Created in 1924 in honor of Edwin Erle Sparks, Alpha-Chi 1884, Iota 1884, president emeritus of Pennsylvania State University, and a truly great Chi Phi. The Sparks Memorial Medal is awarded by the Chi Phi Educational Trust each year.

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. It is awarded to the man in each Chapter and Colony who has attained the highest scholastic standing for that year.

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. Chi Phi appreciates the efforts of our Advisors and University partners in helping us recognize our outstanding scholars!

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Past Recipients


Faraaz A. Azam, Psi Zeta 2020
Alexander P. Bacon, Sigma Theta 2020
Rowan G. Bennett, Epsilon Theta 2022
Chase H. Boone, Psi Delta 2021
Dylan C. Di Florio, Delta 2020
Christopher R. Driscoll, Eta 2021
Michael E. Dwyer, Phi Lambda Theta 2022
Andreas N. Episkopos, Lambda 2021
Hunter S. Fields, Beta 2020
John C. Goellner, Delta Xi 2019
Thomas R. Gresham, Alpha 2021
Ryan A. King, Xi Delta 2020
Jacob P. Knotek, Psi 2021
Gerald R. Larkey III, Delta Pi 2022
HoangLong P. Ly, Omega Zeta 2022
Matthew A. Marsh, Epsilon 2022
Duncan S. McCall, Alpha Delta 2022
Calvin F. McKay, Mu 2020
Andrew C. Newsome, Eta Delta 2020
David M. Niemynski, Kappa Delta 2021
Ben T. Nusenow, Sigma Delta 2022
Sean W. Patterson, Phi Delta 2021
Jacob T. Peake, Alpha-Pi 2021
Noah T. Prisament, Theta 2022
Anthony J. Rice, Beta 2020
James B. Romano, Iota Delta 2023
Richard J. Sammartino, Alpha-Chi 2021
Matthew T. Schultz, Tau Theta 2020
Dylan R. Tocci, Lambda Theta 2021
Jack E. Troiano, Delta Theta 2021
Connor E. Young, Xi 2020