NPC_free_tuitionYes, it starts at Northland Pioneer College.

Every year, for the past 20 years, the Arizona Board of Regents awards a little-known scholarship only to community college students selected as members of the All-Arizona Academic Team. Each Arizona community college is allowed to select two students from each campus/center location, which means up to 18 Northland Pioneer College students can receive this scholarship!

Students who complete their first two years of a bachelor’s degree at NPC have already saved up to $16,736 in just tuition alone, and this scholarship provides them with a tuition waiver (FREE tuition) for up to 60 credits to complete their degree at ASU, NAU or UofA. That’s a smart start and finish. It can mean earning a four-year degree with little or no debt!

(l to r, standing) Toni Odom, Christine Harper, Rachel Hancock, Ashley McLaws, NPC President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout hiding behind, Savannah Meritt, Trysta Meyer, Lori Rothlisberger, Tristadawn Ison, Erica Pullin and Ariel Shirley. (l to r, kneeling) Cary Pearson, Mark Crump, Ted Seipp, Morgan Black, Eloy Carranza

To apply, students must be entering the final semester of completing an associate degree, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate leadership and/or volunteerism within the college or community.

This year, Northland Pioneer College selected 15 outstanding students to receive All-Arizona Academic Team scholarships. Receiving tuition waivers will be NPC students Morgan Black and Ariel Shirley, representing the Holbrook Campus; Ashley McLaws and Savannah Meritt, representing the Winslow Campus; Tristadawn Ison and Ted Seipp, representing the Show Low Campus; Rachel Hancock and Cary Pearson, representing the Snowflake/Taylor Campus; Trysta Meyer and Toni Odom, representing the Saint Johns Center; Mark Crump and Lori Rothlisberger, representing the Springerville/Eagar Center; Eloy Carranza and Christine Harper, representing the Whiteriver Center; and Erica Pullin, representing the Hopi Center. Team members will also receive scholarships from NPC and are automatically consi-dered for additional All-USA Academic Team scholarships. A student must have taken a class at or originating from that location to be considered as one of its two nominees.

The Board of Regents awards the tuition waivers to encourage the state’s top community college scholars to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Studies show that students who start their education at a community college and then transfer to a four-year institution often perform better than those who go directly to a four-year university.

This year’s NPC nominees were honored at a luncheon on March 3 in Mesa, along with 61 other top scholars from the state’s community colleges.

Read more about this year’s winners at For more information about NPC’s four guaranteed transfer degrees, see link below.

Why choose NPC?

For the sixth year in a row 100% of NPC Nursing students have passed the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) national exam!

93% passed the Registered Nurse (RN) exam on their first attempt!

Over the past five years, 96% of Paramedicine students have passed their national and state certification exams!