Peterson Significant Chapter Award
The Peterson Significant Chapter Award, sponsored annually by the Sigma Chi Foundation, is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. Named for 38th Grand Consul J. Dwight Peterson, INDIANA 1919, the award recognizes excellent, but not impossible, performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. For many years, the Peterson plaque has been a symbol of dedication, idealism and achievement.
There is no minimum or maximum number of chapters that may win the award in any given year. Award criteria are assigned on an objective scale and encompass the entire gamut of chapter activities, from financial stability and recruitment, to chapter and member reputation, to Ritual and Initiation performance. Because chapter operations vary among campuses and chapters, each chapter measures itself against these absolute Sigma Chi standards, rather than against other chapters.
Winners of the J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award will be those chapters whose evaluation of the information included in their Annual Report submission yields a result of 90 percent or higher. There are two levels of distinction for chapters who achieve a significantly high score in winning the J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award:
J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Gold Award
To achieve this award, chapters must achieve a 97 percent or higher on the score ascribed to their annual report. These chapters will receive a gold embossed seal on the certificate and be specially recognized at Balfour Leadership Training Workshop.
J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Blue Award
Chapters winning this award will be those chapters that score between a 90–96.99 percent on the score ascribed to their annual report. These chapters will receive a blue embossed seal on their award certificate and will receive the award at Balfour LTW.
To view a list of past recipients by year, please click here.
To view a list of past recipients by chapter, please click here.