The Elder Watson Diggs Award

The Elder Watson Diggs Award is one of the highest awards available to a member of Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc. It is important that the petition be accurate, factual, concise and convincingly supported by exhibits. Exhibits may consist of copies of newspaper articles, copies of certificates and awards and letters of acknowledgment, etc. Scrapbooks, photo albums, videotapes should not be included as exhibits. 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 no more than five (5) candidates to the Grand Board for approval.

Petitions for the Elder Watson Diggs Award are submitted on a standard form secured from the Fraternity’s International Headquarters (IHQ). The completed form must be prepared early enough so that it is postmarked to IHQ and all members of the Achievement Commission within fourteen (14) days following the candidate’s Province Council. A mailing list of the Achievement Commission members can be obtained from International Headquarters. Petitions are accepted only in the year of a Grand Chapter Meeting. 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.

The petition must be distributed as follows:

  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 (d) 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 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 CouncilPlease 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.

A mailing list of the Achievement Commission members can be obtained from International Headquarters. Petitions are accepted only in the year of a Grand Chapter Meeting.

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

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.