Tri-Alpha Honor Society
A Tri-Alpha chapter promotes academic excellence and provides opportunities for growth, leadership development, and community service for first-generation college students.
All first-generation college students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni of NAU are eligible to join Tri-Alpha Honor Society.
- The opportunity to meet other first-generation scholars and join them in promoting academic excellence and creating a supportive environment for first-generation college students.
- Leadership opportunities with the Tri-Alpha chapter at Northern Arizona University.
- Identifies you to employers, professionals, and graduate schools as a person of superior academic ability and commitment.
- An outward recognition of personal accomplishment and an incentive for continued high scholarship.
- Members receive a certificate and pin signifying membership. Membership is for life.
Our next induction ceremony will be held in the beginning of November 2021.
Students can run for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.
Tri-Alpha Honor Society Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member of the Tri-Alpha Honor Society? Accordion Closed
- Submit an application
- If you are invited to become a member, then you will need to pay the membership due
- Do your best to attend the induction ceremony
- To be clear, even if you have met the first two steps, individuals officially become members when the next induction ceremony is held
When is the application cycle open? Accordion Closed
- Around April 1st through August 30th for the fall induction ceremony
- Around October 1st through January 15th for the spring induction ceremony
When are decisions about membership made? Accordion Closed
After final grades have posted for the most recent semester.
Are there any additional costs? Accordion Closed
A graduation cord for the Tri-Alpha Honor Society is $14. Participants will need to complete participation requirements in order to be eligible for the Tri-Alpha graduation cord. If we do not have enough funds raised, then it is possible the student member will need to pay for their graduation cords.
What type of events do you offer? Accordion Closed
- Social events
- General meetings to discuss and vote on decisions for the chapter
- Workshop recommendations
- A one-time mentoring connection with the staff advisor
- A list of volunteer opportunities
Are there any exceptions to the eligibility requirements? Accordion Closed
The chapter officers and advisors can speak with the national office on a case-by-case basis, however, it is unlikely we will make exceptions since the eligibility requirements are set by the national Tri-Alpha Honor Society office.
Can I apply after the deadline? Accordion Closed
We will no longer be able to accept applications after the posted deadline. If you have missed the recent application deadline, then you will be encouraged to apply at a later time.
Will I be asked to leave if I cannot commit to the participation recommendations? Accordion Closed
All members are encouraged to participate in activities offered each semester. The only reason we would dismiss a member would be if a person violates university conduct standards. A Tri-Alpha member can also choose to resign from the organization.
Does a faculty or staff member of Northern Arizona University have to be an alumnus of the university to join? Accordion Closed
No, faculty and staff members at NAU can join if they are a first-generation college graduate at their respective university and have shown prior involvement with helping first-generation college students at the university.
Is Tri-Alpha a student organization at NAU? Accordion Closed
Currently, the Tri-Alpha Honor Society is a student group under the Office of First-Generation Programs.
How do I use the Suitable app to track my involvement in the Tri-Alpha chapter? Accordion Closed
Please review the videos provided on our YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/NAU1stGenYouTube