Gold Axe Awards
Recognizing outstanding contributions to the NAU community
Each semester, Northern Arizona University recognizes seniors who have made outstanding contributions to the university and community. The award honors those who are committed to excelling in life outside of the classroom through leading student organizations, providing service to the community, involvement in their academic college, and more.
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 Associated Students of NAU (ASNAU), Office of Leadership, Engagement, Activities and Peer mentoring (LEAP), and the Office of Alumni Engagement. In addition to the Gold Axe Award, the NAU President will honor the top applicants with the President’s Prize.
Eligibility Accordion Closed
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’s degree. Applicants must also be enrolled in coursework and be able to provide documentation in order to qualify.
The Gold Axe celebrates seniors who have contributed significantly to life outside of the classroom. Your application reflects all of your accomplishments, contributions, and commitments. Please be detailed in representing your Lumberjack story.
Deadline Accordion Closed
The application deadline for Spring 2022 is Wednesday, February 16 at 5:00pm. Late submissions will not be accepted or reviewed. The selection committee will review all applications and all applicants will be notified whether they are or are not chosen to receive the award by early March 2022.
Apply Accordion Closed
The Gold Axe application is available online and meant to be completed in a single session. You will need to have the following prepared before submitting your application:
- your basic information (total credits, cumulative GPA, major/college, campus, etc.)
- clubs and/or organizations that you actively participated in while at NAU
- scholarships, awards, and/or recognitions received while at NAU
- involvement and activities within your major’s college/school
- activities involving service to others, such as volunteer activities
- involvement in other activities (including multicultural events, employment, etc.) both on and off campus
- Your answer to both of the following essay questions:
- Describe how you have contributed to Lumberjack life during your tenure at NAU.
- What accomplishment from your time at NAU are you most proud of?
In addition to your application, a Recommendation Form must be filled out by a faculty/staff member of NAU. This is also due by Wednesday, February 16 at 5:00pm. It is the applicant’s responsibility to send this form to the faculty/staff member of their choice and inform them of the deadline.
Please contact GoldAxe@nau.edu with any questions.