throughout his/her state during his/her term of service. Nominees should have served in their position for at least five years as of December 6, 2017, and demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa. Chapters are encouraged to work with their college president to identify and nominate deserving state directors for this award. Entries may be submitted by a chapter, chapter advisor or Regional Coordinator. Award recipients must agree to attend the Annual Convention to receive their awards. A Community College State Director may receive this award only once. An unlimited number of these awards may be presented.

2018 Distinguished Community College State Director Award Application

NEW for 2018: Board of Trustees Award

Applications due August 1, 2017. The Board of Trustees Award recognizes boards of trustees/directors serving a postsecondary institution with an active Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Nominees for this award demonstrate a strong level of support for the Society. Awards will be presented at the Association of Community College Trustees’ Annual Leadership Congress, but may also be sent directly to the advisor of the nominating chapter for presentation during an appropriate occasion. Up to 10 Board of Trustees Awards may be presented each year. Each chapter may submit one nominee for the Board of Trustees Award. Nominees are strongly encouraged to attend ACCT’s Annual Leadership Congress in Las Vegas, NV, September 25 – 28, 2017. Award recipients will be notified by August 31, 2017. All registration and travel expenses are the responsibility of the award recipients.

Board of Trustees Award Application


MEMBER AWARDS

Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Awards

A chapter advisor may nominate their entire chapter officer team for this award. The officers should demonstrate an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society's Hallmarks.

2018 Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award Application and Judging Rubrics

Distinguished Chapter Officer Awards

Distinguished Chapter Officers are selected based on the recipients' demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society's Hallmarks. International Officers are not eligible for this award during their year of tenure. The chapter may nominate up to two individual officers for this category, including a chapter president. However, team leaders or committee chairpersons who have been appointed (not elected) may not be nominated for this award. A student may receive this award only once.

2018 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award Application and Judging Rubrics

Distinguished Chapter Member Awards

Distinguished Chapter Members are selected based on a student's embodiment of the Hallmarks of the Society through Honors in Action and other chapter activities. Members holding elected office at the chapter, regional or international levels are ineligible for this award. Team leaders or committee chairpersons may be nominated for this award, if their leadership position is by appointment not election. A student may receive this award only once.

2018 Distinguished Chapter Member Award Application and Judging Rubrics


ADVISOR AWARDS

Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Awards

A chapter may nominate their advisor team of two or more for this award. The advisors should demonstrate an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society’s Hallmarks. The Chapter Advisor Team Award nomination should be written and submitted by only the chapter officers and members. Advisors nominated for this award may also be nominated for other individual advisor awards.

2018 Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Award Application and Judging Rubrics

Advisor Individual Awards

Award-winning advisors are those who make significant contributions to the growth of the individual members, serve as the chapter's advocate on campus, and encourage the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international levels of the organization. Years of service will be based upon the advisor's start date reported to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters.

Paragon Awards for New Advisors - Advisors with less than four years of service as of January 10, 2018. An advisor may receive this award only once.

Distinguished Advisor Awards - Advisors with at least four or more years of service as of January 10, 2018. An advisor may receive this award only once

Continued Excellence Awards for Advisors - Advisors must have already received the Distinguished Advisor Award. Once an advisor has received the Distinguished Advisor Award, he/she will be eligible for the Continued Excellence Award for Advisors the following year. Advisors are eligible to win this award every other year.

2018 Advisor Awards Application and Judging Rubrics (Paragon Advisor, Distinguished Advisor, and Continued Excellence Advisor Awards)