Planning and completing a College Project is a great way to establish or strengthen a relationship between your chapter and your college administration.
“So many times, we’ll see chapters that just describe their projects qualitatively, but we also want to see how you made an impact quantitatively,” Bryant said.
Tips from the Trenches
Harris and Linder shared tips they have learned through their experiences as chapter advisors. A big one — particularly when completing the College Project Hallmark Award application — is to focus on the process, not the project itself.
“Don’t focus so much on what the project is; focus on how you got to the project selection, how you worked to get it together and what the outcome was,” Harris said.
Communication among the chapter and the college administration should be intentional and ongoing. Leadership development should also be intentional, providing training to chapter officers and members that will directly impact the success of the College Project.
And, be sure to keep a journal, both as a team and individually.
The Writing Process
As you begin the Hallmark Award application process, be specific with your answers. Who did you meet with? Who did what? Why were certain decisions or choices made?
“Don’t just paint a picture like everything was beautiful and rosy,” Linder said. “We want to see the stuff where things went wrong as well, because that’s part of the process, and you learn from the process. Put everything in there — the good and the bad and how you overcame the roadblocks.”
Edits should go before at least three groups: peers, advisors and outsiders. Track changes through each edit, and read your entry out loud.
Submit your entry early, and, most importantly, do not miss the deadline. Applications are due to Headquarters by 5 p.m. CT on January 25, 2017.