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 Spotlight Student for Fall 2021!











First-ever winner of the Mary Kay Smith Lindy Scholarship is Emmalisha Yazzie


I am very happy to announce the winner of the inaugural Mary Kay Smith Lindy Nursing Scholarship for Native American Students. Every Native American student in this year’s Nursing cohort vied for this new scholarship. The scholarship review committee, which consisted of nine individuals, including college faculty and staff, and members of the NPCFF board, all submitted comments to the effect that they wished they could have awarded every student who applied.


Emmalisha Yazzie is a first-year Nursing student from Winslow. She was inspired to pursue a career in Nursing by observing family members who struggled with their health. She noted in her scholarship essay, “The elderly in my family did not understand modern medicine, they relied on Navajo traditional herbs and ceremonial healing. I wanted to know so much about how I could fix their health programs.” Emmalisha aspires to build a bridge that will help her to improve the health of her people. She plans to earn her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Northland Pioneer College in May 2023, then matriculate to Arizona State University to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Emmalisha began her educational journey by tackling the prerequisites for admission into NPC’s ADN program, which include Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, and Microbiology. She completed these over a period of six semesters, while working and raising her son, all the while maintaining a GPA that put her on the Dean’s List. It is noteworthy that she persisted through the pandemic-driven closure of Northland Pioneer College, working on her own classes while also homeschooling her son. She and her son live in a two-bedroom home, and she supports them through her position as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow. She works nights, full-time, and takes a full schedule of nursing classes during the day. She humbly states, of being a single mom, full-time student, and full-time nursing assistant, “I have overcome this challenge by staying organized and managing my time.”


I am so grateful to see this dedicated and diligent young woman receive this scholarship, which was established by the family of Mary Kay Smith Lindy, in memory of her career of over fifty years in nursing. Northland Pioneer College students are the finest and bravest you will ever meet. They expect nothing; they have no sense of entitlement. They simply do what needs to be done to achieve their goals. When they do receive some assistance from a scholarship, they are not only appreciative of the financial help, but of the validation of their efforts to succeed. Few understand the barriers they face, or the sacrifices they make. NPC Friends and Family is deeply appreciative of the family of Mary Kay Smith Lindy and proud to play a part in helping Emmalisha Yazzie achieve her educational and career goals!


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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


Three 2021 High School Grads Are Going to NPC On The House!


 Three Navajo County high school grads were honored recently at The House of Show Low, as they received the inaugural NPC On The House scholarships! These scholarships, each worth $2,000.00 for the 2021-22 academic year were generously donated by Chris Corbin and Matt McGowan, proprietors of the wildly popular eating and drinking establishment, located at 1119 East Hall Street in Show Low. Chris and Matt are committed to the idea of helping local youth get the kind of education that allows them to achieve their career dreams, while remaining in the White Mountain communities. 

Christian Cabrera is the winner from Blue Ridge High School. He was accompanied at the event by his parents, Crisanto and Catherine, and his younger siblings, Carl and Fiona. Christian is studying Computer Information Systems at NPC, and will be going to basic training for service in the National Guard in November. He aspires to work in Information Technology.










Audrey King is the winner from Show Low High School. Growing up around, and helping with her Mom’s day care inspired her to pursue a career in teaching. She is pursuing her AA in Elementary Education at NPC, with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in the same area, and becoming an Elementary School Teacher. She was accompanied at the event by her parents, Tim and Melissa King.











Lila Taylor, the winner from Snowflake High School, is also an NPC President’s Scholar. Her experiences caring for loved ones with serious illnesses led her to explore a career in health care. She is working through the prerequisites for the NPC Associate Degree in Nursing program. After she completes her ADN, she will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Her Mom, Nina Taylor, was unable to attend the event, so she was accompanied by her boyfriend, Colton Stradling, and his parents, Molly and Justin Stradling.

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