NIC Awards & Recognition

awardsEach year the North-American Interfraternity Conference recognizes excellence in the fraternity industry by conferring awards to individuals, groups, and organizations who exemplify leadership, service, and fraternal values.

The NIC Awards of Distinction, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Laurel Wreath Award play a significant role in the advancement of the NIC mission and vision, and the industry as a whole. Recognizing the value and impact of individual and group efforts on college/university campuses and within fraternal organizations conveys the importance of innovation, courage, and commitment to fraternal values.

Nomination Process

  • March 1: The NIC puts out a call for nominations for the for Awards of Distinction or the NIC Gold Medal, Silver Medal, or Laurel Wreath Award. Nomination forms are available electronically on the NIC website, and information is widely disseminated to member fraternities and campuses. Anyone can nominate an individual or organization for the awards.
  • April 15: Award nominations due
  • Late May: The NIC notifies honorees.
  • Summer and fall: NIC representatives present awards to the winners in their local communities through public ceremonies on their campuses or at inter/fraternal events and programs.

Contact the awards coordinator, Kristin Fouts, with questions.

Awards of Distinction

The Awards of Distinction recognize an Undergraduate, Chapter or Council for excellence in leadership, service and embodying the values and standards of fraternity and the NIC. Nominees are true exemplars of the fraternal experience.

A new award, the Advisor Award of Distinction, will honor an individual who has shown exceptional commitment to guiding and mentoring a chapter, council or community.

We will honor recipients at personalized, public ceremonies on their campuses or at inter/fraternal events and programs.

Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Laurel Wreath Awards

One of the industry’s most revered traditions is the presentation of the NIC Medals and Laurel Wreath awards to worthy recipients. These are the three highest awards the Conference can bestow. Respectively, they recognize lifetime service to the fraternity movement, specific acts of service or leadership, and unique programs or collaborations in the fraternal industry.

The Laurel Wreath is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach, or influence within the fraternal world. Recipients do not need to be members of the NIC.

We will honor recipients at personalized, public ceremonies on their campuses or at inter/fraternal events and programs.