Eighteen students have been awarded over $25,000 in scholarships for the Fall 2019 semester from NPC Friends and Family. The non-profit foundation supports Northland Pioneer College, primarily through raising need-based scholarships for students across the college’s 21,000-square-mile service area.
“In keeping with the commitment of the NPC Friends and Family board, students from every campus and center who applied received awards,” notes executive director Betsyann Wilson. “We received 55 qualified applications!”
Fourteen applicants received the Fill the Gaps scholarship of $500. As the name implies, this scholarship is designated for those students who are receiving financial aid, but need additional dollars to help with unmet financial need. The Leg Up scholarship in the amount of $500 was awarded to four students. The Leg Up scholarship is for students who do not qualify to receive financial aid. “I really appreciate the wisdom of the first NPC Friends and Family board in developing this scholarship,” Wilson notes. “These are often the students who truly fall through the cracks, so this scholarship is a huge help to those who win it.”
The Jon Graff, Ph.D., Fund, established by Dr. Jon Graff, a longtime participant in Pedal the Petrified, provides three scholarships, each worth $500. The Jon Graff, Ph.D., University Bound Scholarship assists those students who are enrolled in a degree program for university transfer. Dr. Graff approved awarding this scholarship to four students for Fall 2019. Reuben Williams of Show Low aspires to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then continue his studies, ultimately becoming a Nurse Anesthetist. Nick Reyes, a 2019 graduate of Winslow High School, also aspires to a career as a Nurse Anesthetist. Megan Joe, also of Winslow, is pursuing an Associate of General Studies Degree at NPC, but plans to become a Physical Trainer. Snowflake resident Cynthia Owen will complete her studies at NPC and go on to university to prepare for a career in Social Work. Owen was a Spring 2019 winner of the Jon Graff, Ph.D., University Bound scholarship.
Brooke Alexander and Max Alexander, who attend the Painted Desert Campus in Holbrook, both won the Jon Graff, Ph.D., Career and Technical Education Scholarship for the second time. While both began at NPC as students in the Welding program, Brooke is broadening her educational plans to include an Associate Degree in the Energy and Industrial Technician program. Silver Creek Campus student Matthew Ketner and White Mountain’s Lacey Fisher were each awarded the Jon Graff, Ph.D., College and Career Prep Scholarship.
The winner of the Fall 2019 Charles Listizky Memorial Scholarship is Ashley DeMaria of Holbrook. Ashley will begin her second year of the NPC Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Little Colorado Campus in Winslow. While working part-time to support herself and her daughter, Ashley was also accepted to co-enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Northern Arizona University, one of the few NPC nursing students to do so. She is also the student representative for the Little Colorado Campus Nursing Class of 2020, and a member of the 2019 All-Arizona Academic Team.
The $1,000 Jeanne Swarthout Presidential Excellence Scholarship was awarded to Snowflake’s Diane Vaoga. A single mom, middle-aged and raising her two youngest children alone, Vaoga returned to college at NPC in the Fall of 2018 to pursue prerequisites for the nursing program. She has excelled in her coursework and has been accepted into the program for the Fall 2019 semester, after completing a rigorous schedule of 19.5 credits in Spring 2019. Vaoga aspires to ultimately achieve a Master’s degree in Nursing, with an eye on becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health and Palliative Care.
Winslow High School senior Nick Reyes won the Pres Winslow Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. He began taking classes at NPC in his junior year of high school and will also attend NPC this summer. His immediate goal is to complete his prerequisites and be accepted into the NPC Nursing program in Fall 2020.
Since Fall 2014, NPC Friends and Family has awarded over 230 scholarships to NPC students, making a tremendous difference in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. Over 97% of awardees have either completed an NPC degree or certificate program, or are still enrolled at the college.
All donations to NPC Friends and Family, a 501 (c) (3) organization, are tax deductible. NPC Friends & Family is organized exclusively to support the mission and goals of Northland Pioneer College through advancement of college programs and services, establishment and growth of student scholarships and positive promotion of NPC. For more information about fundraising events or creating or donating to a scholarship, please contact Betsyann Wilson at (928) 536-6245, email, or consider making a gift today by visiting www.npcfriendsfamily.org.
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