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Awards for our Valued Members


Call for Entries for 2017 Awards Programs

Will this be the year YOUR chapter receives the coveted Chapter Excellence Award (CEA)? Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in SDA that should be nominated for the Chapter Star Award or the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award? Click on the links below for information and submission requirements.


2017 Chapter Excellence Award Criteria

2017 Chapter Excellence Tracking Worksheet

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria

2017 Star Award Criteria



Need Tips to Prepare Your Awards Submissions?  Review the recording from our recent our webinar "All You Need to Know About Submitting for the 2017 Awards"

Click here to begin viewing the presentation.


Congratulations to our 2016 Chapter Excellence Award Winner 

Our National Awards Committee has received the submissions and the jury has deliberated. We are pleased to announce that SDA Atlanta is the winner of this year's Chapter Excellence Award. The jury considered best practices in six different areas including: Best Membership Campaign;  Best Membership Retention OutreachBest Educational ProgramBest Networking/Social Event; Best Fundraising Effort; Best Communication Tool.  

Want to get an idea of how a submission might look?Click here to read the entire 2016 CEA winner press release, SDA Atlanta submission along with the submittals of the other chapters who submitted their materials including Dallas and Orange County.


Lifetime Achievement Award (LTA)

This prestigious award is presented annually to a member who has made continued and significant contributions to the Society for Design Administration throughout their membership. Any SDA member (including Members-at-Large or Chapter) may nominate a member/member-at-large for this honor. Evaluation shall be based upon the descriptive essay of the nominee’s achievements, letter of reference from nominee’s supervisor and/or professional peer, and volume and type of SDA involvement. Download LTA Award criteria and submission tips here.

Congratulations to our 2016 LTA Award Winner, Janet Bucholdt, CDFA, of the SDA Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter!

 Click here to see the list of all prior Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.


Star Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the service and dedication of an individual to SDA. It is given for significant contributions to the membership of a Chapter or the entire Society through participation in and support of its meetings and publications, fundraising, recruitment, or other significant activities. The intent of this award is to recognize individual contributions.  Click here for STAR Award criteria.


Still have questions about completing your Awards submissions?  Review the presentation from the Awards Committee for tips and  insights here.



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