The Walter L. Cronkite, Jr. Award is the highest honor the Fraternity can bestow upon an Alumnus. It is given for humanitarian, social or political achievement which benefits our country, educational system or society. Established at the 1990 Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, the award is named for the first recipient, Walter L. Cronkite, Jr., Nu 1937.
Brother Cronkite, as the first recipient of the award, made this request: “I would hope that in future years, as our Grand Council ponders the names of potential honorees, that it look long and hard at those who may not gain national fame but who devote great effort and much of their time trying to improve their local communities and the lot of their neighbors.”
It is with Brother Cronkite’s intent in mind that we ask each of you consider nominating a deserving Chi Phi Alumnus who meets the Cronkite Award criteria. Recommendations should include an outline of the Brother’s accomplishments and the reasons for your endorsement of him. A vitae sheet or resume is most helpful, although for obvious reasons the nomination should not be discussed with the person. Letters of support from Brothers will also be critical to a successful nomination.
To make a nomination, visit this page and complete the online form. Materials may also be sent directly to Chapterservices@chiphi.org. There is no deadline for a Cronkite Award nomination; however, the Grand Council must be able to meet and discuss the nomination ahead of Congress, so it is recommended that materials be submitted by the same June 10, 2022, deadline as other awards.