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Franke scholarships


Generous donors have provided The W. A. Franke College of Business more than $560,000 in scholarships to award in the next academic year. Scholarships may be awarded based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, financial need, and/or major.

We are grateful to the donors who have chosen to make a difference in our students’ lives. To follow is a brief description of each of our current scholarships.

Basic criteria and application deadlines

The next scholarship application period begins in January 2023. This application is for scholarships that will be awarded for the 2023–2024 academic year.

The current application period is open from January 17, 2023 to March 17, 2023.

  • If you are applying for the FCB MBA program that begins Fall 2023 or you are graduating December 2023, you ARE eligible to apply.
  • If you are graduating in Spring 2023 or Summer 2023, you are NOT eligible to apply.
  • The Scholarship Committee will consider applications only from those students who comply with all the following basic criteria:
    • Be a student in the Business Division of FCB (HRM Division scholarships available HERE)
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  • The committee will match applicants with the scholarship(s) for which they are most qualified (according to the specific criteria of each scholarship) and make decisions considering the total information available

How to apply

The application opens in January for awards distributed for the next academic year (2023-2024).

Beginning January 17, 2023 through March 17, 2023, please use this link to apply: https://nau.scholarshipuniverse.com/

Paper applications are available from The Franke College of Business Dean’s Office (FCB Room 214) for those students who are unable to utilize the web application due to disability.

For questions or problems with the application process please contact Dee Dee Theiss at 928-523-7360 or by email: Deanna.Theiss@nau.edu.

Undergraduate scholarships

Awarded to outstanding students majoring in accounting. Requirements: Accounting majors; 3.0 GPA

Awarded to outstanding students majoring in accounting. Requirement: Accounting majors

Awarded to outstanding students majoring in accounting and pursuing 150 credit hours. Requirements: Senior or Masters Accounting majors; GPA 3.5 or higher

Established by Lisa M. Autino (’86) to assist students obtaining an undergraduate business education. Requirements: Undergraduate majoring in accounting or finance; Demonstrated community service activity; GPA 3.5 or higher; and demonstrated financial need

The Baca Family Scholarship supports an FCB student majoring in Accountancy, Business Economics, Finance, Info Systems. Management or Marketing. Requirements: Works at least 10 hrs per week during the academic year; Min GPA of 2.5

Requirements: Business major; Freshman through Senior; Minimum GPA of 3.0 (where 4.0=A )

Established in honor of Charles Baldwin, former vice president for Business Affairs and professor in the FCB. Requirements: U.S. citizen; Management major; Renewable

Established in memory of Dr. Tom Bellwood, former FCB dean. Requirements: Outstanding demonstrated service to NAU; High potential for success; Demonstrated financial need

Established in honor of Dr. Frank Besnette’s years of service and commitment to Arizona’s university system, especially NAU: Meritorious student; Arizona resident; Financial need

Established in memory of Ralph M. and Mary E. Bilby who made invaluable contributions to the university and to FCB. Requirements: 3.5 GPA; Financial need

Established in honor of Mac Bosse who taught at FCB for 31 years. Requirement: IS undergraduate student

Established in memory of A. John Briel, a member of the business faculty from 1947-1985. Requirements: GPA 2.75 or higher; Full time (12 credit hours); U.S. citizen; Renewable

Established by Kevin and Melanie Brooks to support students with a major in business or HRM in honor of Kevin’s parents, Charles and Delora Brooks. Requirements: FCB or HRM major; Work or military experience required; Renewable for 2 years

Established by friends and family in memory of Colin Charles Brough who was a 20 year old finance major in The W. A. Franke College of Business. Requirements: Business major; Sophomore, junior or senior; Actively involved in community service

Established by Bernadine Lewis in honor of her grandmother, Katie Brown, and parents, Nadine Cleveland Lewis and Benjamin Lewis, who valued education and worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for their children and grandchildren to achieve higher education. Applications accepted only through the NAU Foundation. Requirements: African American or of African descent; First generation college student; Financial need; Freshman entering sophomore year; 2.5 GPA

Established by Oscar (’13) and Bianca (’13) Bujanda to support. Requirements: Students majoring in Information Systems Management, Economics, or Finance; Sophomore, Junior or Senior class standing; First generation students; Traditionally underrepresented students

Established in memory of Sandra McKay Byerley, an NAU graduate. Requirements: Management or accounting major; Junior or senior; Preference is given to those who demonstrate financial need; Extracurricular involvement in College of Business student activities; U.S. citizen; 2.5 GPA; Financial need

