Brother of the Year Award

Collegiate BOTY Award Winner: Ian Watson

"Thank you so much to the Northern Plains Province for awarding me the honor of Collegiate Brother of the Year. It is humbling to be recognized amongst the countless wonderful brothers of our province. Kappa Psi has given me lifelong friends and role models of the person I hope to be. It is my hope that we all help to create that same positive experience for our current and future brothers."- Ian Watson

Nomination Essay Excerpt:

“Ian’s selflessness, dedication, and hardworking characteristics are just some of the few reasons the Brothers of Beta Chi believe he deserves this award. As a Brother, he is someone many can rely on when needing help with projects or personal growth. Ian served as a mentor for many incoming members, and his love for Kappa Psi motivates brothers to progress the growing profession. Ian exemplifies Industry, Sobriety, Fellowship, and High Ideals in everything he has done throughout his time on campus. Fellowship and High Ideals have been his strongest contributions to the chapter as he has befriended all those who became, and who will continue to become, Brothers of Beta Chi. He always found ways to improve positions and committees leaving a lasting impact on our chapter. Ian’s commitment to Kappa Psi is life-long, and the Beta Chi chapter will forever be proud to be his brother.” - Beta Chi Chapter

Honorable mentions:

Abby Weaver - Beta Psi (RUNNER UP)

Brittany Henry - Beta Sigma

Autumn Klaudt - Gamma Kappa

Katie Koss - Zeta Theta

Emily Lekah - Epsilon

Nicole Therrien - Delta Zeta

Nomination absent: Gamma Epsilon, Beta Nu, Delta Psi

Graduate BOTY Award Winner: Pamela Wong Wiltfang

Honorable mentions:

Bailee Carlson - South Dakota Graduate Chapter

Derek Vo - Minnesota Graduate Chapter

Nominations absent: North Dakota Graduate Chapter, Wisconsin Graduate Chapter

"Thank you so much to those that nominated me for this award. I’m deeply honored as NPP has MANY graduate brothers that deserve this recognition. Thank you again to all the brothers have been and continue to be outstanding mentors to me. I would also like to thank my amazing husband because none of the involvement would be possible without his support."- Pamela Wong Wiltfang

Nomination excerpt:

“I have known Pamela since 2008 as her professor when she was a student at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. During her time as a student, she truly was a stand-out, even as I reflect back from 10 years ago. She was a true leader with a strong repertoire of activities, professional engagement, academics and leadership. Through no surprise, this level of achievement continues today.” 
“Pamela overall exemplifies the characteristics of loyalty and leadership through everyday behavior. She is an ambassador for the profession and a mentor for so many of our future pharmacists. She also has a wonderful personality, positive attitude, and is passionate about everything she does. The repertoire of professional engagement she has achieved in the last 8 years is commendable. She is the most deserving candidate for the NPP Graduate Brother of the Year Award and she has my highest recommendation.” - Brother Deanna McDanel


Section 1: Who can be nominated?

I. One collegiate brother will be nominated by his or her respective collegiate chapter for the Collegiate Brother of the Year.

II. One graduate brother will be nominated by his or her respective graduate chapter for Graduate Brother of the Year. 


A brother cannot be nominated for this award if this brother is a current Northern Plains Province Executive Committee Member or the International Executive Committee Member; however, individual chapter EC members are eligible for nomination. If the brother is a P4 at the time of the nomination, then this brother will be considered as a collegiate brother. If said brother wins the Collegiate Brother of the Year, then the same brother cannot be nominated for the Graduate Brother of the Year Award the following year. In the brother's second year of being a graduate brother, the brother then becomes eligible for the nomination of Graduate Brother of the Year Award. 


 Section 2: How are they nominated?

I. Collegiate Brother of the Year Award: Each chapter within the province will choose one brother from their own chapter by filling out the designated form and submitting it to the designated person.

II. Graduate Brother of the Year Award: Each graduate chapter within the province will choose one brother from their own graduate chapter. If a brother is a member of more than one graduate chapter and is nominated by more than one graduate chapter, the submissions will be combined into one. 

