The Chapter Award of Excellence program has been designed as a minimum standards program. Chapters are required to complete the application annually, by December 15. Chapters that achieve 90 percent on the document receive the Chapter Award of Excellence, while chapters reaching 80 percent receive the Chapter Award of Achievement. Each chapter is eligible to receive the award, which is based on meeting objective criteria centered on chapter operations.
Chapters are recognized annually for outstanding work though the FarmHouse chapter awards competition. The Ruby Cup was designed in 1994 to recognize the overall outstanding chapter of the Fraternity. The chapter that captures The Ruby Cup gets a chance to display it in its chapter house for the year following selection. The chapter awards process is based around the Chapter Award of Excellence standards document and 12 Chapter Programming Awards. The Award of Excellence accounts for a portion of the scoring for the Ruby Cup along with the Programming Awards.
Chapter Programming Awards are designed to recognize chapters for outstanding work, achievement and accomplishments in various functional areas of their chapter. The content submitted should reflect programming and activities conducted during the respective calendar year.