Despite a pandemic year, donors and alumni generously gave to the Northern Arizona University Foundation, propelling the NAU to a new level of academic excellence and innovative research.
Donors invested in more than 20 new scholarships last year which, added to existing scholarships, raised over $ 3.5 million distributed through more than 2,200 scholarships to a diverse group of motivated and hardworking students during the course. of the current academic year.
The impact of scholarships on student success is manifold. As public funding for higher education declines and many families struggle to pay their bills, scholarships create access and opportunities for students while reducing the reliance on multiple jobs or the burden of student debt. .
“Supporting students through scholarships opens avenues to our common future with hope and promise,” said NAU President, José Luis Cruz Rivera share. “Bursaries remove barriers for our students and deliver equitable post-secondary value to students and the communities they represent.
“When donors donate to the NAU Foundation, they aren’t just giving someone the opportunity to pursue an education. They open the doors to a new and improved life. They provide students with tools to break the cycle of generational poverty and shape our common future, ”said Michel bassoff, CEO of the NAU Foundation. “So many talented people are putting their education on the back burner just because they can’t afford to go to school. Donors create life changing experiences and lifelong impact.
NAU students are as unique as the scholarships they have received. Their backgrounds, talents, and diverse reasons for pursuing a college education demonstrate that financial aid goes beyond just one demographic group.
“NAU scholarships are not limited to the Flagstaff area. With over 20 campuses statewide and a variety of online degree programs, many academics work full time and reside in different parts of the state, like Yuma or Kingman, ”Bassoff said. “Through the generosity of donors, NAU students are shaping the future for a brighter future in Arizona and beyond.”
Bradley Johnson ’21
BS Elementary Education
Mojave campus student Bradley Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education last spring. Johnson is one of the many recipients of the Franke Scholars in Education, which aim to help first-generation students while they teach, which is essentially a full-time job.
“It’s hard to juggle the many responsibilities that I have,” Johnson said. “As a father and husband, my # 1 commitment is to support my family. Without this scholarship, I’m not sure if I could have spent my time teaching students and finished my last semester strong.
Katherine Jackson ’22
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Single mom, army veteran and first generation student Katherine jackson hopes to eventually open a private practice that will focus on testing, therapy and education in neuropsychology. A fascination with the brain and its functioning and a desire to advance his childhood community are the main forces behind his scholarly quest. “Often times, people of color are pushed through the school system, not knowing they have delays or a diagnosis that could provide them with additional services like physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and special classes,” Jackson said.
Her dream of helping to stop toxic generational cycles and uplift her community has now become a real plan with the help of donors. As a recipient of multiple scholarships, Jackson is able to continue her education while she works and cares for her two children. “The doctoral program can get expensive when it comes to the books and programs needed. Sometimes, for a single semester, the books can add up to a few thousand dollars, ”she said. “I use the Martha Portree Commission on the Status of Women scholarship and the Snider Family scholarship for books and also to help with school fees so that I can work less and focus on school and spending more time with my family. “
George Testo ’23
Undergraduate researcher and major in biomedical sciences, Georges testo ’23 was drawn to NAU because of their passion for translational research.
In early 2020, the budding researcher began training under the supervision of Emilie Cope and peers from the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute. As an undergraduate research assistant, Testo is actively engaged in the field of microbiome research, where he learns modern and intuitive laboratory techniques.
“My research focuses on genetic material to study bacteria and give better health diagnoses and medical care to those who need it,” said the Tucson native.
After attending the NAU, he is aiming for a doctorate. in immunology. “I plan to use my future research as the backbone of my potential search for answers that could lead to new and improved scientific breakthroughs in microbiology and immunology,” he said. noted.
Your donation, big or small, can make a lifelong difference in a student’s life. Read more stories about the impact of scholarships and other donor investments by visiting the NAU Foundation website.