Committed to excellence in higher education, CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann PC established the fund to support 5th year accounting students. Requirements: 3.25 GPA; 5th year accounting student working on 150 hours

This Fund shall be used to provide scholarships to support undergraduate students who meet the following criteria. Requirements: First Generation college student; Accounting major; Junior or Senior class standing; GPA 3.5 or greater; Financial need

Established in memory of Neil Christensen, a prominent Flagstaff attorney. Renewable. Requirements: Graduate of a Flagstaff high school; Completed at least 30 hours at NAU; 3.25 GPA or higher; Full time student; Business major

Awarded to an accounting student in pursuit of obtaining 150 credit hours. Requirements: Accounting major; 3.0 GPA; Junior or above, pursuing 150 credit hours; Full-time (12 credit hours); Extracurricular activities or community service; Arizona resident, U.S. citizen; Preference given to Clifton Larson Allen intern or externship participant; Interested in pursuing a career in public accounting in AZ upon graduation

Established by Tom (’62,’69) and Judith (’63) Crimmins. Requirements: Winslow High graduate; GPA 3.0 or higher; Full-time student; U.S. citizen; Sophomore in original year of award, then renewable

Established by Randall Davidson (’66), Alumni and Faculty Hall of Fame member. Requirements: Accounting majors; Currently employed; Preference for graduate from Gallup High School, NM

Established to assist students desiring to travel internationally to enhance their educational experience. Requirements: 1 Business and 1 HRM undergraduate student; Supports student international travel

Established in memory of Michael Dishner (’87). Requirements: Accounting major; Entering senior year; 3.2 GPA or higher; Full time student; U.S. Citizen

Established by Joseph F. (’70) and Corinne J. Dox. Awarded to business undergraduate students honorably discharged from military service. Renewable. Requirements: Undergraduate student; Honorably discharged from military service or adversely affected by a family member’s military service (e.g., spouse or parent killed in military action); 2.5 GPA or higher

Awarded to students majoring in economics. Requirement: Economics major

Established by Eide Bailly LLP to support the educational aspirations of students in pursuit of a career in the field of accounting. Requirements: 1 accounting undergraduate junior or senior and 1 MBA accounting student; Involved in community service or extracurricular activities

The Enterprise Holdings scholarship was established to support FCB students who wish to pursue excellence in customer service and sales.

Awarded to a student majoring in accounting who is obtaining 150 credit hours. Requirements: Accounting major; 3.0 GPA

Given to aid a nontraditional returning student who is currently employed. Renewable. Requirements: Non-traditional student (returning to school, working several jobs, supporting a family); Full-time (12 credit hours); U.S.-born citizen; 2.5 GPA or higher

Established by John Ferron (’86 Finance) to assist outstanding finance students to achieve their degree. Requirements: Finance major; Junior or Senior; Business Preparation Program has been completed; GPA 3.5 or higher; Employed part time or active in providing community service; Preference will be given to a student with unmet financial need as determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Awarded to a student majoring in finance with a high overall, and FCB GPA, involved in extracurricular activities and/or community service. Requirements: Finance major or dual major that includes finance; Full time student; Prefer students with extra curricular activities and/or community service

Awarded to an outstanding student majoring in accounting and/or finance. Requirement: Finance and/or accounting student

Awarded to first-generation college students, in support of traditionally underrepresented groups. Requirements: Business and HRM majors; Financial need

Established in memory of the Gardners who contributed much to the College of Business, NAU, and Flagstaff. Requirements: Accounting major; 3.0 GPA or higher; Senior (90+ credit hours completed)

Applications accepted only through the NAU Foundation. Requirements: Hispanic student; Business major; Freshman/Sophomore GPA 2.5 or higher; Junior/Senior GPA 3.0 or higher; Full time student; Renewable if continues to meet criteria; If selected – 20 hours community service per year required

Established by F. Michael Geddes in honor of his son, an NAU alumnus. Renewable. Requirements: Graduate of Bourgade or other Phoenix Catholic high school; Sophomore year of initial award; 3.0 GPA Full-time student

Requirements: Business major; Full-time; Preference for graduates of Globe High School; Demonstrate financial need

Established in honor of Lillian Hall, a lifelong learner and undaunted advocate for education, who dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for Northern Arizonans. Requirements: Accounting majors; Entering Senior year or 5th year accounting student (or MBA); 3.0 GPA or higher; US citizen

Established to provide support to students majoring in accounting with an interest in the governmental industry. Requirements: Accounting major; Rising junior; Full-time student; U.S. citizen; AZ resident; 3.0 GPA

