College is an investment into your future, and planning how you will pay for it is more important now than ever. We’ve provided you with some resources for finding scholarships—both in-house and national—to help finance your education.

NAU Honors announces new student merit scholarship deadline 

Incoming freshman Honors students for Fall 2018 who apply to Honors before November 13, 2017  are automatically considered for a limited number of $1000 Honors scholarships. Get your application to Honors in early! Apply to Honors here!


Louis Agassiz Prize for Excellence in Writing


Submit an essay for the Agassiz Prize! More info here. 


 Honors scholarships 

The scholarships below are available by applying for Honors Awards and scholarships through our own application process that opens in mid-February and closes in early March. The exception is the Mitchem Scholarship, available through the NAU Scholarships application. 


Kenneth Coor Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who demonstrate strong leadership and commitment to their communities who meet the following criteria:


  • Full time undergraduate of any major enrolled in the Honors College;
  • Student is in his or her junior year;
  • cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 where 4.0=A;
  • demonstrated leadership through academic achievement, community service and extra curricular activities; and
  • strong character as demonstrated in the student's personal letter of application.


P. Jewel and Patrick M. Nackard Honors Scholarship


Enrolled full-time as an udergraduate in good standing in Northern Arizona University's Honors College and demonstrates a strong work ethic.

Perko Family Scholarship

This scholarship is established by Lawrence M. and Katharine A. Perko to encourage hard working students in their pursuit of academic excellence. Lawrence Perko retired as a Regent’s Professor of Mathematics from NAU where he taught for 33 years. Katharine Perko was a teacher in the Flagstaff Unified School District and served as Coconino County Superintendent of Schools.

The Perkos have five children: Mary (Norton), Mike, Vince, Jenny (Lopez), and John. They also have ten wonderful grandchildren:

Taylor, Hayden, Micah, Reilly, Isabella, Claire, Alex, Anthony, Gabriel, and Sydney.

Supports students who meet the following criteria:

a. Enrolled full-time as undergraduates in Northern Arizona University’s Honors College;

b. Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (where A = 4.0);

c. Demonstrates financial need;

d. Participates in community service.



Mitchem Family Scholarship

This scholarship is established by Dennis E. Mitchem. His dedication to higher education is exemplified not only in his work for Northern Arizona University, but his philanthropy, volunteerism and political causes. His brilliant career in the financial sector illustrates the tremendous effect of a life lived with purpose, bounded by the highest ethical concerns with an interest in the welfare of all.

Support students in The W. A. Franke College of Business who meet the following criteria. Application for this scholarship is done through the Franke College of Business.

 a. Rising junior or above

b. Accounting major

c. Enrolled in the NAU Honors College 



Carrol Lane and Mildred Adams-Fenton Scholarship

Supports students in any academic program with preference given to University Honors College students. Additional preference given to students who are working part-time to contribute to their educational costs. Recipients must be enrolled as full time students, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0=A), must have financial need, and must be a U.S. Citizen.



Honors Merit Scholarship
Supports University Honors College students who demonstrate outstanding academic merit.
Everett A. Ramsay Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is established by the friends and family of Dr. Everett (Akam) Ramsay, to perpetuate his memory at Northern Arizona University, which he served as a senior lecturer for the Honors College and First-Year Seminar Program. 

Born Feb. 22, 1947, in Germany and raised in France, Dr. Ramsay brought with him an awareness of the larger world. He earned his B.S. and an M.A. in political science from South Dakota State University. He also earned an M.A. and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester. He was a history professor from 1991-2009 at Casper College in Wyoming, where he also founded and was director of the Veritas Honors Institute. 

Dr. Ramsay came to NAU in 2009 to teach for the Honors College and moved the hearts and minds of his students through such courses as The Search for American Identity, Humanity and Inhumanity, and Systems of War and Peace, among others. 

He thrived in the academy through his passions for teaching, discussing current events and connecting with his students and colleagues. A road cyclist, skate skier, rock climber and fly fisherman, Dr. Ramsay pursued his life with vigor and passion. 

Supports students who meet the following criteria:

a. Enrolled full-time as undergraduate in Northern Arizona University’s Honors College ;

b. Maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (where A = 4.0);

c. Submit a 250-500 word essay that describes your interdisciplinary interests and passion for diverse viewpoints.

The Charles W. and Charlotte E. Barnes Excellence in Honors Award
Supports University Honors College students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, service, and idealism to the Honors College and NAU communities.
Charles and Ellie Meister Award

Charles Meister is the founder of NAU’s Honors Program, developing and teaching the first Honors class at NAU in 1954.

 The Charles and Ellie Meister Award is presented for extraordinary service and commitment to the continued success of the Honors College and its students.

Bill Duncan Memorial Award

The Bill Duncan Memorial Award is established by Bill’s surviving widow, Robyn Martin, an NAU Honors lecturer, to encourage and support Honors students wanting to experience the San Juan River.  The award will help need-based students offset river trip costs when they enroll in Ms. Martin's San Juan River class.  

