The McCune Distinguished Chapter Award is named in honor of Edward H. McCune, Central Missouri ‘20. Dr. McCune was a Founder and our fourth National President, as well as a physiologist and scholar of history. He maintained life-long involvement in Sig Tau and was the author of the Creed and the Code of Conduct.
The Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapter Award recognizes the premier chapters in Sig Tau. It was first presented in 1966 at the 22nd Grand Conclave. Originally the award was given to just one chapter, but in 1967 it began being presented to one recipient, and four runners-up.
Early chapter winners were selected by applications and judged by a panel appointed by the Fraternity Board of Directors. The applicants documented how their chapter successfully pursued the Principles of Sig Tau.
The award is now judged by the McCune Metrics Scorecard. Using a point-based scale, the scorecard measures chapter performance in academics, finance & operations, recruitment, education & wellness, campus engagement, and community engagement.
Today, the three top scoring chapters, in a predetermined size category, are recognized as the Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapters.
Youngstown State University, Beta Gamma 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Epsilon Upsilon 
Henderson State University, Alpha Epsilon 
University of Arizona, Zeta Pi 
Purdue University, Beta Theta [2019,2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]
Missouri State University, Omega 
University of Southern Indiana, Gamma Phi [2017, 2013, 1983]
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Epsilon Tau 
Emporia State University, Delta [2016, 2012, 2006, 1997, 1995, 1977]
Northwest Missouri State University, Theta 
Southeast Missouri State University, Alpha Phi 
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Beta Kappa [2010, 2009, 2008]
Truman State University, Beta [2007, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1980, 1979, 1973]
University of Central Missouri, Alpha 
Duquesne University, Delta Beta 
Western Illinois University, Alpha Delta 
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Alpha Chi 
Illinois State University, Gamma Psi [1991, 1987, 1985, 1982, 1978]
Carnegie Mellon University, Delta Xi 
Stephen F. Austin State University, Gamma Pi 
Michigan Technological University, Gamma Chi 
University of Central Arkansas, Sigma [1984, 1981, 1975, 1971, 1975, 1968]
Minot State University, Gamma Delta [1976, 1969]
Northeastern State University, Zeta 
University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Gamma Xi 
University of Wisconsin – Stout, Alpha Kappa 
St. Cloud State University, Beta Sigma 
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, Beta Mu