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AWARD NOMINATION PROCEDURES

Awards to chapters and individuals are presented at the annual Blue Key Leadership Conference. Blue Key strives to recognize excellence among chapters, individual members, and advisors. We encourage all chapters to submit nominations for awards.

Award Nomination Guidelines  (Updated for 2018 conference)

  1. The deadline to submit nominations is December 8th.
  2. Submit nominations electronically for annual awards to the Blue Key Honor Society Awards Committee Chair via email at director@bluekey.org.
  3. Self-nominations are acceptable.
  4. Submit a cover letter with narrative that serves as the basis for award recognition. The cover letter shall identify specific achievements and accomplishments regarding the nominated chapter or individual. Supporting documents can also be included. Compile all documents and submit as one attachment (PDF format).The cover letter should include the following information prior to the first paragraph.
    Title of the Award:
    Chapter or Individual/Chapter affiliation) Nominated:
    Name of Nominator and affiliation:
    Email and phone number of nominator:
  5. We encourage thoughtful nominations when applying for multiple awards. Each nomination must be address the specific criteria for each nomination.   If you have any questions about the award nomination process or criteria, please feel free to contact Danny Buckalew, Executive Director, Blue Key Honor Society at director@bluekey.org
  6. Awards Click on the award name to access nomination information for each award.

OUTSTANDING CHAPTER AWARD

For Leadership, Scholarship, and Service Excellence

The Outstanding Chapter Awards shall be presented on an annual basis to a very limited number of chapters of Blue Key Honor Society. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service of the chapter through its actions and activities.  Award winners are model chapters and best exemplify the spirit and purpose of Blue Key Honor Society.  NOTE:  A Blue Key Chapter winning the Outstanding Chapter Award may not be nominated for the same award the following year.

 Applications should contain these components:

  • A cover letter authored by anyone affiliated with an active Blue Key chapter. The narrative shall list the nominated chapters accomplishments and state reasons why the nomination should be considered.
  • Supporting documentation of chapter activities should include.
    • The name of the advisor (if not noted in the cover letter) and officers.
    • A roster of active members (during the past year).
    • The number of members initiated during the past academic year.
    • Short description of the service projects and charities or recipients of contributions.
    • Description of fund-raising activities of the chapter and amount raised.
    • Special awards received by the chapter or any of its members.

Optional items:

  • Letters of support for the nomination from the college or community. These should be included in the nomination document

Relevant newspaper articles, letters, press releases, publicity items, etc.  Please included these in the nomination documentation or as one separate attachment.


OUTSTANDING ADVISOR AWARD

For Advising, Guidance, and Dedication to Chapter Excellence

The Outstanding Advisor Award may be presented annually to the one advisor who has excelled in service to the chapter and the Society.  The advisor must be in good standing with the Blue Key Honor Society. The nomination for this award must be approved at either a regular or special meeting of the chapter, with at least a majority of the chapter members approving. Collegiate chapters may nominate one advisor annually for this award.

Criteria:

  • Display an exemplary record of achievement and service to Blue Key.
  • Be a model representative of Blue Key to the college or university and community.
  • Fulfill the motto, “Serving I Live.”
  • Be actively engaged in the normal and regular meetings and activities of the chapter. Must attend a majority of the meetings of the chapter.
  • Provide advice and guidance to the executive officers and members of the chapter.
  • Go beyond the normal “position requirements of advisor” in the advising and guidance role.
  • Communicate with the national executive office of Blue Key Honor Society.

Applications should contain these components:

  • Cover letter with narrative of the individuals accomplishments and service to the chapter. It would be customary for the chapter president or other officers to sign this letter of nomination.  The cover letter should state the reasons for nominating the chapter advisor for this award. Description of the advisor’s contribution to Blue Key, the advisor’s involvement, leadership, and commitment to the community, college, and Blue Key.  This report should also include special initiatives, ideas, programs, and contributions that the advisor has made to the chapter, campus, and community that went beyond the normal requirements of a campus-based student organization.
  • Supporting documentation should include
    • Resume (1-3 pages) of the nominee.
    • Report of advisor’s contribution to Blue Key and length of service.
    • Letters of recommendation from campus leaders who are very familiar with the nominee.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

For a Lifetime of Leadership and Service to Blue Key 

The Blue Key Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition to a Blue Key member, alumnus, or advisor who has served the Society for a significant portion of the honoree’s adult life.  This award recognizes distinguished service and excellence in leadership, scholarship, service, and character.  This individual embodies the Blue Key motto “Serving I Live.”

Criteria:

  • Served Blue Key Honor Society for a significant number of years and contributed in a meaningful way to the success of a Blue Key chapter and its members.
  • Represented Blue Key in the nation or world by distinguished service.
  • The nominee must be a living member of Blue Key. The nominee may be an alumnus or honorary member.

Applications should contain these components:

  • Cover letter with narrative of how the nominee has met the criteria.
  • Supporting documentation should include.
    • Resume of the nominee.
    • Report of accomplishments.
    • Supporting material deemed appropriate including letters of recommendation from campus, community, or organizational leaders.

