Created in 1924 in honor of Edwin Erle Sparks, Alpha-Chi 1884, Iota 1884, president emeritus of Pennsylvania State College (now university), and a truly great Chi Phi. The Sparks Memorial Medal is awarded annually to the man having the highest GPA in each Chapter and Colony. The Sparks Memorial Medal is Chi Phi’s highest award for individual academic achievement, reserved exclusively for those Brothers who have excelled in their academic rigors.

A truly singular honor, the Sparks Memorial Medal, itself, contains many historic symbols. A bar that bears the faces of the Hobart Order serves as the top anchor. It contains the word “Paideia,” Greek for “learning acquired by education.” A scarlet and blue ribbon, colors identical to those of the Hobart Order, suspends the medal from the bar pin. The medal is an embossed replica of the old Princeton pin containing the symbolic swords of the Southern Order and the stars of the Princeton Order. At the top and the bottom of the Phi is the name “Sparks Medal.”

Since only one medal can be awarded to each Chapter and Colony, the task of selecting the recipients can sometimes be quite Herculean.

It is awarded to the man in each Chapter and Colony who has attained the highest scholastic standing for that year. In the event of a tie in GPA, multiple Medals may be awarded.

Sparks Medal Nomination

Sparks Medal Nomination

The winner must have been an initiated member for the entire year.
Nominations for Sparks Memorial Medal can be made by a Campus Greek Advisor, Campus Professional, Chapter Advisor, or Faculty Advisor.

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Past Recipients

2015

Justin C. Adler, Psi Zeta 2017
Kevin H. Spanier, Xi Delta 2017

2014

Kenneth Andrew DeWitt, Mu Theta 2015
Zachary M. Evans, Psi Zeta 2015
Chance Grzesik, Alpha Zeta 2016
Nathan Michael Jacobson, Xi 2016
Mitchell L. Solomon, Xi Delta 2014

2013

John Milton Bartlett, Theta 2014
John Michael Malone, Xi Delta 2014
Rishi Kumar Mittal, Alpha Delta 2014
Ryan Matthew Publicover, Omega Zeta 2014
Robert Anthony Rodriguez, Mu Theta 2012
Matthew Eugene Stromecki, Xi 2015

2012

Jacob Fall Markel, Alpha-Tau 2014
Andrew Ray Koch, Rho 2012
Corey Ray, Rho Delta 2014
Austin Robert Volk, Epsilon Delta 2014

2011

Adam Theodore Pannier, Pi Theta 2014
Stuart Benjamin Haase, Phi Delta 2014
Jaafar El tassa, Omicron Theta 2011
Devon Connor Deeks, Epsilon Delta 2012
Adam J. Jensen, Alpha Theta Chi 2013