Established by David (’95) and Stacey Hitesman to support the endeavors of future students enrolled in the NAU Honors Program and FCB. Requirements: Full-time student; Enrolled in Honors College; 3.5 GPA or higher; Arizona resident; Involvement in extracurricular activities

Requirements: Awarded to one or more outstanding students; IS major

Requirement: IS major

Established by Robert Jacobs, Paula Jacobs, and Julianne Jacobs Denham to provide a student with the opportunity to obtain their marketing degree. Requirements: Marketing major; 3.5 GPA; Full time undergraduate junior or senior; Financial need shall not be a consideration for selection; U.S. citizen

Established by Theresa Drew (’79) in honor of her parents. Requirements: Accounting student; Demonstrate leadership through involvement in campus activities; 3.0 GPA

Supports students from federally recognized Indian Tribes interested in entrepreneurship with the long-term goal of improving economic circumstances and quality of life for their communities. Requirements: Member of a federally recognized tribe; Business or HRM majors, undergraduate and graduate programs; GPA 2.0 or higher; Full or part time students (part time student award will be prorated based on credit hours); Not an NAU employee (this does not apply to student workers)

Established by Thomas Knubel (’70) in honor of his parents. Requirement: Business students who qualify for Disability Student Services

Established by Kelley Knutson (’81) and James Umland for students interested in international business. Requirements: Accounting or finance student entering Junior year; 3.2 GPA or higher; Preference given to students with an interest in international business and/or members of NAU student service organizations; Renewable for senior year

Established by the daughters of Virgil H. Langley in memory of their father. Mr. Langley was an alumnus of Arizona Teacher’s College (now NAU) earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. He was an educator, a Flagstaff City Council member, and a prominent businessman in Northern Arizona. Requirements: Business and HRM students; Full-Time; 3.0 GPA

Established by Sam and Anne Litzler’s son, John Litzler. Sam taught tax at the FCB from 1967–1987. Requirements: Business student; Financial need; 2.5 GPA

Requirements: Student engaged in the sales certificate program Preference for a member of Pro Sell Club; 3.0 GPA or greater; Sophomores through Seniors

Awarded to a full-time student majoring in accounting. Requirements: Full time student; Accounting major; Junior or senior; 3.25 GPA

Established to recognize 37 years of service by Alden C. Lorents, a professor in the CIS and MBA programs. Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate students; Interest in Information Systems

Established by Mark (’77) and Roberta (’77) Malinski. Requirements: U.S. citizen; Full-time student

Awarded to outstanding students majoring in management. Requirements: Management major; GPA 3.0 or higher

Awarded to outstanding students majoring in marketing. Requirements: Marketing major; 70 hours completed; Min 3.5 GPA

Established by Robert and Sharon McCord, long-time Arizona residents who value the importance of investing in education. Renewable. Requirements: Students entering junior or senior year; AZ resident; 3.6 GPA or higher

Established by Dennis E. Mitchem, whose dedication to higher education is exemplified in his work for NAU, his philanthropy, volunteerism, and political causes. Requirements: Accounting major; Entering Junior or Senior year; Preference given to NAU honors students; 3.5 GPA or higher

Established by Robert’s family and friends. Robert was a committed member of the community and touched the lives of many. He is a member of the FCB Alumni and Faculty Hall of Fame. Requirements: Business student; Demonstrated financial need

Applications accepted only through the NAU Foundation Established by Donald (’61) and Peggy Murray (’63). Requirements: Sophomore business majors; Demonstrated financial need; First preference is given to a female; Second preference is given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Third preference is given to students from Mexico

Established by Kerry and Kristy O’Bannon (’97) and awarded to a meritorious student who works and provides volunteer service. Requirements: Full-time student; Junior or senior business major; 3.60 GPA; Arizona resident; U.S. citizen; Work a minimum of 20 hours; Involved in volunteer activity

Established by Kerry and Kristy O’Bannon (’97) and awarded to a meritorious student who works and provides volunteer service. Requirements: Full-time student; Junior or senior in the year of the award; 3.60 GPA; U.S. citizen; Arizona resident; Works at least 20-hours per week; Participates in volunteer activity

Awarded to junior or senior marketing students working at least 6 hours per week during the semester with an interest in non-profit/social cause marketing. This scholarship has been established to recognize Dr. Nita Paden for her 24 years of service at NAU. Requirements: Marketing major; Junior or senior; Employed at least 6 hrs per week during the academic year; Interest in non-profit/social cause marketing; GPA of 3.0 or higher

