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 $13,000 has been awarded to 22 recipients since Fall 1999 through Spring 2014. We are very proud to be able to support our students.

In order to be considered for this award, the applicant needs to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (where A = 4.0) for all college/university course work transferred to or earned at NAU; have achieved university status of junior or above; be a declared major in any academic field of study listed in the current NAU catalog; and demonstrate high academic achievement and show promise of continued success. If applicants' qualifications are comparable, preference shall be given to children or grandchildren of NAU retirees.

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.

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. All this for $1,500! If your children or grandchildren meet the scholarship requirements, please encourage them to apply.

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.


2013-2014 NAURA Scholarship Recipients

Kiara Lee Weathersby

Kiara Lee Weathersby

The 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 and Psychology.

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 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."

Kelly Wells

Kelly Wells

The fall 2012, spring 2013 recipient of the 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.