The Byron K. Armstrong Award

The Byron K. Armstrong Scholars Award is the only Grand Chapter award available to undergraduate members of Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc. for outstanding achievement.  A Brother nominated for this award must 1) be matriculating for an undergraduate degree, and 2) be eligible for graduation in the term immediately preceding or during the period that the Province Council is being held.  The candidate’s grade point average must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  It is important that the typed petition be factual and concise.  The petition must be typewritten and the candidate’s achievements summarized in no more than seventy-five (75) pages. The Achievement Commission will review all petitions and recommend the three (6) top scholars to the Grand Board for approval.  The two (2) top scholars (summa cum laude) will receive a plaque and a monetary award of $4,000 each; the two (2) second-place finishers (magna cum laude) will receive a plaque and $3,000 each; and the two (2) third-place finishers (cum laude) will receive a plaque and $2,000 each.

Petitions for the Byron Kenneth Armstrong Award must be typed and submitted on a standard form secured from the Fraternity’s International Headquarters.  To increase efficiency in the process, petitioners are encouraged to complete the form timely enough that it may be transmitted to and received by IHQ and the members of the Achievement Commission within fourteen (14) days following the candidate’s Province Council.  The statutory requirement for submitting the Byron Kenneth Armstrong petition is that it must be postmarked by the 14th day following the end of the candidate’s Province Council, with hard copies mailed as follows:

The original petition must be sent to International Headquarters and postmarked within fourteen (14) days of the end of the Province Council. Additionally, within the same time frame, a hard copy of the petition should be mailed by the petitioner to the Chairman and each member of the Achievement Commission. Or, rather than mailing a hard copy of the petition to every member of the Achievement Commission, the petitioner may elect to upload an electronic copy of the petition to the electronic storage location (the Box) that is described on the petition instruction form. The deadline for processing the petition remains the same.

  1. All submissions must include a color 2×2 (Pass Port Style) professional photo.
  2. All submissions must include a 1 page bio in pdf format.
  3. Send one (1) Original to the Chairman of the Achievement Commission OR upload a pdf copy of the petition to the File Storage repository as discussed in item (4) below.
  4. Send one (1) copy to each Achievement Commission Member OR upload a pdf copy of the petition to the File Storage repository as discussed in item (4) below.
  5. You do not need to get the Executive Director’s signature prior to submitting your petition. The signature will be affixed once International Headquarters receives its copy
  6. A PDF copy of the petition may also be “uploaded” into the File Storage Repository approved by the Grand Board for subsequent evaluation. The PDF file must also be filed no later than 14 days following the candidate’s Province Council.  Please note that uploading the petition to the File Storage Repository (the BOX) can be used in lieu of mailing copies to each member of the Achievement Commission, although each petitioner is still required to mail one (1) copy of the petition to the International Headquarters.

(The instructions for uploading your PDF file are found below.)

Petitions are accepted each year—from Brothers who graduated AND submitted their petition in the year immediately preceding a Grand Chapter Meeting in accordance with the requirements listed above, as well as from  Brothers who submitted their petition in the year that a Grand Chapter Meeting is held.

Candidates are encouraged to prepare their petitions in advance of their Province Council so that after receiving the Province Certification as described in PART III below at their Province meeting, they may distribute their petitions as described above well in advance of the 14-day deadline. These procedures are designed to enhance the overall efficiency of the submission and review protocols that govern the award process.

A mailing list of the Achievement Commission/Committee members can be obtained from International Headquarters.