NPC Friends and Family

Alumni and friends like you ensure that Northland Pioneer College never stops expanding minds and transforming lives!

But for the upcoming academic year, your life-changing gift will go TWICE AS FAR!

At it's March 2020 meeting, the Northland Pioneer College District Governing Board voted unanimously to HALVE tuition to help students affected by COVID-19!

We are a non-profit, 501-c-3 organization. Please make a gift to us a part of your philanthropic goals!

Here's what your tax-deductible gift can do in 2020-2021:

  • $40 - Provides one credit of tuition

  • NPC Student Sponsor - $240 - Provides tuition for one student to attend half time (6 credits)

  • NPC Student Patron - $480- Provides tuition for one student to attend FULL TIME! (12 credits)

  • NPC Student Champion - $960 - Provides tuition for one student to attend full-time (12 credits) for the FULL ACADEMIC YEAR!

To give online, click the yellow "Donate" button above to go to our PayPal donation page. Complete the information requested on the first page and then click on the "Review Donation and Continue" button at the bottom. To designate your gift as a memorial or tribute, on the second page of the Paypal form find the box at the top that shows your donation amount. On the left you'll see a blue link that says, “Add Special Instructions for the Recipient.” Click on the plus symbol to expand a text box and type, "Donation in honor of _____." Then click the "Donate Now" button at the bottom of the page to complete your donation.


Please note that there is a 3% credit card processing fee charge by PayPal.You may also mail checks to NPC Friends & Family, 1161 S. Main St., Snowflake, AZ 85937. Thank you!

NPC Friends and Family awards over $27,000 in scholarships for fall 2021!


NPC Friends and Family, the non-profit foundation that supports Northland Pioneer College, has awarded an unprecedented total of over $27,000.00 in scholarships for the Fall 2021 semester with more awards to come. Awards included the $500.00 Fill-the-Gaps scholarship, which supports students who qualify for financial aid, but still have unmet need, and the $500.00 Leg-Up scholarship for students who do not qualify for financial aid. NPC Friends and Family reserves a total of nine of each of these scholarships every semester, one for each of NPC’s nine locations across Navajo and Apache counties. The Jennifer Lee Witt Memorial scholarship, Jeanne Swarthout Presidential Excellence Scholarship, Pres Winslow Memorial scholarship, and Doris Reed Nursing and Allied Health scholarship each provide winners with $1000.00 for the semester. The Jon Graff, Ph.D., scholarships, which include the University Bound, Career and Technical Education and College and Career Prep, each carry an award of $500.00 per semester. Also providing $500.00 are the Claude Millet Endfield Early Childhood Development Scholarship, the Charles E. Lisitzky Memorial Scholarship, and the US Military Veteran’s Scholarship.


Four brand-new scholarships were offered for the Fall 2021 semester. The White Mountain Women’s Club Doris Powers scholarship will provide $1,200.00 to two students attending the White Mountain Campus in Show Low. The inaugural recipients are Tyler Allen, a Nursing student, and Jolie Selestewa, who is pursuing an Associate of General Studies with an emphasis on Business. Allen also won the Leg-Up scholarship and Selestewa won the Fill-the-Gaps.


The Corky Elikann Scholarship for Alchesay High School will provide $2,000.00 for the 2021-22 academic year - $1,000.00 each semester – to 2021 Alchesay grads, Tyrell Ngo and Hasiina Anderson. Anderson will study Business Entrepreneurship, with the goal of returning to her home community to serve her White Mountain Apache People, particularly tribal youth, by empowering them to follow their educational goals and dreams. Ngo, originally from Manilla, in the Philippines, was inspired by his late grandfather to pursue a career in Nursing. Both students will graduate with the top of their class from Alchesay High School, and both have already earned credits at NPC.


NPC On The House, another new scholarship for 2021 from Chris Corbin and Matt McGowen of The House restaurant of Show Low, will provide $2000.00 per year, or $1,000.00 per semester, to new graduates of Snowflake, Blue Ridge and Show Low High School. The Blue Ridge winner is Christian Cabrera, whose will study Computer Information Systems. Cabrera was highly recommended for the scholarship, because of his excellent grades and his prowess with technology, particularly Robotics. Cabrera has competed as both a member of a three-person team, and as an individual, in designing robots. As an individual, he won the judge’s award for the most unique design.  Lila Taylor, the winner from Snowflake High School, has worked since the age of 14 to save for college. She aspires to become a nurse. Not only highly recommended for her academic ability, Lila has also been very active in National Honor Society, 4-H and FFA. In addition to NPC On The House, Lila won the Arvin Palmer, Ph.D., Memorial Scholarship, which will provide her an additional $500.00 each semester to help her reach her goals. Dr. Palmer was an NPC Vice President, and was instrumental in the founding of the college. He even authored a book, Northland Pioneer College, the First Twenty-Five Years, an invaluable record of the college’s history. The Show Low High School winner is yet to be determined.


