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 Spring 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 2015 has passed.

Apply

For more information on this award, contact GoldAxe@nau.edu.

Who's Who Award 

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Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities is a nation-wide award program that recognizes student leaders based on their academic record and involvement in extracurricular activities. 

Eligibility

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

Deadline

The deadline for 2015 has passed.

Robert and Joy Crozier Leadership Award

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This leadership award seeks to recognize the best example of leadership activity by an individual student during the current academic year. This award highlights activities that enhance student leadership skills and provides opportunities to connect academic learning with hands-on leadership.

Eligibility

The selected student must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, be a full-time student, and be a citizen of the United States. Additionally, the recipient must be a continuing student who will be enrolled in classes for fall of 2015.

Deadline

The deadline for 2014-2015 has passed.

Apply
More information and the application will be available online in Spring 2016.

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.

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 2014-2015 deadline has passed.

Apply

More information and the application will be available online in Spring 2016.

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 Service Learning Award honors outstanding programs that extend students' academic experience through meaningful community service activities.

Eligibility

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

Deadline

The 2014-2015 deadline has passed.

Apply

More information and the application will be available online in Spring 2016.