The Gold Key Award is given by the Macdonald Branch of the McGill Alumni Association to worthy students in recognition of their outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities at the Macdonald Campus. It is open to all students who are currently registered and have studied at the Macdonald Campus for a period of at least one year, and who are in good academic standing. A student may only receive the Award once. The Gold Key Award is separate from and independent of the McGill Scarlet Key Award.
Any employee, student or graduate of Macdonald Campus may nominate worthy students. This is an award for which one is nominated; self-nominations are not accepted.
Students nominated for the Award must show leadership and excellence in the promotion and development of extracurricular activities at Macdonald, to the benefit of the Macdonald community as a whole. Selection will be based on the extent and effectiveness of involvement, leadership shown, ability to work with peers and continuity of programs.
A committee selected by the Macdonald Branch of the McGill Alumni Association screens all nominations. Those students selected for the Gold Key Award are be publicly acknowledged and awarded gold pins during the Founder's Day Celebrations.