The NAU Graduate College supports all aspects of graduate education and provides robust professional development opportunities.
Looking for a way to make your impact on the Graduate College? You can make a real difference by donating to one of these funds:
3 Minute Research Presentations (3MPR) Fund - The 3MRP Competition provides an opportunity for NAU graduate students to present their thesis, dissertation, capstone research, scholarship, and/or creative work to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in just three minutes. This professional development opportunity is designed to increase and improve graduate students’ communication skills, as well as their capacity to effectively present research, scholarship, or creative work.
Graduate Student Travel - Provides graduate students with vital career experience by funding travel for scholarly and professional ventures.
Donate to any fund in the Graduate College and once we receive 10 in total gifts Dean Maribeth Watwood will donate $1,000 to support programming and students in graduate programs. WE are Lumberjacks!
True Blue Alumni Challenge sponsored by the NAU Alumni Association Board
Help us start off the day with our first milestone and show the Lumberjack community we are True Blue! When we reach 329 alumni gifts on #NAUGivingDay the following current and former members of the board will release $6,000 in gifts: Blaise Caudill ’13; Kedren Dillard, ’00; Trina George, ’09; Carmelle Malkovich, ’03; Jana Harper, ’90; Melvin Hunter, ’10; Jim Jayne, ’91; Joe Mead, ’83; Maggie Thom, ’12; , Wayne Watson, ’84; Cathy Wylet, ’82; Rick Koch, ’72; Janet Sweigart, ’83; Mary O'Driscoll, ’82; Marquitta Rippy, ’15; Eduardo Moreno, '21; Brandon Rivera, ’14; and Heidi Hansen, ’91. WE Are Lumberjacks!
WE Are Lumberjacks Challenge sponsored by the NAU Foundation Board
Help us reach 1,250 gifts on #NAUGivingDay. Once we reach 1,250 the following gifts from members of the NAU Foundation will be released totaling $21,000: $5,000 from Victoria Fimea to support The Fimea Family Endowment for Excellence in Communication; $2,000 from Robin Braun to support Admiral Braun Leadership Endowment; $2,000 from Teresa Bartels; $500 from Booker Evans; $1,500 from Bill Heibel; and $10,000 from Katrina Rogers to support Rogers-Cherry Graduate Scholarship in the Master’s of Arts in Sustainable Communities. WE Are Lumberjacks!
Leaderboards - Top College or Unit
Top performing unit or college by total gifts.
Socks for the first 1,000 gifts!
The first 1,000 people to donate $60 or more on NAU Giving Day will receive a pair of limited-edition socks. Don't get cold feet, make your gift now!
Presidential Challenge sponsored by President José Cruz Rivera and Dr. Rima Brusi
President José Cruz Rivera and Dr. Rima Brusi created a fund to support the unique challenges faced by students who are also parents – a role president Cruz Rivera understands since he was a parent while attending college. On Giving Day, they will personally donate another $2,500 after 500 donors make a gift to any fund. Go Jacks!
#AxeOfKindness Challenge sponsored by NAU Leadership
Our NAU campus leaders challenge you! Help us reach 1,000 gifts on #NAUGivingDay. Once we reach 1,000 the following leaders will release their gifts totaling $13,340: Ann Marie Chischilly; Anne Marie deWeise; Laurie Dickson; Christy Farley; Bjorn Flugstad; John Georgas; Nick Lobejko; Josh Mackey; Julie Mueller; Anika Olsen; Michelle Parker; Amy and Chris Phillips; Karen Pugliesi; Margot Saltonstall; Harlan Teller; and Jason Wilder. Go Jacks!
NAU Legacy Challenge sponsored by the DeMund Foundation
The DeMund Foundation will release a $30,000 gift once 1,500 gifts are given to #NAUGivingDay. The DeMund Foundation supports the over 46% of scholars who identify as first-generation students of NAU.
Leaderboards - President's Staff and Faculty Challenge
President José Luis Cruz Rivera is challenging faculty and staff to get involved on Giving Day. He will personally deliver donuts and coffee to the department that has the highest percentage of participation. Give now and help your department win this special treat!
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