Program Overview

The Building Better Men program is now consolidated with the Pyramid Accreditation Program and National Chapter Awards Program to form one large program.

The program will maintain the Pyramid structure but will now be broken down into the five Better Men Program standards: Scholarship, Leadership, Diligence, Citizenship, and Character. Below is a breakdown of what each stand for. 

  • Scholarship: Shown by a commitment to academic success through high academic standards and consistent improvement.
  • Leadership: Shown by high involvement in both on and off campus organizations.
  • Diligence: Shown through a commitment to marketing the strengths and benefits of Triangle to ensure chapter growth and retention.
  • Citizenship: Shown through a commitment to philanthropy and service to the National Organization or campus/community to alleviate critical issues in society.
  • Character: Exhibited by the behavior of active and new members through the education and support around current issues and trends facing fraternity members and college students

Each criterion will highlight what Code of Ethics it fulfills and will also be broken down into the four different tiers: red, yellow, green, and blue. Chapters must maintain a red tier but will be encouraged to set goals for National Awards and the potential to win the Building Better Men grand prize.

Application & Evaluation Process

Scoring for the Building Better Men Program is now determined by three different factors— total Pyramid score (85%), one-page reflection letter or short video (10%), and a letter of recommendation from an advisor (5%).

The reflection letter and/or video should summarize your chapter’s year by including what you felt were the chapter’s strengths and weaknesses, what you worked hard to overcome and improve, and why you feel you are deserving of the grand prize.

First Place will be a $100,000 contribution to your Chapter Endowment Fund CEF) in the Triangle Education Foundation. Second Place is a CEF award of $25,000. We also have added a new award for Best Young/New Chapter (also known as the Rattle Award) also with a CEF prize of $25,000.

This money will reside in your CEF and earnings each year can be used for chapter education or leadership, or for educational resources/equipment/services such as –

  • WiFi (hardware and monthly bill) for your chapter house
  • Desks, bookcases, books, computers and software
  • Help fund brothers to Scobie, LTW, a Regional Conference or another accredited leadership development program
  • Creating a newly updated study space in your chapter house
  • A recruitment scholarship for potential new members
  • Scholarship grants to members of your chapter
  • A leadership retreat at an off-site location
  • A leadership speaker, facilitator or trainer
  • Educational grants to cover registration, travel, accommodations, supplies and equipment for academic competitions in which the chapter is participating.

Application materials are due by May 23, 2021. You can submit your application via the link below. To apply, you will need the following:

  • A letter of recommendation/support from your alumni or advisor
  • A reflection detailing your successes and challenges over the past year; 400 – 600 words in written form or 3 to 5 minutes of a self-recorded video
  • Your pyramid scores

Winners will be announced via social media during TRI-CON 2021, our Online Convention in July, and will be added to our roster of winners below.

  • 2020/2021 Winners: It could be your chapter!
  • 2019/2020 Winners: Iowa State (1st Place – $100,000), Michigan State (2nd Place, $25,000), Washington (Rattle Award – $25,000)
  • 2018/2019 Winners: Louisville (1st Place – $100,000), Cal Poly-Pomona (2nd Place, $25,000), Washington (Rattle Award – $25,000)
  • 2017/2018 Winners: Penn State Behrend (1st Place – $100,000), Michigan (2nd Place, $25,000)
  • 2016/2017 Winners: Michigan (1st Place – $100,000), Michigan Tech (2nd Place, $25,000)

National Headquarters Address

120 S. Center Street
Plainfield, IN 46168
P | (317) 837-9640
F | (317) 837-9642

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern)