Scholarships honor Governor Raul H. Castro

Raul H. Castro

Two new scholarships at Northern Arizona University are honoring the late Gov. Raúl H. Castro, an alumnus and the state’s only Latino governor.

“Northern Arizona University is proud to honor Governor Castro, one of our most famous and accomplished alumni, and carry on his values for equal education opportunity, determination to overcome adversity and simple kindness,” said NAU President Rita Cheng. “We are grateful that Governor Castro’s daughter, Beth, who also attended NAU, was the inspiration behind creating two scholarships in remembrance of her father. Governor Castro’s legacy is strong and ever present at NAU.”

The Victoria Foundation recently gave $100,000 to NAU, and endowed the Honorable Raúl H. Castro Memorial Scholarship in Politics and International Affairs. The second scholarship is in the College of Education. Donations to support the scholarships may be made by visiting

“My father did not pursue his dreams because he wanted to leave a legacy,” Beth said. “He did it because he believed in serving his community. His achievements in life were amazing, but I know that he was the most proud of his ability to connect with young people and talk to them about the importance of earning a good education.”

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey recently declared June 12 “Raúl H. Castro Day” in honor of what would have been the governor’s 100th birthday.