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 2015. 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 3.25 (where A = 4.0) for all college/university
course work transferred to or earned at NAU; have achieved
university status of junior or above; and be a full-time or
part-time undergraduate student in any major. Financial need
is not a considration.
Preference shall be given to students who are children or grandchildren
of retirees of Northern Arizona University. If no qualified applicant
meets the preference, then other relatives of NAU retirees may be considered
as second preference.
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.
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!
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.
2014-2015 NAURA Scholarship Recipient
The recipient of our NAU Retirees Centennial Scholarship for fall 2014, spring 2015 is Laura Nelson. Laura is a Northern Arizona native who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Special and Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement.
Laura has been interested in NAU ever since her father shared that he had graduated from the university with his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership in 1993. Laura has always been inspired by her hardworking father, Matthew Weber, who is an exceptional husband, father of eight children and administrator who is currently working in Northern Arizona for NAVIT.
After completing high school in Northern Arizona, Laura moved to Mesa, Arizona where she completed her prerequisites and met the love of her life, Tanner Nelson, at Mesa Community College. Laura and Tanner were married in 2012 and moved to Yuma shortly after they got the exciting news that she was accepted into NAU. Laura has enjoyed her studies very much and she is looking forward to her opportunity to student teach in December 2015. Laura has wanted to become a special education teacher for as long as she can remember and with the help of this scholarship and the exceptional instruction that she is receiving at NAU, she will become qualified to teach students with special needs and fulfill her dreams of being a successful special educator.
2013-2014 NAURA Scholarship Recipient
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
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."
2012-2013 NAURA Scholarship Recipient
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.