About the NAURA Scholarship
Late in 1997 members of the NAU Retirees Association, Daniel Julien,
Clayton Chance, Robert Kaecker and Eudora Larson created the Northern
Arizona University Retirees Centennial Scholarship. It was
designated as "Centennial" to honor NAU's 100 year anniversary. This is
an endowed fund which means that it continues forever. Only a portion of
the earnings each year are available for award. We have raised more than
$35,000 for this fund. A total of $11,750 has been awarded to 20
recipients since Fall 1999 through Fall 2012. We are very proud to be
able to support our students.
This scholarship is available to undergraduate junior and senior year
students working toward a college degree in any program offered at NAU.
This is a one-time academic year award of $1,500 of which one-half is
given in the fall semester and the other one-half is given in the
spring semester to an undergraduate student. The person must have a
minimum grade point average of 3.0. What do we ask of the recipient?
They are encouraged to submit a letter of acknowledgement to the NAURA and/or
appear as a guest at a NAURA meeting to make a brief presentation.
Preference for consideration will be given to applicants who are the son,
daughter or grandchild of a retiree. So please urge appropriate family members
to apply for this scholarship.
We could not have helped all of these students without the loyal
support of our retirees. In order to help many more future NAU alumni
with scholarships, please give whatever you can to our scholarship
fund #1289. Please go to
and click on Give now for easy access to give on line. If you have
any questions, please call (928) 523-2012.
We can be very proud that we are supporting future NAU alumni.
Be on the lookout for information about a raffle for a quilt at future
meetings. Pat Hall has generously offered to design a quilt that will
be raffled to raise money to increase our scholarship endowment.
Our thanks go out to Pat for her thoughtfulness.
2013-2014 NAURA Scholarship Recipients
Kiara Lee Weathersby
The first recipient of our NAU Retirees Centennial Scholarship for fall 2013,
spring 2014 is Kiara Lee Weathersby. Kiara is a multicultural Flagstaff native who is pursuing a dual degree in Business Management
Kiara's earliest connection to NAU is her great grandfather, Lemuel Lane Littleman, who was a groundskeeper from 1947-1983.
Lemuel was born in a canyon near Navajo Mountain. He and his wife, Marie, had seven children, two of whom graduated from NAU.
Lemuel is recognized at the Arboretum on campus; go to ww4.nau.edu/arboretum/littleman/littleman.html.
There is also a bust housed in the Native American Cultural Center that recognizes him for the many noteworthy contributions
he made over 36 years on campus.
Kiara left home at an early age and was employed in the escrow and title insurance business. There she quickly learned the
importance of finishing high school and pursuing a college degree. After earning a GED and an Associates Degree she transferre
to NAU. In addition to her studies, she is an intern at Mountain Heart and also works in the Deanís Office at The W.A. Franke
College of Business.
Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Kiara intends to pursue an MBA, and then continue her education in medicine
with her ultimate goal to become a cardiac psychologist. This career path will enable Kiara to give back to her community
and "be the change I want to see in the world."
The second NAURA Centennial Scholarship was awarded to Kelly Wells, a hometown person. She is a graduate of Coconino H igh School and
is returning to school to earn a degree in Social Work. After completing two years at Mohave Community College, Kelly, her husband,
and their two sons relocated to Flagstaff. Many of us were fortunate to meet her at our spring lunch meeting. Kelly is a delightful woman who
is busy raising two boys, volunteers at Victim Witness and maintains a 4.0 in her studies at NAU. She is the daughter of the late Mary Crowley
who worked in Cline.