Volunteers Needed

Come to an NPC Friends & Family board meeting. We meet ten months a year!
All are welcome! Simply contact Executive Director Betsyann Wilson at  betsy.wilson@npc.edu  to learn how to join live from a different campus or center each month - locations are announced at this site, one week prior to each meeting date. You can also request a Zoom link.
Our next meeting meeting is Monday, August 23rd at 3:30 p.m. MST at the NPC White Mountain Campus, or on Zoom.  Learn more about our meetings on the About Us page!

Arizona Gives Day 2021!

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Arizona Gives Day, Tuesday, April 6, is an online 24-hour giving campaign, sponsored by the Alliance of Arizona Non-Profits and the Arizona Grant Maker’s Forum.  NPC Friends and Family has participated in the event since 2015. The nonprofits who raise the most can win thousands of dollars in bonus cash. NPC Friends and Family has finished among the top four in the category of Small Non-Profits – across the entire State of Arizona – since 2016!

This year, in conjunction with AZ Gives Day, NPC Friends & Family invites you to "Take A Hike!" in support of NPC students! This new, fun fundraising event will allow YOU to invite your friends to help in the important effort of supporting NPC students. A donation of $50 or more to NPC Friends & Family, made Tuesday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 6 at https://www.azgives.org/npcfriendsfamily qualifies you to participate in our "Take A Hike" event, which includes a free official tee shirt! You and your buddies choose where you hike, when you hike – any time between March 16 and March 31 – any distance, with anyone! Then share photos and stories of your adventure on our Facebook group page! To learn more about how you can participate in this fun, family event, please visit www.npc.edu/take-a-hike .

Our feature AZ Gives Day scholarship this year is a brand-new, endowed scholarship, the "Taking Flight Scholarship" in Memory of Dr. Eric B. Henderson. Dr. Henderson spent the last sixteen years of his life as instructor at NPC, and tireless champion of NPC students.  This endowed scholarship, established by his family, will provide $1,200 each year to an NPC graduate who is pursuing a residential bachelor's degree at any accredited college or university. This new scholarship provides an opportunity to help NPC graduates take this next big step!

Scholarships raised through events like Arizona Gives Day have been truly life-changing for NPC students, no more so than in the past year. Our NPC Friends and Family COVID-19 Emergency Fund has provided students with laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to keep students connected with their classes. It has even helped them make utility bills and car repairs and buy groceries despite jobs lost to the pandemic. And scholarships mean so much more to NPC students than just financial assistance. They are a validation of all the hard work, dedication and commitment that goes into earning a college degree. They show our students that someone cares about their success. For Arizona Gives Day 2021, please join us on the trail and Take A Hike for NPC students!

2021 Disc  Golf Tournament

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Our fourth annual scholarship Disc Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the Four Seasons course in Snowflake, was cancelled, due to COVID-19. We look forward to summer 2021, when we can get together again and play disc golf to help NPC Friends and Family provide scholarships for Northland Pioneer College students!

For information, please contact NPC Friends and Family Executive Director Betsyann Wilson at (928) 536-6245 or betsy.wilson@npc.edu. For questions about the course and tournament format, players can contact “Snowflake” Steve Johnston at snowflakesteve@gmail.com.

Pedal the Petrified - In Memoriam

Dr. Jon Graff

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It is with great sadness that I bring you the news of the death of our longtime champion, Dr. Jon Graff. Many of you longtime riders will recall Jon. I had the great honor of riding with him on his last Pedal the Petrified in 2018; he rode the entire 100 kilometers with metastatic, Stage IV cancer. But his story did not end there, not by a long shot. Jon continued to ride his bike and to “bucket list” around the world. He was involved in a horrific wreck in Texas in the spring of 2019, and clung to life in ICU with multiple fractures. He recovered to get back on his bike less than six months later. Jon did not allow cancer to dictate his journey; he resolved to live to the fullest until he simply couldn’t anymore.

It is not an understatement that Jon’s ongoing support of NPC Friends and Family and Pedal the Petrified has been behind the success of hundreds of Northland Pioneer College students, through the provision of need-based scholarships. He truly changed their lives for the better, and left this world a better place for his having been in it. I feel deeply blessed that Jon continued to include me in his journey, keeping me apprised of his triumphs, and of the ongoing spread of his cancer, without a shred of self-pity. It is a true friend who will openly share with you the bad as well as the good. Gracious to the end, and knowing the end was close at hand, he called me so we could say goodbye. Jon ended his life’s journey peacefully and with dignity, surrounded by friends, last Friday, January 29. For those of you who may not have known him, and those who would like to know him a little better, I have attached our NPC Friends and Family newsletter from November, 2018.

Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.