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Varsity Chapters 101

Varsity Chapter status is conferred on chapters that display a high level of organization and performance. Varsity Chapters receive additional WFAA support and resources. In order to be considered for Varsity Chapter status, the following qualifications must be met:

Fulfill Annual Administrative Requirements

  • Establish board leadership consisting of UW–Madison alumni.
  • Submit an annual report and board roster.
  • Complete all necessary WAA paperwork, including:
    • Data Agreement
    • Code of Ethics
    • Volunteer Expectations
  • Hold at least two board meetings annually.
  • Create chapter bylaws or a chapter charter, including a leadership succession plan.
  • Direct chapter communications through the WFAA email system.
  • Use WAA-branded logos and materials for all communications and promotional materials at events.
  • Maintain an active local scholarship program.
  • Abstain from charging dues.
  • Maintain a WFAA-hosted chapter website (domestic chapters only).

Fulfill Annual Event Requirements

  • Host a Founders’ Day celebration, if applicable.
  • Host a Badger Student Send-Off Celebration, if applicable
  • Host two additional events per year, not including game watches.

WAA Support for Varsity Chapters

Varsity Chapters receive all of the support offered to WAA-recognized chapters, plus:

  • Program, fundraising, and stewardship support for chapter scholarship programs.
  • A chapter website and support.
  • Founders’ Day speaker, marketing, and registration support.
  • Badger Student Send-Off Celebration marketing and registration support.
  • Eligibility for programming grants to fund new events and activities, or to enhance existing ones.
  • Eligibility to apply for travel grants for chapter leaders who attend Badger-leaders training events.
  • Choice of one custom chapter-identity item.
  • One paid registration to attend the annual Badger Leaders Conference.