PRESIDENT’S AWARD

For the most outstanding Blue Key Chapter President

The President’s Award shall recognize a current or past Blue Key Chapter President who is considered an outstanding collegiate member of the Blue Key Honor Society.  This president shall represent his or her chapter as a standard bearer and role model. The significant feature of this person’s performance is that they have been a difference maker who has enhanced the profile and reputation of Blue Key among all other honor and service groups on campus. This president shall have an outstanding record of extracurricular activities, a clear and demonstrated level of commitment to abide by the Blue Key motto, sense of responsibility to self and others, and a reputable pattern of conduct that conforms to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

The nominee shall demonstrate an exemplary record of leadership, scholarship, and service to Blue Key and the chapter institution.  This award recognizes the one outstanding collegiate member of the Society who, by his or her record has exemplified the values inherent and perpetuated the ideals as set forth in the Preamble to the Bylaws of the Fraternity.  The President’s Award is one of the highest honors that the Society can bestow on one of its own members.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to Blue Key as Chapter President.
  • Demonstrated campus and community involvement, leadership, and service as President.
  • Demonstrated character and integrity.

Applications should contain these components:

  • Cover letter with narrative supporting how the nominees has met the criteria.
  • Supporting documentation may include.
    • Resume’ of the nominee
    • Report of accomplishments.
    • Supporting material deemed appropriate including letters of recommendation from campus or community leaders.

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE AWARD

For Outstanding Leadership, Dedication, Commitment, and Chapter Excellence

(Screened by the Board of Directors)

The Director’s Choice Award shall recognize an active Blue Key Chapter for demonstration of an exemplary record of leadership, dedication, commitment and service to Blue Key and the chapter institution.  This individual chapter shall have an outstanding record of extracurricular activities, a clear and demonstrated level of commitment to abide by the Blue Key motto, sense of responsibility to self and others, and a reputable pattern of conduct that conforms to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

This award recognizes the one outstanding chapter of the Society, that by its record, has exemplified the values inherent and perpetuated the ideals as set forth in the Preamble to the Bylaws of the Blue Key.  The Director’s Choice Award is one of the highest honors that the Society can bestow on one of its chapters. The award recognizes chapter contributions, achievements, participation at the national level, and the personal character of its members.

NOTE: This award can only be given once to a chapter in a ten year period.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to Blue Key.
  • Demonstrated Commitment and Dedication.
  • Demonstrated campus and community involvement, leadership, and service.
  • Demonstrated character and integrity of its membership.

Applications should contain these components:

  • Cover letter with narrative describing the chapters accomplishments which support the criteria.
  • List of the chapters events/programs and how they benefit their campus and/or community.
  • Report of accomplishments.
  • Supporting material deemed appropriate including letters of recommendation from campus or community leaders.

EXEMPLARY BLUE KEY MEMBER AWARD

For Exemplary Leadership, Scholarship, and Service as a Member of Blue Key

This is an individual award that recognizes a Blue Key member for demonstration of an exemplary record of leadership, dedication, commitment and service to Blue Key and the chapter institution.  This individual shall represent his or her chapter as a standard bearer and role model. The significant feature of this person’s performance is that they have been a difference maker who has enhanced the profile and reputation of Blue Key among all other honor and service groups on campus. This individual shall have an outstanding record of extracurricular activities, a clear and demonstrated level of commitment to abide by the Blue Key motto, sense of responsibility to self and others, and a reputable pattern of conduct that conforms to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

This award carries a $1000 scholarship to the award recipient.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to Blue Key.
  • Demonstrated Commitment and Dedication to Blue Key.
  • Demonstrated campus and community involvement, leadership, and service.
  • Demonstrated character and integrity.

Applications should contain these components:

  • Cover letter with narrative supporting how the nominees met the criteria.
  • Supporting documentation may include.
    • Resume of the nominee
    • Report of accomplishments.
    • Supporting material deemed appropriate including letters of recommendation from campus or community leaders.

OUTSTANDING FEATURE AWARD

Blue Key Chapter with the most outstanding feature.

Purpose:

This award recognizes a special feature or contribution to campus life. The feature shall be observable or measurable. Normally the feature could be described as something that raises the profile of the chapter on campus or at the national level among peer Blue Key chapters.  It could be a fund-raising event for the college or university.  It may include an academic program, a leadership program or service activities such as an outstanding scrapbook, campus event, activity, publication or digital presentation.

Criteria:

A Blue Key chapter gains significant recognition on campus when it is identified with a special contribution to campus life in the area of scholarship, leadership or service.  The event, activity or feature gives Blue Key respected name recognition and may serve to attract students to become members.


CHAPTER WEBSITE AWARD

Blue Key Chapter with the most outstanding website.

Chapter websites should be user-friendly, informative and current since they are an important means of promoting the mission and vision of Blue Key Honor Society.  The website is a means that Blue Key Honor Society uses to promote its presence on campus and show it contribution to the leadership, scholarship and service to campus life and the community.  It is a window to the nation.

Criteria:

Cover letter should address how the website supports your chapter activities and direct the reviewers to the website URL.

Staying current, highlighting chapter activities with narrative and photographs and publicizing Blue Key’s contribution to campus life effectively is the primary criteria.  Content, style, and clarity of information as well as identification of members are important features of an outstanding website.  Social media function is an important component of an effective website.

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