William Gene “Bill” Duncan, NAU alumni, private river guide, and consummate outdoorsman, was born in Piqua Ohio Jan 17, 1946 and raised in Oberlin, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University, but after one year decided to join the US Army, where he was trained as a Special Forces (Green Berets) medic. Bill completed his one year tour in Vietnam, bringing home a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart, and then came home to Ohio in November, 1970. He quickly joined Army buddies in Arizona, where he finished his BS in Education at Northern Arizona University in the early 1970s. 

He began running rivers in the 1980s and also spent much of his free time hiking, camping and exploring the Colorado Plateau.  Bill loved taking first-timers down the river, in particular the San Juan, his favorite river, and inspired many people to protect and care for southwestern wilderness.  He married Robyn (Slayton) Martin September 2, 1995 but lost his battle with cancer Jan 14, 1996, dying at home in his wife’s arms. He was 49. His ashes are scattered in the San Juan.   Bill’s passion for sharing this unique river with others lives on through this award.


NAU Honors Program Research and Creative Endeavor Grants

Honors Program Research and Creative Endeavor Grants provide Honors students with demonstrated financial need with monetary support in completing undergraduate research or creative endeavors that require out of pocket expenses for students.

Honor’s Program Director’s Research and Creative Endeavor Grants provides students regardless of financial need with monetary support in completing undergraduate research or creative endeavors that require out of pocket expenses for students. 

More information and application guidelines for these funds are available in the "Forms" section of this webpage to the left.

NAU Honors Program International Study Grants

Honors College International Study Grants provide students with demonstrated financial need with typical up-front costs associated with international study abroad.

Honors Director’s International Study Grants provides students regardless of financial need with help completing an international program of study.  

More information and application guidelines for these funds are available in the "Forms" section of this webpage to the left.


National scholarships

Be sure to also visit NAU's new National and International Scholarships and Fellowships Office!


Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Predoctoral  support  for students who are seniors committed to increasing the nation’s diversity among college and university faculty. $20,000 annual stipends. Deadline typically early November. Must be U.S. citizen or resident national.

Up to three years of support for doctoral studies and $2,000 to doctoral institution for fees. Must pursue either a Ph.D. or Sc.D.  Must demonstrate superior achievement (through GPA, class ranking, honors). For further details, contact .

Fulbright Scholarships


Funds study/research or teaching English abroad. U.S. citizens only.  Open to seniors; must hold bachelor’s degree before beginning date of grant. Some language proficiency in host country required. Applications typically open in May with deadlines in October for the following year.

This flagship program of international studies includes 155 countries. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, music or art classes, and special projects in the social or life sciences. Fulbright scholars may also teach English in foreign universities. For further details, contact us at .

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship


Provides up $7500 per year to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics or the sciences. Minimum GPA of 3.6 required. Must be US citizen, resident alien, or US national. Deadline early January.

Sophomores awarded the scholarship receive two years of support; juniors receive one year of support. Requires nomination by one of NAU’s faculty members. For further information, contact

Marshall Scholarships

Scholarships for US citizens who hold a first degree from a US college or university and wish to study in the United Kingdom. Minimum GPA of 3.7. One or two years of support covering virtually all expenses. Seniors should apply by early October.

Covers university fees, cost of living, research, books, thesis grant and travel fares to and from the US. Contributions toward support of a dependent spouse also awarded where applicable. Universities include Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics, and others. For further details go to .

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

For seniors wishing to pursue a research-based master’s or doctoral degree program in science, technology, engineering, or math. Value of $45,000/year for 3 years.US citizen, US national, permanent resident aliens may apply. Application deadline typically in November.

Open to seniors who will have finished their baccalaureate degree but have not begun graduate work. For further details go to

Rhodes Scholarships

Pays all tuition and fees for one-three years of study at the University of Oxford, including travel and a maintenance stipend. Must be a US citizen between 18-24 years of age with demonstrated intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character and concern for others. Bachelor’s degree must be completed before October with study at Oxford beginning in November. Applications typically due in September.   

The Rhodes emphasizes demonstrated character, leadership, and concern for others. No particular field of study is specified. For further details, go to .

Udall Scholarships

Open to sophomores and juniors interested in careers related to the environment, to Native Americans and Alaskan Natives who have demonstrated a commitment to careers related to tribal policy or Native health care. Minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline typically early March. Value of up to $5000.

Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives may apply in areas of tribal policy or Native American health care. Those do not need to demonstrate a commitment to the environment. Likewise, applicants in the environment need not show commitment to tribal policy or health care. Fields within the environment include environmental policy, engineering, science business, health, justice and economics. For further details go to .   

Truman Scholarships

For juniors who are US citizens pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Awards up to $30, 000 for graduate work. Emphasis on community service. Applications typically due early February of preceding year.

Involvement in student government, campus-based extracurricular activities, community service and/or ROTC necessary.  Truman Scholars are expected to work in the public service sector for three of the seven years following completion of the Foundation funded graduate degree program. For further details contact for candidates.