Fourteen students won the $500.00 Fill-the-Gaps scholarship. They include Robert Case and Amber Rose Glauvitz of Show Low, Jamie Ortega of Lakeside, Emmalisha Yazzie and Kerry Redhorse of Winslow, and Chassity Toney of Holbrook, all of whom are enrolled in NPC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. Yazzie also won the Charles Lisitzky Memorial Scholarship. Other Fill-the-Gaps winners are Ashlyn Adakai of Page, who is working toward an Associate of Science for transfer to university. A student athlete, Adakai aspires to become a nutritionist or personal trainer. Naomi Cosen of Whiteriver is studying Business. She plans to use her degree to help her gain employment that will allow her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health Sciences with an emphasis on Substance Use Disorders. Cosen also won the Jon Graff, Ph.D., Career and Technical Education scholarship. Janae Crosson of St. Johns is pursuing an Associate of General Studies degree. Max Alexander of Sun Valley is in the Associate of Arts program, and also won the Jennifer Lee Witt Memorial Scholarship. Other winners for Fall 21 include Nursing students, Alysia Yosin of Show Low and Amanda Willey of Flagstaff. Yosin also won the US Military Veteran’s Scholarship; Willey also won the Doris Reed Nursing Scholarship and the Jennifer Lee Witt Memorial Scholarship.  Amy Alexander of Sun Valley is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree with the ultimate goal of earning a Master’s degree in history or philosophy and teaching those subjects. Alexander also won the Jeanne Swarthout Presidential Excellence Scholarship, the Jon Graff, Ph.D., University Bound Scholarship, the Jennifer Lee Witt Memorial Scholarship, and the Pres Winslow Memorial Scholarship. Falencia Lewis of Fort Defiance and Clydene Honyouti of Winslow both won the Claude Millet Endfield Early Childhood Development Scholarship, with Honyouti also taking a Fill-the-Gaps award.


The foundation has opened a second round of scholarship opportunities, specifically for NPC Nursing students, with an additional $6,000.00 available. These include $5,000.00 from Summit Healthcare Foundation and $1,000.00 from Beehive Homes of Snowflake. Details and full application instructions, including the required cover letter form and tips on writing a strong essay can be found at .


Applications for these nursing scholarships will be accepted from Tuesday, April 27 through Thursday, May 27 at 12:00 noon MST. Students are strongly encouraged to review all criteria and application requirements carefully and get their applications in early!


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Hello, Friend!

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well in these unprecedented times! I want to share with you some great news. As a great supporter of the students of Northland Pioneer College (NPC) through NPC Friends and Family, I want to share this with you and encourage you to listen to it. I want you to hear firsthand about how you have made a real difference in students’ lives, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, an arm of NPR, called APM Reports released a story called “Covid on Campus,” on their website. One of the colleges covered in their story is NPC! The webpage contains a short written synopsis of the audio story. The audio story is great and features several people at the college including our president and an NPCFF scholarship winner. You can listen to this story at:


The link to play the audio story is located UNDER the photograph on the webpage. PLEASE GO TO THE AUDIO link (which is much more comprehensive) than the written version. NPC’s part of the story starts in the audio recording around 22:26 and ends around 36:05. It is a great example of who we are and what we do, and most of all, how you have helped us! Please know how much I appreciate you, and enjoy!

Take good care,


Betsyann Wilson, Executive Director

NPC Friends & Family

1611 South Main Street

Snowflake, AZ 85937


AZ Gives Day 2021 an Unprecedented Success for NPC Friends and Family!


It really IS a few caring people who change the world!  NPC Friends and Family received $43,850 in 176 unique donations during the one-day fundraising campaign.

We led the field in the Small Non-Profits category for the entire event. Unofficial totals showed $ 5,455,731 was raised for organizations statewide. There were 982 nonprofits registered for this year’s campaign, and we finished 15th overall, statewide, including small, medium and large groups. Friends and Family is considered a small nonprofit, based on annual revenues.

Gifts were designated for the NPCFF Emergency Fund, the Pres Winslow, Charles Lisitzky, VAL 153, and Martia and Louis Smith Memorial Scholarships, the Jon Graff, Ph.D., scholarship fund, and the Claude Millett Endfield Early Childhood Development Scholarship.

As a fun incentive to give, this year’s donors were challenged to donate at least $50 to any scholarship to join the Take A Hike! virtual event. Participants received tee shirts and joined the Take A Hike! group on Facebook where they posted photos and stories of their hiking adventures.

Chris Corbin and our friends at The House in Show Low donated $6,000.00 to fund their new NPC On The House Scholarship, which will provide $2000.00 next year - $1,000.00 per semester – to 2021 graduates from Snowflake, Show Low and Blue Ridge High School.  No matter how you look at it, NPC students won big through the generous donations of many people!

I am most grateful for the continued outpouring of love for Dr. Eric Henderson.  Of all the donations, $26,366.00 – over 60% -  were made to fund the new Taking Flight Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Eric B. Henderson, established by Eric’s family, following his death in March 2020.  In his 20 years as an administrator and professor at NPC, Eric was ever a champion for our students, and I think he would be happy – and probably amazed -  to know he is still their champion.

My heartfelt thanks to ALL who made this our best Arizona Gives Day yet!