top of page
NPC Friends and Family

Spring 2023 Spotlight Students:

Makayla and Jacob Bierman












Makayla and Jacob Bierman are nurses! Both of them graduated with the May 2023 class at the Northland Pioneer College White Mountain Campus!

They worked through the program together, while living in Makayla's Mom's basement. 


YOUR SUPPORT helped them reach their goals! Makayla was awarded the Pres Winslow Memorial Scholarship, created in honor of the late Charles Prescott “Pres” Winslow, who was a devoted volunteer in the Winslow Unified School District and member of the NPC District Governing Board. Makayla also won the Doris Reed Nursing Scholarship, established by the family of Mrs. Reed in honor of her 50+ years in the nursing profession. Jacob won the NPC Friends and Family Leg-Up Scholarship.

As Jacob wrote in his scholarship essay, “You know how they say love at first sight DOESN’T exist? Well, I have to agree. I think the beginning a relationship is fun and exciting! However, it really takes time, dedication, commitment, frustration, forgiveness, and a lot of chocolate to develop a love for someone. I can say this is the exact same process needed for the nursing program.” Jacob and Makayla, who met while completing the prerequisites for admission to the program, have such determination and dedication, not only to their goals, but to one another. NPC Friends and Family is both proud and humbled to be able to help this couple achieve their dreams and become part of the nursing profession!










Biermans SP 23.jpg
Head shot for newsletter (2).jpg

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


PayPal ButtonPayPal Button

50 Spaces Remain for 2023!













Back by popular demand is NPC Friends and Family’s Pedal the Petrified! On Saturday, September 30, 2023 the twelfth annual Pedal the Petrified, a non-competitive cycling tour of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest will be presented by NPC Friends and Family, in partnership with Petrified Forest National Park.  All proceeds support scholarships for the students of Northland Pioneer College. This year, we will also be celebrating Northland Pioneer College's 50th anniversary!


The supported ride features a choice of both Metric Century and Metric Half-Century routes, with stops for food and water approximately every five miles. A team of over 50 volunteers, most of them NPC employees, make it all happen, assuring riders enjoy themselves and feel appreciated with everything from homemade goodies to photo booths! S


Registration is open with space limited to 250 riders. Many of this year’s registrants are returning, and about a third of them have ridden Pedal the Petrified every year, since it began with a field of forty-five in 2013. The 2014 event brought in almost $12,000 for scholarships, while last year saw that figure more than quadruple.


A pre-ride event will take place on Friday, September 29 in the parking lot of the Painted Desert Campus of Northland Pioneer College, 2251 E. Navajo Boulevard in Holbrook. Riders can check in between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and learn about Northland Pioneer College and the many students who have benefitted from the scholarships raised by the ride. Volunteers will be on hand to provide tours of the campus, and answer questions. All are welcome! Whether or not you are part of the ride, please join us and find out about how you can transform your life at Northland Pioneer College and how NPC Friends and Family can help you on the way! 

JGraff 17 PTP.jpg
bottom of page