Awards

Our National Organization prides itself on the outstanding achievements of our collegiate chapters and individual members. To recognize these accomplishments, the Sigma Delta Tau National Awards are granted annually. The National Awards are Sigma Delta Tau’s most prestigious recognition and our highest honor. Full descriptions of the awards follow the recent year’s winners:

SDT NATIONAL AWARDS 2017-18

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Diamond Chapter, Alpha Tau-George Washington University, won Chapter of the Year on their campus this year. They also received seven additional national awards!

Diamond Chapters

  • Alpha Beta-University of Rhode Island
  • Alpha Iota-Tulane University
  • Alpha Mu-University of Miami
  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Gamma Chi-SUNY Geneseo
  • Delta Epsilon-Emory University

Prevent Child Abuse America Award

  • Eta-University of Georgia
  • Alpha Theta-University of Maryland
  • Alpha Mu-University of Miami
  • Gamma Eta-University of South Florida
  • Gamma Xi-Montclair State University
  • Gamma Sigma-Johnson & Wales University
  • Delta Zeta-Rutgers University – Camden
  • Delta Omicron-Kent State University

Honorable Mention

  • Rho-University of Alabama
  • Gamma Delta-American University

Jewish Women International Fundraising Award 

  • Gamma Eta-University of South Florida
  • Gamma Sigma-Johnson & Wales University
  • Delta Iota-Nova Southeastern University

Honorable Mention:

  • Rho-University of Alabama
  • Omega-Syracuse University
  • Alpha Iota-Tulane University
  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University

Philanthropic/Fundraising Award (non-SDT Philanthropy)

  • Phi-Penn State University
  • Alpha Beta-University of Rhode Island
  • Gamma Sigma-Johnson & Wales University

Honorable Mention:

  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Gamma Xi-Montclair State University

Community Service Award 

  • Alpha Iota-Tulane University
  • Gamma Rho-Ramapo College

Empowering Women Award

  • Beta-University of Pennsylvania
  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Beta Pi-University of Rochester

Honorable Mention:

  • Gamma Pi-University of Tampa

New Member Programming Award

  • Eta-University of Georgia
  • Gamma Xi-Montclair State University

Honorable Mention:

  • Alpha Theta-University of Maryland
  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Gamma Nu-SUNY New Paltz

Sisterhood Programming Award

  • Alpha-Cornell University
  • Alpha Theta-University of Maryland

Outstanding Chapter Programming Award

  • Alpha Theta-University of Maryland
  • Beta Pi-University of Rochester
  • Gamma Lambda-Florida State University

Honorable Mention:

  • Beta Theta-LIU Post
  • Gamma Sigma-Johnson & Wales University

Recruitment Award winner, Alpha-Cornell University, welcomed new members in February 2018.

Outstanding Recruitment Award

  • Alpha-Cornell University
  • Alpha Iota-Tulane University
  • Gamma Tau-Columbia University

Honorable Mention:

  • Alpha Beta-University of Rhode Island
  • Delta Epsilon-Emory University
  • Delta Theta-Pace University

Recruitment Progress Award:

  • Rho-University of Alabama
  • Alpha Mu-University of Miami
  • Beta Beta-Michigan State University
  • Gamma Lambda-Florida State University

Outstanding Scholarship Programming Award

  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Gamma Upsilon-SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Delta Nu-Stevens Institute of Technology

Honorable Mention:

  • Alpha Theta-University of Maryland
  • Alpha Mu-University of Miami
  • Delta Zeta-Rutgers University, Camden

Outstanding Alumnae Programming Award

  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Gamma Theta-SUNY Cortland

Honorable Mention:

  • Beta Tau-Rutgers University
  • Delta Zeta-Rutgers University, Camden

Rising Star Award

  • Rho-University of Alabama
  • Gamma Epsilon-SUNY Oneonta

Hospitality Award

  • Tau-University of Texas
  • Phi-Penn State University
  • Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Beta Chi-University of Kansas
  • Gamma Epsilon-SUNY Oneonta
  • Gamma Xi-Montclair State University
  • Delta Nu-Stevens Institute of Technology

Sister-to-Sister Foundation Giving

Top Donor

  • Kappa-University of Illinois

Highest Giving Per Member

  • Alpha Upsilon-Bradley University

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Hall of Fame

  • Samantha Buchner, Delta Zeta-Rutgers University, Camden
  • Sarah Callaby, Rho-University of Alabama
  • Nicki Gold, Chi-University of Michigan
  • Nicole Loiacono, Delta Lambda-Farmingdale State College
  • Isabel Margola, Gamma Delta-American University
  • Samantha Matalone, Gamma Xi-Montclair State University
  • Tara Olson, Alpha Tau-George Washington University
  • Hannah Stone, Beta Tau-Rutgers University
  • Bethanie Tabachnik, Delta Epsilon-Emory University
  • Christina Wai, Gamma Rho-Ramapo College

Senior of the Year, Samantha Matalone, will serve as a Leadership Consultant for 2018-19.

