2021 Awards

Chapter Awards

Sweepstakes Award

The Sweepstakes Award is Delta Upsilon's top honor awarded annually to the best DU chapter in North America.

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Georgia Tech

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Iowa State

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Kansas State

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Most Improved Chapter

Arlington Chapter

Outstanding Alumni chapter

Arlington Alumni Chapter & Cornell Alumni Chapter

Innovative Member Development Award

Iowa State Chapter

Health, Safety and Prevention Award

Iowa Chapter

Alumni Engagement Award

Arlington Chapter

Campus and Community Impact Award

San Jose Chapter

Excellence in Virtual Brotherhood

San Jose Chapter

Individual Awards

Chairman’s Award: Outstanding alumni volunteer

Kody Rother, North Dakota '09

Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award

Joshua Sawyer, Arlington '06

Distinguished Undergraduate Award

Christopher Gibson, Western Illinois '21

President’s Award: Chapter President of the Year

Nick Liccini, Georgia Tech '20

Chapter Excellence Plan Awards

Overall Chapter Excellence Award

Georgia Tech Chapter, Kansas State Chapter


Alberta Chapter, Georgia Tech Chapter, Iowa State Chapter, Nebraska Chapter


Alberta Chapter, Iowa State Chapter, Virginia Chapter


Nebraska Chapter


Kansas State Chapter


Cal Poly Chapter, Iowa Chapter, Kansas State Chapter, Lehigh Chapter, Nebraska Chapter


Clarkson Chapter, Georgia Tech Chapter, Iowa State Chapter, Kansas State Chapter, Virginia Chapter, Western Reserve Chapter


Alberta Chapter

GSI Fundraising Awards

Top Fundraising Per Man

Kansas State Chapter

Total Fundraising
  1. Kansas State Chapter
  2. Iowa State Chapter
  3. Missouri Chapter
$500+ Fundraising Level

Christopher Newport Chapter, Clarkson Chapter, Bucknell Chapter Georgia Tech Chapter, Iowa State Chapter, Kansas State Chapter, Lehigh Chapter, Loyola Marymount Associate Chapter, Miami Chapter, Michigan Tech Chapter, Missouri Chapter, Nebraska Chapter, Pennsylvania State Chapter, San Jose Chapter, Western Illinois Chapter

Distinguished undergraduate award

Christopher Gibson, Western Illinois '21

Jack Connally, Kansas State '21
Graham Owen, Iowa State '21
Trevor Smith, Michigan Tech '21
Matthew Talley, Maryland '21

Christopher Gibson, Western Illinois ’21, was named the 2021 Distinguished Undergraduate, the top honor bestowed upon an undergraduate member. This award recognizes a brother's accomplishments in his chapter, on campus and in the community throughout his time as an undergraduate.

During his time as an undergraduate, Chris was instrumental in his chapter’s growth, helping it to win the Fraternity’s Most Improved Chapter Award in 2019. He served in a number of roles within the chapter, including as Chapter President, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Academic Excellence and Standards, Chapter Historian and IFC Representative. On the international level, he served as a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Board in 2019-2020 and as a summer intern in 2019.

On campus and within the community, Chris has volunteered with the McDonough County and IFC Victim Services Effort, the Macomb Veterans Flags of Love Project, City of Macomb Elting Street Clean-up, and St. Paul’s Church Lenten Fish Fry. This work earned Chris the Western Illinois Chapter President of the Year Award and Merit Scholarship. He was also accepted into the Western Illinois Honors College.

During his acceptance speech at the Leadership Institute, Chris said: “This award means a lot to me. It means a lot to my chapter. We are a smaller chapter over there in Macomb, Illinois, so when someone from a smaller chapter wins an award of this magnitude, it really means a lot. I hope it shows all the other chapters that are a bit smaller that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Don’t limit yourself. I did not dream I would be up here, and here I am. Thank you for everything.”

President’s Award: Chapter President of the Year

Nick Liccini, Georgia Tech ’20

The recipient of the 2021 President's Award was presented to a brother who has worked to lead his chapter in a number of ways. As a former Recruitment Chairman and Vice President of Recruitment, Nick Liccini, Georgia Tech ’20, helped ensure recruitment ran smoothly, and he took that organization into his role as President. Nick worked tirelessly to help his chapter reach new levels of proficiency by focusing on the leadership development of all chapter officers. This included planning programs with reputable experts and reinvigorating relations with alumni. All of this is on top of maintaining a 3.97 GPA as an aerospace engineering major.

Nick’s advice for other Presidents includes asking for help. “The best Presidents aren’t those who do everything themselves; rather, a strong President knows the individual skills of those whom he is working with (chapter officers or not) and helps guide them to making the best decisions to meet a common goal. You should defend them, provide them all the help and resources they need, and praise their accomplishments because a sign of a strong leader is how strong his team is.”