Recognition of achievement and dedication to the Fraternity is important. Members and chapters that have distinguished themselves on various levels of the Fraternity, or within their professions, bring honor not only to themselves but also to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The Fraternity realizes the value in acknowledging exceptional service and that the presentation of an award of recognition is also a primary way to show our appreciation.

The True Gentleman of the Year Award is the highest honor the Fraternity can bestow on an undergraduate brother. The award, first given in 2000, is presented annually to an undergraduate who has been determined to be the most outstanding collegiate in Sigma Alpha Epsilon, considering scholastic achievement, fraternity involvement, university leadership, and community service. Each chapter in good standing is encouraged to nominate a brother deserving of this honor. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award, endowed by Warren P. Poslusny (Kettering ’69) to recognize brothers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in the Fraternity.

Hector Lozada (Florida State University ’21) was named the 2021 True Gentleman of the Year. Lozada has served as his chapter’s Eminent Correspondent, Philanthropy Chairman, Executive/Presidential Advisor, and as a member of the National Committee for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.

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On-campus, Lozada served as an Interfraternity Council Rush Captain, Hazing Prevention Coordinator, a member of the Center For Health Advocacy and Wellness, Chairman of the IFC Expansion Committee, Vice President of Membership, an assistant for the Fraternity and Sorority Life Emerging Leaders Course, and was a member of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Hiring Committee.

In his community, he completed over 300 community service hours in the past year alone. Academically, he was named to the Florida State President’s and Dean’s list four times, maintaining a 3.6 GPA. Lozada’s leadership within his chapter led them to the Most Improved Chapter at the 165th Anniversary Convention as well.

“Obviously I was proud of myself, but really I was proud for representing my chapter in that way,” Lozada said. “We’ve been through a ton in these past couple of years since I joined the chapter. Just to see us come this far, I was proud of myself but I was really happy I could represent my chapter and Florida State in that light as well. 

We were in thousands of dollars in debt, an almost insurmountable amount of debt. We’re all on good footing now and I think we’ve provided that foundation and it was really hard to get there.”

Lozada is planning to attend law school at the University of San Diego this fall. He hopes to become a lawyer, specializing in intellectual property.