NPC Friends and Family, the non-profit foundation that supports Northland Pioneer College, has over $13,000 available in scholarship funding to assist students enrolling at NPC for the spring 2019 semester. Individual awards range from $500 to over $1,100. Details and full application instructions can be found at www.npc.edu/scholarships, using NPC Friends and Family in the keyword, type or category search fields.
All students interested in applying for scholarships should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov prior to submitting their scholarship applications.
For more information about the FAFSA, students may contact the NPC Financial Aid office at 928-524-7318.
NPC Friends and Family Executive Director Betsyann Wilson has made it a personal crusade to teach students how to access and apply for scholarships, not just NPC Friends and Family scholarships, but the hundreds of scholarships that are available for college students.
“When NPC Friends and Family first raised enough money to award a few scholarships in 2014, I was astonished that we received hardly any applications,” Wilson notes. “In talking with students, faculty, staff and administrators, I gained a couple of new perspectives: Students think scholarships are only for the highest achievers, and they think they aren’t capable of writing a competitive essay,” she explains.
Wilson, working with the late Pres Winslow, developed a workshop to teach students how to develop a scholarship essay and how to conduct a scholarship search. She teaches the workshop across the college service area, and notes that it has resulted in an increase in both the number and quality of applications she receives each semester. Wilson also assists students in editing their scholarship essays for both technical integrity and content.
Since Fall 2014, NPC Friends and Family has awarded over 200 scholarships to NPC students, making a tremendous difference in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. Over 97 percent of awardees have either completed an NPC degree or certificate program, or are still enrolled at the college.
New this semester, NPC Friends and Family is pleased to announce the Jeanne Swarthout, Ph.D., Presidential Excellence Scholarship. Funds for this scholarship were donated by friends of Dr. Swarthout to commemorate her recent retirement, and to honor her career in education, and especially her years of dedication to Northland Pioneer College. This prestigious scholarship is for degree-seeking students enrolled in six or more credits during the semester of award, with a 3.5 or better grade-point average (GPA) at the time of application. It provides $1,000 to the awardee for the spring 2019 semester.
In Spring 2015, the NPC Friends and Family board approved the Fill-the-Gaps and Leg-Up scholarships, allocating $500 for each scholarship to one student at every NPC campus and center, making 18 $500 scholarships available to students. The Fill-the-Gaps Scholarship supplements the unmet financial needs of students who are eligible for the federal Pell grant. The Leg-Up Scholarship is for students who are ineligible for the Pell award.
The NPC Friends and Family U.S. Military Veterans Scholarship awards $500 to one U.S. veteran each semester who is enrolled in at least six college credits during the semester of award. Prior to applying for this scholarship, interested veterans should contact NPC’s Veterans Affairs Certifying Official, Chelsea Hager, at 928-524-7469.
The remainder of the scholarships available for Spring 2019 are memorial funds. Charles E. Listizky was a longtime resident of Holbrook, Arizona, and an advocate of lifelong education. A scholarship was established by his family in his memory to assist Native American students in their pursuit of a college degree. One $500 Listizky scholarship is awarded college-wide each semester to an eligible Native American NPC student.
Pres Winslow was a lifelong advocate for at-risk students and an active proponent of post-secondary education. After retiring, Pres moved to Winslow, where he volunteered countless hours assisting students at Winslow Junior High and Senior High school in preparing for college. He also served on the NPC District Governing Board. Following his untimely death in June 2016, many of Pres’ lifelong friends joined his family in endowing a scholarship in his name. The Pres Winslow Memorial Scholarship is open district-wide to NPC students. One $1,000 award is made each semester.
Valeree Reidhead Claude was a Pinetop firefighter who died while on duty. Her colleagues created the VAL 153 Memorial Scholarship to honor her memory and to assist NPC students with the tuition and course fees for Firefighter I and II, HazMat for First Responders, or EMT Basic courses.
Northland Pioneer College serves the residents of Navajo and Apache counties through four regional campuses and five centers with a variety of educational options for academic, career and technical and personal enrichment. The nine locations are the White Mountain Campus in Show Low, Silver Creek Campus in Snowflake/Taylor, Painted Desert Campus in Holbrook, Little Colorado Campus in Winslow, Hopi Center in Polacca, Kayenta Center, Springerville/Eager Center, St. Johns Center and Whiteriver Center. NPC supports each student’s educational goals through affordable tuition, small class sizes and caring, professional instructors. For more information about NPC programs and services, call (800) 266-7845.