Outstanding Senior Award

  • Samantha Matalone, Gamma Xi-Montclair State University

Ruth Metzger Katz Outstanding Junior Award

  • Gabriella Lipschitz, Beta Pi-University of Rochester

Outstanding Sophomore Award

  • Jamie Gottlieb, Gamma Delta-American University

Outstanding New Member Award

  • Ali Isaacman, Phi-Penn State University
  • Anya Losik, Gamma Mu-Northeastern University

Regene Freund Cohane Outstanding Chapter President Award

  • Tara Olson, Alpha Tau-George Washington University

Patricia Jackson Linderman Outstanding Chapter Treasurer Award

  • Emily Schmidt, Tau-University of Texas

Harriet Burgheim Rodenberg Panhellenic Leadership Award

  • Maxine Wiesenfeld, Psi-University of Massachusetts

Chickie Loewenstein Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award

  • Samantha Herman, for advising Rho-University of Alabama
  • Tiffani Ziemann, for advising Alpha-Cornell University

Sisterhood Service Award (National Council)

  • Amy Rodnick, Beta Beta-Michigan State University
  • Jessica Ryan, Gamma Eta-University of South Florida

About the Awards

Outstanding Senior Award: This award is presented to a dedicated senior who has gained the respect and recognition of her peers, sorority, university and possibly her community.  She must have held an elected office in her SDT Chapter, Panhellenic, or in a campus organization, and must be an active member of the chapter as a senior. The applicant’s academic performance will be considered. Each chapter is urged to nominate its top senior member.

Hall of Fame: Sigma Delta Tau’s first HALL OF FAME class was announced in 1941. For more than seven decades, the SDT National Board of Directors has selected more than 700 outstanding senior women to be included in this elite society of exceptional chapter leaders.The top nominees for Outstanding Senior will be recognized as SDT’s “Hall of Fame” in the fall TORCH magazine.

Ruth Metzger Katz Oustanding Junior Award: This award was given for the first time in 1962. It shall be presented to a member who is an outstanding undergraduate in her junior year of school, and who is a respected individual who has made a significant impact on her chapter and continually furthers the goals and ideals of her sorority. Chapters should recommend their most outstanding junior for this award. Ruth Metzger Katz, SDT National Council Member (1940-2011) devoted 70 years of volunteer service towards developing leadership in our young women.

Outstanding New Member Award: This award is presented to a dedicated new member who has gained the respect and recognition of her peers, sorority, university, and possibly her community. Chapters should recommend their most outstanding new member for this award.

Regene Freund Cohane Outstanding Chapter President Award: The recipient must have made a significant difference in her chapter during her term as President and must have represented SDT in a dignified and responsible manner.  Recommendations should include specific details concerning the “significant difference” she made as Chapter President.  Nominee must have completed a full term as Chapter President prior to nomination. This award is presented in honor of SDT’s Founder and First National President, Regene Freund Cohane.

Patricia Jackson Linderman Outstanding Chapter Treasurer Award: The recipient must have made a significant difference in her chapter during her term as Treasurer. She must have represented SDT in a fiscally responsible manner by developing an accurate chapter budget, submitting all Financial Statements, collecting all dues and keeping the chapter financially sound. This woman should also be a good role model and positive contributor to the chapter’s executive board. Recommendations should include specific details concerning the impact she made as Chapter Treasurer. Nominee must have completed a full term as Chapter Treasurer prior to nomination. This award is presented in honor of Patricia Jackson Linderman, a distinguished Past National Treasurer.

Harriet Burgheim Rodenberg Panhellenic Leadership Award: This award is granted to a member of Sigma Delta Tau who has excelled as a Panhellenic Officer, been instrumental in establishing a new College Panhellenic system, served as an outstanding Membership Recruitment Counselor, or developed an outstanding Panhellenic program. This award is presented in honor of Harriet Burgheim Rodenberg, Past National President and Past National Chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference.

