On September 14, 2019, Brian and I will participate in an event called Pedal the Petrified. We will be bicycling through Petrified Forest National Park to raise scholarships, on behalf of NPC Friends and Family, for the students of Northland Pioneer College. NPC is a rural, multi-campus community college that serves all of Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona - an area the size of West Virginia! The college service area encompasses the tribal lands of the Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache people, and includes Arizona’s White Mountains and majestic Monument Valley.
The beautiful natural features are juxtaposed by the effects of profound poverty. NPC students lack nothing of intelligence, capability, determination or desire, but financial constraints are a tremendous barrier to their success in earning a college degree. Many are the first generation in their families ever to attempt college. Many are adult learners with children and elders to care for and jobs to hold as they juggle the demands of education. Yet they persevere and succeed in spite of the odds against them.
We took part last year and learned that the Friends and Family of NPC are a warm, caring group of individuals that are VERY dedicated to this cause. Because they believe so strongly and give of their time, money and energy year after year in support of these students, we were inspired to take part in the event again this year. These scholarships are an affirmation that someone cares about their struggles and wants them to succeed.
If your philanthropy budget has room for a new cause this year, please join me in raising scholarships for these inspiring college students as I ride Pedal the Petrified! If each rider registered for Pedal the Petrified raises $200, that will mean $50,000 in scholarships! Here’s how your tax-deductible gift breaks down: $76.00 = 1 credit of tuition – The lowest tuition rate in Arizona! That’s why your donation can go so far! $228 pays for one 3-credit class $456 pays for 6 credits of tuition $912 lets an NPC student take 12 credits – full-time! You can learn more about Northland Pioneer College at www.npc.edu, and more about NPC Friends and Family, the college’s 501-c-3 foundation at www.npcfriendsfamily.org. Thank you for helping me to help the students of NPC!