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 2021-2022:

  • $79 - Provides one credit of tuition

  • NPC Student Sponsor - $474 - Provides tuition for one student to attend half time (6 credits)

  • NPC Student Patron - $948- Provides tuition for one student to attend FULL TIME! (12 credits)

  • NPC Student Champion - $1,896 - 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 additional $6,000 in scholarships  for fall 2021!

Summit Healthcare Foundation and Beehive Homes of Snowflake support nursing students


Like so many before her, Northland Pioneer College second-year nursing student, Jamie Ortega of Lakeside was inspired to become a nurse by the nurses who cared for her loved ones. Both of Jamie’s parents have battled cancer. Through her scholarship essay, she gives us a moving and timely reminder that nurses are both angels and heroes. “When my mother was diagnosed with cancer in the middle of COVID, and needed a bone marrow transplant, she was in the hospital for three weeks alone,” Jamie wrote. “No family was allowed to be with her, but she had a handful of amazing nurses who could be by her side when family could not. They bought her a bracelet that said, ‘Fighter’…and had a farewell parade in the hallway for her when she was able to go home.” With the support of the Summit Healthcare Foundation, Jamie will finish her Associate Degree in Nursing in May 2022 and join the ranks of the angels and heroes she admires.

Scholarships like those offered by Summit Healthcare Foundation and Beehive Homes of Snowflake are particularly important for NPC students, who face significant and unique challenges related to earning a college degree in a rural, remote area. The Beehive Homes scholarship is awarded to Raylee Johnson of Eagar. Raylee, who was inspired to join her mother in the nursing profession, supports herself through full-time employment. Her commute from Round Valley to Show Low for classes, and to the Indian Health Services hospital in Whiteriver for clinicals, adds up to over 400 miles each week. A journey like this is not part of the experience of a student nurse in a more urban area, but it is not at all unusual for an NPC student. Raylee’s commitment is evident in her essay when she writes, “When I was younger, I was able to watch my mother develop into a strong, independent woman while she was in nursing school. Being out on my own has made me realize the strength it took my mother to pursue her career goal, all while dealing with ‘life’.”

The Summit Healthcare Foundation scholarship was also awarded to first-year students Alysia Yosin, Amber-Rose Glauvitz, and Lillian Fish of Show Low, and to Shavan Flake of Snowflake. Each of these students worked diligently to complete the rigorous schedule of prerequisites in order to apply for acceptance into the nursing program. All of them did so while working and raising families. Their journeys have not followed a straight and narrow road, but they never lost sight of their dreams. Their acceptance into the NPC nursing program was a big step in the culmination of those dreams, and NPC Friends and Family is grateful for the generosity of Beehive Homes of Snowflake and the Summit Healthcare Foundation in supporting these exceptional and worthy nurse candidates.


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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!