NPC Friends and Family (NPCFF), the 501-c-3 foundation that supports lifelong learning at Northland Pioneer College has just announced the winners of over $15,500.00 in scholarships for the Spring 2020 semester. A total of 68 applications were received for the funding, with 28 scholarships awarded to NPC students across Navajo and Apache Counties. NPC Friends and Family Executive Director Betsyann Wilson gratefully acknowledges the support of donors as well as the 27 volunteers who reviewed and scored the scholarship applications to determine the awardees.
Friends and Family awards 18 students $500.00 each semester, through its Fill the Gaps and Leg Up scholarships, reserving at least one of each scholarship for every one of NPC’s nine campus and center locations. Spring 2020 Fill the Gaps awardees hail from across Navajo and Apache counties. Brooke Alexander of Sun Valley is finishing her Associate Degree in Engineering and Industrial Technology. Brooke is a member of NPC’s Student Government Association (SGA). Tyler Allen of Show Low is dual-enrolled in the Associated Degree in Nursing program at NPC and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Northern Arizona University. Kayenta student Jessica Austin will earn an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Amber Barlow of Snowflake is studying Business, while Cibecue’s McClain Gregg is enrolled in Construction Technology in Whiteriver. Megan Joe of Winslow is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree with a goal of entering a career in an allied health field. Lakeside resident Jamie Ortega is President of NPC’s Alpha Gamma Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, (PTK), the national honor society for community college students. Along with awardee and fellow PTK member, Reuben Williams, she is completing her prerequisites for admission to NPC’s nursing program. Glenda Lanae Romney of St. Johns and Diane Vaoga of Snowflake are both first-year nursing students. Diane is also a Fall 2019 PTK inductee. Chelsea Silas of Polacca, also a member of NPC’s SGA, will complete her Associate Degree in Business in May 2020, and plans to pursue Accounting at Northern Arizona University.
Recipients of the $500.00 Leg Up scholarships include Early Childhood Development Associate Degree candidate Celena Ambrose of Holbrook, Associate Degree in Nursing students Meagan Rogers of Taylor and Heather Berwager of Overgaard. Taryn Beatty of Fort Apache is completing her prerequisites for Nursing with a goal of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona, while Ashley DeMaria is concurrently enrolled in Nursing at both NPC and Northern Arizona University. Ashley is a member of PTK and is also an All-Arizona Academic Team scholar. Fellow PTK member and President of NPC’s Student Government Association, Cynthia Owen of Taylor will complete her Associate of Arts degree at NPC in 2021.
In addition to the Fill the Gaps and Leg Up, NPCFF also awards a number of private and endowed scholarships. The Claude Millet Endfield Early Childhood Development Scholarship, created as a retirement gift for Claude in honor of her career in service to Arizona’s youngest citizens, was awarded to Jessica Austin. Friends of past NPC President, Dr. Jeanne Swarthout, established the Jeanne Swarthout Presidential Excellence Scholarship in appreciation for her years of service to the college and its students, and her career in education. This prestigious scholarship was won by Brooke Alexander, who was also a repeat winner of the Jon Graff, PhD Career and Technical Education Scholarship. Dr. Graff, a longtime bicyclist in NPCFF’s annual Pedal the Petrified, funds a trio of scholarships: one for university bound students, one for students in Career and Technical Education, and one for students preparing for college readiness. The Jon Graff, PhD, CTE scholarship was also awarded to Lavea John of Keams Canyon, who will become a Certified Nursing Assistant before pursuing application to the NPC Nursing program. The Jon Graff, PhD, University Bound scholarship was awarded to Tyler Allen and Reuben Williams. Tabitha LaRose of Snowflake, who aspires to become a neonatal nurse, is completing her prerequisites for NPC’s nursing program with help from the NPCFF U.S. Military Veterans’ scholarship.
NPCFF is honored to manage several memorial scholarship funds. The Charles E. Lisitzky Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of the late Mr. Lisizky of Holbrook, for his commitment to the Native American people in his community. This semester’s winner is Kaylen Benito of Winslow who will complete her Associate of Arts degree at NPC in May 2020, then matriculate to Northern Arizona University to pursue a career in social work. Kaylen is also a member of NPC’s SGA, an All-Arizona Academic Team member, a Fall 2019 inductee into PTK, and a winner of the Leg Up scholarship. The Pres Winslow Memorial Scholarship, an endowment established by the friends and family of the much-beloved former NPC District Governing Board member, was awarded to Diane Vaoga. Valeree Reidhead Claude was a Pinetop Firefighter who passed away on duty. The VAL 153 Memorial Scholarship commemorates her badge number and her service to our White Mountain communities by helping students who are seeking careers in firefighting and emergency medical technology. This semester, the VAL 153 was awarded to Christina Ashcraft of Lakeside who will complete her EMT Basic coursework in Spring 2020.
To make a donation, or to learn more about NPC Friends and Family’s scholarships, please visit www.npcfriendsfamily.org, or contact Executive Director Betsyann Wilson at email@example.com or 928-536-6245.