2021 Convention Awards Competition Application Process

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Significant changes have been made for the 2021 Awards Process. Please carefully read the instructions below. With only a few exceptions, all awards will be by video submission rather than a written submission. Within each award category listed below, there are 3-5 question prompts for chapters to address in their video submissions. Read the General Instruction section below for more details.

In most cases, Letters of Recommendation for advisers will NOT be required this year. There are a few exceptions to this (i.e. Collegiate Chapter Excellence/JWH, Alumnae Chapter Excellence/MARC, and most individual awards such as the Founders’ Awards), so please read the application form closely.

With no Standards of Excellence (SOEs) this year, eligibility to apply is limited to the following expectations:

  • The chapter may not be 30 days or more past due on any fees owed to the Fraternity or the chapter’s Corporation.
  • Meet the award submission deadline of March 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM CT

General Instructions

  • All collegiate and alumnae chapter award category applications are now a video submission process. Unlike past years, there are no written submissions except filling out the application form accessible below. Only this form and your video link are required.
  • All individual award category applications (ie., Perry, Wyman, Hinton, etc.) remain a written submission process accessible through the links below.
  • Videos may NOT be sourced out to professionals and must be recorded through Zoom or a similar platform.
  • Videos should not be longer than 8 minutes per award and cover the requested question prompts. Prompts marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
  • Video cloud recordings should not be deleted until after 5/1/2021.
  • Presenters are allowed to screen share and/or show a slide presentation.
  • Video examples have been prepared by our ELCs and are provided below.
  • Be sure to test your link by sending it to someone else prior to submitting the application.

Example Videos

Video Linking Instructions

Video submissions should be shared as a Zoom Cloud Recording (or similar platform), Dropbox, or a Google Drive link. Make sure that your video recording is not deleted until after 5/1/2021.

  • For Zoom (or similar platform)- please ensure that the recording is set to be shared publicly, that there is no expiration date, and that the password protection is turned off of cloud recording sharing.
  • For Google Drive – upload the video file to Google Drive and use the “get link” feature, ensuring that anyone on the internet with this link can view.
  • For Dropbox – upload the video file to Dropbox and use the “copy link” share feature.

Direct general award questions to awardssubmitted@alphaomicronpi.org.
Direct specific video questions to Madison Smith, Digital Marketing Manager at msmith@alphaomicronpi.org.

Alumnae Chapter Awards

All Alumnae Chapter Awards are by video submission. Click each award link for more information.

Alumnae Chapter Excellence/MARC

  • The Alumnae Chapter Excellence Awards are presented to the most outstanding overall alumnae chapters each biennium. Recipients must excel in all areas of operations and are automatically considered finalists for the Mary Ann Rice Caldwell (MARC) Award. Named in honor of long-time AOII Headquarters Staff member, the MARC Award is awarded to AOII’s most outstanding Alumnae Chapter of the biennium. No additional submission process is required for the MARC Award.

Alumnae Excellence in Collegiate Engagement

Alumnae Excellence in Communications

Alumnae Excellence in Community Involvement

Alumnae Excellence in Membership Recruitment

Alumnae Excellence in Sisterhood

Alumnae Philos

AOII Foundation Excellence in Fundraising Awards

  • The AOII Foundation will also present Excellence in Fundraising Awards to alumnae chapters who have submitted the highest total giving to our Foundation’s Loyalty Fund, Ruby Fund, Foundation Scholarships or Arthritis. These awards are given based on the total amount of dollars raised by chapters as of April 15, 2021. No application process is needed for these awards.

Collegiate Chapter Awards

All Collegiate Chapter Awards are by video submission. Click each award link for more information.

Collegiate Chapter Excellence/JWH Cup

  • The Collegiate Chapter Excellence Awards are presented to the most outstanding overall collegiate chapters each biennium. Recipients must excel in all areas of operations and are automatically considered finalists for the prestigious JWH Cup. Named in honor of AOII Founder Jessie Wallace Hughan, the JWH Cup is awarded to AOII’s most outstanding chapter of the biennium. No additional submission process is required for the JWH Cup.