Chickie Loewenstein Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award: This award is presented to the Advisor who has provided outstanding volunteer service to a chapter. The recipient must have made a significant impact on the chapter during her time as Chapter Advisor and must have represented SDT in a dignified and responsible manner on the chapter’s campus. Recommendations should include specific details concerning her role with your chapter and the Greek Community. Nominee must have completed a full year as Chapter Advisor prior to nomination.This award is presented in honor of Chickie Loewenstein, Past National President.

Diamond Chapter Award: The Diamond Chapter Award is presented to chapters that excel in all aspects of sorority life. This award recognizes those chapters that have gone above and beyond the Sigma Delta Tau Standards for Chapter Achievement, and are recognized as a leading sorority on their campus.

Prevent Child Abuse America Award:  Each chapter is required to sponsor at least one philanthropic project annually for Prevent Child Abuse America, SDT’s national philanthropy.  This award recognizes those chapters whose PCAA events have proven the most successful. The chapter will be evaluated based upon organization, preparation, number of chapter and/or community participants, publicity, number of volunteer hours, funds donated, overall creativity and success of project.

Jewish Women International Fundraising Award: Each chapter should be sponsoring one fundraising event for Jewish Women International, one of SDT’s national philanthropies.  This award recognizes those chapters whose JWI events have proven the most successful. The chapter’s event will be evaluated based upon organization, preparation, number of chapter and/or community participants, publicity, number of volunteer hours, funds donated, overall creativity and success of project.

Community Service Award: Community service is an integral part of each chapter’s overall programming. Service to the community provides members with a sense of accomplishment while at the same time, benefiting others in the community. This award represents the chapter’s time donated to their local community and should not involve any program where money has been raised. The Chapter’s Community Service Project will be evaluated on organization, preparation, number of participants, overall creativity and success of project.

Philanthropic/Fundraising Award (non-SDT Philanthropy): All of our chapters are participating in other philanthropic and community service activities on their campuses and surrounding communities. This award recognizes those chapters whose philanthropic and fundraising events have proven the most successful. The chapter will be evaluated based upon organization, preparation, number of chapter and/or community participants, publicity, number of volunteer hours, funds donated, overall creativity and success of project.

Empowering Women Award: Our seven founding sisters established this sorority to empower young women to meet their full potential. Chapters should show how they have become empowered through academic excellence, leadership development, commitment to service or by creating a lifelong bond of friendship.

New Member Programming Award: This award is presented for the outstanding new member programming event executed by a chapter in a specific area. Chapters will submit their best event that took place during the six week new member program. The chapter’s program will be evaluated on organization, preparation, number of participants, overall creativity and success of event.

Outstanding Scholarship Programming Award: Scholastic programming is a critical component in the overall success of a chapter’s academic achievement. This award is granted to the chapter that exhibits outstanding scholastic programming for its members.

Outstanding Chapter Programming Award: This award is presented for the outstanding chapter program executed by a chapter in a specific area. The chapter’s program will be evaluated on organization, preparation, number of participants, overall creativity and success of event.

Sisterhood Programming Award: This award is presented for the outstanding chapter sisterhood program executed by a chapter. The chapter’s programs will be evaluated on organization, preparation, number of participants, overall creativity and success of event.

Outstanding Chapter Programming Award: This award is presented for the outstanding chapter program executed by a chapter in a specific area. Areas to be considered for this award are Educational Programs, Fundraising Projects, Sisterhood Events, Senior or Alumnae Events, Health and Social Awareness Education. The chapter’s program will be evaluated on organization, preparation, number of participants, overall creativity and success of event.

Outstanding Recruitment Award: This award is presented for the execution of an outstanding recruitment, formal and/or informal. The chapter’s recruitment success will be evaluated on preparation, evidence that members from each class year have been involved, overall creativity of recruitment program, completion of Legacy Review, achievement of quota, campus total and/or a significant COB program, execution of recruitment evaluations by the sisterhood and new members, and goals/takeaways for the next recruitment.

Sisterhood Excellence Award: This award is chosen by the National President to acknowledge chapters that helped with other chapters this year (extension, colonization, etc.).

Rising Star Award: This award is chosen by the National Board of Directors.

National President’s Hospitality Award:  This award is chosen by the National President for chapters who have gone above and beyond during her visit.

Hospitality Award:  This award is chosen by the Leadership Consultants for chapters that have gone above and beyond during their visit.

National Awards Applications are sent to all undergraduate chapters each spring semester.  Applications are submitted electronically and due in late April to: nationaloffice@sigmadeltatau.org.