Mar 1, 2024

Phi Delta Theta Launches Max Gruver Award Honoring Chapters’ Commitment to Anti-Hazing Efforts

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Phi Delta Theta Launches Max Gruver Award Honoring Chapters’ Commitment to Anti-Hazing Efforts

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity proudly announces the establishment of a new chapter award dedicated to honoring outstanding achievements in promoting a culture of safety. The Fly High Max Award recognizes chapters that have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to anti-hazing efforts and initiatives, reflecting the Fraternity’s commitment to creating a safer and more inclusive brotherhood.

Named in honor of Max Gruver, a cherished Phikeia of Phi Delta Theta whose life was tragically cut short due to hazing, the Fly High Max Award celebrates chapters that have gone above and beyond in advocating against hazing and promoting a culture of responsibility and accountability.

Max Gruver was a Phikeia at the Louisiana Beta Chapter at Louisiana State University. His passing on September 14, 2017, served as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of hazing. In response to this tragedy, Phi Delta Theta has partnered with the Max Gruver Foundation to amplify anti-hazing education and awareness efforts.

The Fly High Max Award recognizes chapters that have actively engaged in initiatives such as the Stop Hazing high school programming, anti-hazing education and advocacy, support of the Max Gruver Foundation, lobbying for anti-hazing legislation, and raising awareness about the dangers of hazing.

To qualify for the award, chapters must apply, outlining their commitment to anti-hazing work, evidence of participation in anti-hazing initiatives, and a letter of recommendation from partner organizations advocating for anti-hazing awareness. This application will be submitted with all other chapter and individual awards on myPhiDelt by May 1, 2024.

Establishing the Fly High Max Award emphasizes Phi Delta Theta’s ongoing efforts to eradicate hazing and promote a positive fraternity experience. By recognizing chapters prioritizing safety and accountability, Phi Delta Theta aims to inspire a new generation of leaders committed to upholding the Fraternity’s brotherhood, integrity, and lifelong commitment.

For more information about Phi Delta Theta’s partnership with the Max Gruver Foundation and Phi Delta Theta’s anti-hazing initiatives, please visit

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