Collegiate Excellence in Academic Achievement/McCausland Cup

Excellence in Alumnae Engagement

Excellence in Campus and Community Involvement

Excellence in Communications

Excellence in Finance

Excellence in Membership Experience

Excellence in Membership Recruitment

Excellence in New Member Experience

Excellence in Philanthropy

Excellence in Rituals

Excellence in Wellness and Safety

Outstanding AAC

Outstanding Leaders Council

Collegiate Philos

AOII Foundation Excellence in Fundraising Awards

  • The AOII Foundation will also present Excellence in Fundraising Awards to collegiate chapters who have submitted the highest total giving to our Foundation’s Loyalty Fund, Ruby Fund, Foundation Scholarships or Arthritis. These awards are given based on the total amount of dollars raised by chapters as of April 15, 2021. No application process is needed for these awards.

Individual Awards

All Individual awards remain a written submission process. Click each award link for more information.

Annual Awards:

Alumnae Woman of Leadership Award (AWOL)

  • This annual award is presented to alumnae women who demonstrate outstanding leadership. While leadership within Alpha Omicron Pi is considered, it is not mandatory for this award. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Collegiate Woman of Leadership Award (CWOL)

  • This annual award is presented to collegiate women who demonstrate outstanding leadership. While leadership within Alpha Omicron Pi is considered, it is not mandatory for this award. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Carole Jurenko Jones Award – New Award Category

  • This annual award honors a sorority alumna who has made a lasting impression and significant contribution to the Fraternity and/or interfraternal movement. An alumna member of any sorority organization is eligible. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Mary Louise Roller Award

  • This annual award honors a collegiate member who has provided outstanding service and leadership to her local Panhellenic, campus, and/or community. Collegiate chapters may submit this nomination.

Muriel T. McKinney Award

  • This annual award is given to a Chapter Adviser for outstanding guidance and length of service to a collegiate chapter. The nominee must have served in the CA role for at least two years. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Stella George Stern Perry Award

  • This annual award is presented to the one collegiate chapter president who, by outstanding service to her chapter, exceptional inspiration to its members, and recognition by administration and/or fellow students of her college or university, typifies the Alpha Omicron Pi so beloved by Stella George Stern Perry. The Perry Award is the HIGHEST distinction given to a collegiate member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Only collegiate chapters can submit this nomination.

Rose Award

  • These annual awards recognize alumnae who serve AOII solely because of their devotion to the Fraternity, its members and its ideals. The Rose Award says “Thank You” to loyal alumnae for their lifetime commitment and dedication to AOII. All alumnae may submit and are eligible for a Rose Award.

Convention-only Awards:

Adele K. Hinton Award

  • This biennial award is presented to an alumna member who has set an outstanding example for sisters of our Fraternity. She exemplifies the ideals of AOII and inspires others to remain involved in Fraternity service. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Barbara Daugs Hunt Award

  • This biennial award is presented by the AOII Foundation and honors one outstanding AOII alumna for her lifetime personal and financial commitment to the AOII Foundation, its vision, mission and programs. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Elizabeth Heywood Wyman Award

  • This biennial award is given to one alumnae member who has achieved outstanding success or acclaim in her profession, the arts, or in service to humanity. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Gayle Fitzpatrick Emerging Leader Award New Award Category

  • This biennial award honors an emerging leader of a collegiate chapter. Applicants should be a first or second-year member who reflects the values of AOII, is a cheerleader for the chapter, has strong academics, is a leader on campus and in the community, and inspires ambition in the chapter. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.

Helen St. Clair Mullan Award

  • This biennial award recognizes one alumna member who has continually served AOII for many years, exemplifying loyalty, faithfulness and devotion to the Fraternity. Any AOII member may submit this nomination.
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