APSU’s Zeta Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order was awarded the George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence on Feb. 11 at the University of Memphis.

This is the third time the Zeta Tau Chapter has won the award.

“The George C. Marshall Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a KA chapter. It is only given to the top three chapters in the nation annually,” Trenton Delane, KA President, said.

To win the award, the KA chapter must complete an awards packet. The award is based off of excellence in finances, academics, recruitment and chapter growth and overall chapter excellence. Project Outreach, which is community service and philanthropy, and Operation Crimson Gift, which is the annual blood drive support effort, also play a factor in which chapter receives the award.

In addition, KA won the Samuel Zenas Ammen Award for Chapter Excellence, Excellence in Social Media Communication, Excellence in Campus and Community Communication, Excellence in Educational Programming, Project Outreach Outstanding Dollars Donated per Man and the Scholastic Excellence Award.

Delane says the quality of KA’s members is a factor in the success the chapter has had.

“We are a diverse group who come from all different types of backgrounds. This provides us with many different perspectives,” Delane said. “Our goal is to find and recruit men who are already leaders among their peers. Without our high quality members, our chapter would never have reached the heights that it has.”

The leadership KA has shown in the involvement of its members on campus.

“We have a tremendous amount of leaders in our chapter. In SGA alone, we have the president, vice president, parliamentarian and five senators,” Delane said.

In addition KA’s members include the SOC president and vice president, ODK president and Order of Omega president.

As the newest KA president, Delane said he wants to continue the success previous presidents have bought to the chapter.

“A couple of big goals for me is to break our philanthropy dollars raised record, break our recruitment record and break our highest GPA record,” Delane said. “In order to receive this award again, we have to be great in a lot of different aspects of the fraternity.”