Service Awards (up to $500 each)

About the Awards

Sigma Tau Delta's Service Awards honor local chapters performing exemplary community service projects and benefit the agencies served by those chapters. The Society will make a limited number of awards, each of which will consist of a plaque for the chapter and a contribution of up to $500 to the agency. Winning chapters may also receive up to $350 in travel assistance for sending at least one student representative to the annual convention to participate in a workshop and/or roundtable. Winning chapters are encouraged to share a chapter exhibit at the convention.

A variety of community service projects are eligible for consideration. For ideas, see the many examples of projects listed on the Chapter Life: Service page. If you have questions regarding project eligibility, please contact the chair of the Service and Partnership Committee, your Regent, or your Regional Student Representative.

Eligibility

Any active chapter is eligible to apply for a Service Award, but no chapter may receive a Service Award in consecutive years. Active chapters are also eligible to apply for a Project Grant and/or an Outstanding Chapter Award and may use relevant information assembled for the Service Award application when applying for a Project Grant and/or an Outstanding Chapter Award. Specific application requirements are posted with each award description.

How to Apply

Submit the application by email from a Chapter Sponsor's school email address. By emailing the application, the Chapter Sponsor is attesting to the accuracy of the materials.

  1. address the email to sigmatdapply@niu.edu;
  2. in the subject line, type SERVICE AWARDS;
  3. ATTACH the following three (3) items as Word documents (doc or docx) or in PDF, titled with Service first followed by the abbreviated name of your school and then each of the bolded headings:
    Examples: Service MYU narrative.doc; Service MYU sponsor.doc; Service MYU agency.doc
    1. Applicant Information and Narrative
      1. List the following first, preceding the narrative:
        • Name of service project
        • Chapter and school that undertook the project
        • Number of active members in chapter
        • Name and contact information of student preparing the application (mail and email addresses, phone numbers)
        • Name and contact information for the Chapter Sponsor(s) (mail and email addresses, phone numbers)
      1. Provide written narrative, not to exceed 300 words, describing the service project, including
        • Name, date, and place of the service project
        • Brief explanation of importance of service performed and its connection to the goals of the Society
        • Details on the various stages in the concept, planning, preparation, and carrying out of the project to convey understanding of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the project
        • Target audience
        • Number of chapter members actually participating (important information demonstrating the chapter's commitment to the project)
        • Name of the agency to receive the award, along with payment details including the agency's official name and address
    2. Letter from a Chapter Sponsor explaining the significance of the project for the chapter and for the agency served. Include the mailing address, email address, and phone number of this Sponsor.
    3. Letter from a representative of the agency served attesting to the significance of the project from the point of view of its recipient. Include the mailing address, email address, and phone number of the agency representative.

Deadline and Dates

Applications must be completed and received by April 1. No late submissions will be accepted. Chapters selected for recognition will be notified by the committee. Awards are usually determined by September 1 and typically are announced at the Sigma Tau Delta annual convention.