Awards and recognition

We recognize outstanding individuals and organizations with our prestigious awards. 

Individual awards

Gold Axe Award 

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Each semester, Northern Arizona University recognizes seniors who have made outstanding contributions to the university in the areas of academic performance, service, leadership and participation in activities. The seniors who are selected for their contributions will receive the prestigious Gold Axe Award. These awards will be presented at the Gold Axe Award Reception, co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Office of Alumni Relations. In addition to the Gold Axe Award, the President will honor the top applicants with the President's Prize.

Eligibility

Applicants who have completed at least 90 credit hours are eligible to apply for the award in their final semester. Should they be away from campus in their final semester (for internships, student teaching, etc.) they have the option of applying EITHER during their final semester or the previous term (final semester on campus), but not both.

This must be the applicant's first bachelor degree. Applicants must also be enrolled in coursework and be able to provide documentation in order to qualify.

Deadline

The deadline for spring 2017 is Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Apply

More information and the application are available here or you may contact GoldAxe@nau.edu.

Who's Who Award 

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Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is a nationwide award program that recognizes student leaders based on their academic record and involvement in extracurricular activities. Who’s Who Among Students has become one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation, having earned the overwhelming respect of college faculties and administrations. For students – the outstanding campus leaders of the year – national recognition by the Who’s Who program marks a pinnacle of scholastic achievement.

Students selected for this award will receive a certificate and be listed in the Who's Who Book (purchase optional). Honorees will also have an opportunity to win one of three scholarships in the amounts of $5000, $3000, and $2000 awarded in a random drawing of all honorees in spring of 2017.

Eligibility

Juniors, seniors, graduate students, and a limited number of sophomores are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Deadline

The deadline for 2017 is Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Apply

More information and the application are available here or you may contact Student.Life@nau.edu.

 

Awards for organizations.

Rodney Mather Award

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The Rodney Mather Award is named for Rodney A. Mather, an active and involved student. In his memory, his parents established an award and memorial fund which honors outstanding civic or university service projects by a registered student organization. The student organization selected for the Rodney Mather Award will be presented with a plaque and a cash prize.

Eligibility

The award committee looks for an organization that has full member participation and sponsors community service that impacts the university and the surrounding community. 

Deadline

The deadline for 2016-2017 is Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Apply

More information and the application are available here or you may contact Student.Life@nau.edu.

Projects that are class-related or by academic organizations are not eligible for the Rodney Mather Award. If this is your case, you can apply for the Service Learning Award.

Service Learning Award

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The NAU Service Learning Award was instituted and funded by the Office of Student Life during NAU's 1999 Centennial Celebration to honor outstanding service initiatives or programs that extend students' academic preparation through meaningful community service activities. Through the NAU Service Learning Award the University recognizes the important and unique nexus between academic and service learning opportunities by encouraging and recognizing student involvement as citizens of the larger community. Winners will be honored with a plaque during Family Weekend 2017.

Eligibility

Any registered student organization or academic course or program is eligible to receive the award.

Deadline

The deadline for 2016-2017 is Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Apply

More information and the application are available here or you may contact Student.Life@nau.edu.