Coconino County high school students have a thousand more reasons to bring their aspirations to NAU

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Following through on a commitment to give back to local communities, neighbors and students, Northern Arizona University has created a special scholarship available to Coconino County high school students.

Local high school seniors who enroll at NAU will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the university. The scholarship of $1,000 a year, for two years, can be used for tuition, campus housing or meals. Attending high school and graduating in Coconino County is the only requirement. A scholarship application is not required.

“NAU recognizes the importance of educating the workforce that our county and state needs for the future,” said NAU President Rita Cheng. “Through this scholarship, NAU seeks to remain Coconino County students’ first choice for building their future. This scholarship will expand access to an NAU education for students in the region, enhance the vitality of our local economy and educate and prepare a workforce that meets the demands of the region and our state.”

Thousands of Coconino County residents are graduates of NAU and are living examples of the advantages an NAU degree can bring. Currently, half the households in the county have at least one NAU graduate.

“NAU and the surrounding community have much to gain from this partnership,” said Anika Olsen, interim vice president of enrollment management. “Our local community is an important component of what makes NAU a special place to live, work and learn. We are thrilled we can offer this scholarship to local students as an incentive to bring their aspirations for their lives and careers to NAU.”

David Engelthaler, co-director of the Pathogen and Microbiome Division at TGen North, sees the impact this scholarship can have on retaining highly educated talent in the community.

“As Flagstaff’s biotechnology employer, we look to NAU students first … in fact, more than half of our staff are alumni,” Engelthaler said. “A program like this to support local aspiring talent will benefit us all.”

For more information, call (888) 628-2968 or visit the NAU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.