The true measure of Phi Delta Chi’s influence on student pharmacists can be found in the achievements of its alumni Brothers. Within the profession of pharmacy, Phi Delta Chi is known for developing leaders in many fields of endeavor. A vast number of our alumni have gained distinction through success in their profession, service to the Fraternity, or contributions to their communities. Phi Delta Chi established the Distinguished Alumnus Award Program in 2017 to honor outstanding alumni Brothers and to celebrate their achievements.
Purpose and Philosophy
The purpose of the Distinguished Alumnus Award is to recognize Phi Delta Chi alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have advanced science or served humanity. The Distinguished Alumnus Award does more than honor its recipients. It helps illustrate the great value of Phi Delta Chi’s leader-development programs, in collaboration with the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI). This award program recognizes those men and women who used their brotherhood experience as a springboard to accomplishment.
Criteria for Selection
Recipients must have demonstrated accomplishments in each of the three areas outlined below. This distinction will be reflective of Phi Delta Chi’s core values – Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Professionalism, Pharmacy and Service.
The three areas are:
- Professional Achievement & Career: The recipient attained prominence through his or her efforts in commerce, industry, technology, education, government, military or other worthy endeavors that form a record of accomplishment.
- Service to Society: The recipient exhibits a demonstrated record of accomplishment in service by bettering the lives of others through volunteer efforts.
- Service to Phi Delta Chi: The recipient exhibits involvement within Phi Delta Chi; either on a national, regional, or local basis. The recipient upholds the principles and precepts or which Phi Delta Chi was founded and has demonstrated engagement with collegiate and/or alumni Brothers throughout his or her life.
Any alumnus of Phi Delta Chi is eligible.
Grand Officers are not eligible during their term of service.
Alumni may be nominated posthumously within 2 years of a nominee’s death.
Method of Nomination
Nominations may be made for a Distinguished Alumnus Award by any of the following individuals or groups below:
Nominations will be accepted using the following guidelines:
- Distinguished Alumnus Nomination Form at least 2 months prior to national meetings (Grand Council or Leader-Development Seminar).
- In addition to the Award Nomination Form (required), nominators are encouraged to provide supporting items that more fully describe the nominee and his or her accomplishments. Such items include, but are not limited to:
- Letter of nomination written by the nominator (required)
- Two letters of support from non-family members that specifically address the criteria (required)
- Current biography or curriculum vitae for the individual
- Newspaper and magazine articles describing accomplishments
- Descriptions of awards or certificates of achievement
- Other relevant items
- Any Brother or chapter may nominate one person per year.
- The name of the nominator need not be disclosed to the awardee.
Method of Award Recipient Selection
- The Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs (GVPAA) will collect submitted nominations to be reviewed and validated.
- The Alumni Affairs Team will process each application and vote based on proper protocol and application criteria.
Up to 4 recipients may be selected annually.
The Executive Council must approve any recipients beyond the limit of 4.
A Executive Council member must recuse himself or herself if an individual he or she wrote a letter of support for is presented to the Executive Council for approval.
Announcement and Recognition
The Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs will announce honorees annually at Grand Council or the Leader-Development Seminar and honor each recipient with the appropriate recognition.