A brother cannot be nominated more than two times in a row, and a brother cannot win the award more than once in a 3-year period, even if the brother graduate within 3-year time frame. 

Section 3: What is the criteria for Brother of the Year?

I. A nominee will be in good standing with both the chapter and province verified by the Northern Plains Province Executive Committee and collegiate GCD for collegiate nominees and graduate regent for graduate nominees. 

II. A nominee must embody the four pillars: Industry, Sobriety, Fellowship, and High Ideals

III. A nominee will fill out the nominee form, outlining the following: ​​

A. Service to the fraternity 

This section includes any chapter, provincial, or national offices held, and/or committee involvement, and other special projects within the fraternity such as, but not limited to BP screenings, community service events etc. 

B. Service to the university

This section should include any offices held, special projects ongoing or completed, and special recognitions or awards within the University setting​. This can involve any preceptorship or award from a university for encouraging student growth and success. 

C. Service to the profession

Membership in state or other national pharmaceutical organizations​, offices held in other organizations or committee assignments NOT within the school will be included in this section. Any special award or recognition related to such organization should be disclosed. 

D. The nominee will write a 500- word essay based upon a Kappa Psi-related topic. ​

The current topic is "What impact have you had on Kappa Psi? What impact has Kappa Psi had on you?"

IV. ​Each nominee must have a letter from the chapter detailing why their nominee should receive this award (MAX 500 words)

The letter should include any information about the brother they would like and should focus on impact the brother has had on the chapter. TIP: Do no spend too much space repeating the positions this brother has held, as they will already be listed in the form they fill out.


Section 4: How will we eliminate bias?

I. Each nomination will be blinded by a member of EC (or any committee chair/appointee that is in charge of the award). Submissions will be sent to that person, and the designated blinder will remove any personal information that could indicate who the nominee from each chapter is.

II. Each NPP EC member will be trusted to remove themselves from the room if their graduate or collegiate chapter is voting on the nominee in order to remain blinded. NPP EC is NOT allowed to know who any of the nominations are (with the exception of whoever is blinding the nominations)

III. Graduate brothers will vote on collegiate brothers and vice versa. See section 5.

Section 5: Voting

I. NPP EC will vote on both graduate and collegiate brother of the year nominations.

II. Graduate regents will submit their votes on collegiate submissions, and collegiate regents will submit their votes on graduate submissions. The chapter as a whole, chapter EC, or just the regent may vote. Currently, there are no requirements about who gives input. The regent, however, will be the one to submit their final votes/rankings.

III. All submissions will be blinded and assigned an ID. The chapter essay and nominee forms will be combined into one document. 

IV. Chapters will rank what they believe is the Top 5  submissions based on the following criteria, ranking each as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th: 

A. Four pillars: Industry, Sobriety, High Ideals, Fellowship

B. Impact Factor

C. Overall ranking

Section 6: What will the awarded brothers receive?

I. Brothers will be given plaques with their names and stating they are the Brother of the Year. 

II. Collegiate brother may receive a scholarship depending on the NPP budget and sponsorship. 

III. The winning graduate brother may present a short speech at the graduation ritual in the spring.

IV. Current winners will be posted on social media. Past and current winners will be present on the NPP website.

Section 7: How to submit a nomination.

I. Email submission forms to the designated BOTY award chair/person.

II. Each letter is limited to one single-spaced page.

III. Information needed: chapter, regent + email, brother nominee + email, GCD (for collegiate chapters) + email

IV. Demo forms are currently available to view. 

Section 8: How to submit a vote.

I. Fill out the rubric ranking the brothers based on voting criteria.

II. submit this to the designated BOTY person.

Section 9: How to count the votes.

I. The designated award chairperson that blinded entries will collect all votes. The highest average ranking among the categories will determine the winner. 

II. Province Supervisors are welcome to double-check the chairperson's work. 

Please send any questions/concerns/feedback to Arianna Johnson:

All SUBMISSIONS should be sent to

Chapter Nominee Form

Nominee Form and Nominee Essay