Supports students from federally-recognized Indian Tribes interested in entrepreneurship with the long-term goal of improving economic circumstances and quality of life for their communities. Requirements: Member of a federally recognized tribe Interest in entrepreneurship; 2.0 GPA or higher; Full or part-time students; Financial need; Not an NAU employee; Preference for Pascua Yaqui tribe undergraduate

Requirements: Accordion Open First generation college students from rural AZ; Financial need; Preference for students with an interest in interdisciplinary entrepreneurship with specific desire to build industry in rural AZ

Established by Mr. R. Keith Newlon (’79) to honor his father, Robert (Bob) Newlon the oldest of twin brothers. Bob graduated from Phoenix Union High School receiving a football scholarship to Tulane University until a diving accident ended his football career. Bob started a lengthy career in the title business during the late 1950’s. In 1985, Bob, his wife Betty, Keith and his wife Cindy, formed the Pioneer Title Agency where Bob continued to serve as Chairman of the Board until his passing. Requirements: Business majors; Full time student; AZ Resident

Awarded to students who have had significant change in their financial status. Requirements: Sophomore, junior or senior business students; Financial need

A memorial fund established in memory of Laverne Pitcher, a former vice president at NAU. Requirement: Business student

Established by Timothy Rastello (’75) to support students majoring in business. Renewable. Requirements: Business major; Student demonstrating an interest in social justice issues; 3.0 GPA

Applications accepted only through the NAU Foundation. Established by Peter A. Raynolds in memory of his wife, Gennie H. Raynolds.

Established by Regier Carr & Monroe, LLP to support educational aspirations of students from Pima County. Requirements: Accounting major; Junior, Senior or MBA student; Pima, Cochise or Santa Cruz County resident; 2.8 GPA

Established by John and Elizabeth White in memory of their friend, John Ricca (’38 & ’64 Honorary), who was a distinguished alumnus of the FCB. Requirement: Deserving business students.

Established to support students with an interest in Risk Management and Insurance (RMI). Requirements: Business major; Student demonstrating an interest in RMI

Established by Rick Rodriguez (’84) to support a business student on the NAU athletic team. This scholarship is renewable. Requirements: FCB student athlete; Preference for student on NAU basketball team

Applications accepted only through the First Scholars Program. Established by Emily and Mike (’60) Santellanes, long-time supporters of NAU. Emily and Mike’s two daughters, Linda (’83) and Nina (’84), also graduated from NAU. Requirements: Business major; 3.0 GPA

Awarded to a student active in at least one service organization. Renewable. Requirements: Student active in at least one service organization; Preference for students demonstrating overcoming an adversity; 2.5 GPA or higher

Established by Sherri Slayton (’85) and awarded to a graduate from a Flagstaff high school, who demonstrates financial need, and maintains a part-time job. Requirements: Graduate of a Flagstaff high school; Demonstrated financial need; Maintains a part-time job while attending NAU

Requirements: Student engaged in the sales certificate program Preference for a member of Pro Sell Club; 3.0 GPA or greater; Sophomores through Seniors

Established by Southwest Wealth Strategies to support the educational aspirations of students in pursuit of a career in the field of Finance. Requirements: Finance major; Sophomore, junior, or senior; 3.0 GPA or higher; Actively involved in extracurricular activities; U.S. resident

Established by Karen Sparks in honor of her husband Ray Sparks. Mr. Sparks retired after 40 years as a business educator at Pima Community College, and is a proud veteran and advocate for higher education. Mrs. Sparks honors his dedication to veteran causes and higher education with this scholarship. Requirements: Full time student; Undergraduate or graduate; Military veteran, honorably discharged; GPA 2.75 or higher

Awarded to students who are prepared to make meaningful contributions to the profession. Requirements: Accounting major; Junior, senior, or MBA; Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 = A); Preference for non-traditional students; and/or students who work at least 10 hours per week during the academic year

Established by NAU alumni in honor of Dr. Wilma Stricklin who taught at the FCB from 1967–1976. Renewable. Requirements: Management major; 3.0 GPA or higher

Established by James Travis (’70) in honor of his late wife Mary Carol Travis. Requirements: Major in Accountancy, Business Econ, Finance, Info Systems, Management or Marketing; Minimum 2.5 GPA; Demonstrated financial need; Student will have overcome adversity in their life; Student involved in extracurricular activities

Awarded to an outstanding FCB student worker. Requirements: FCB student worker; 2.0 GPA

The Lawrence A. Wright Scholarship supports a student majoring in Accountancy, Business Economics, Finance, Info Systems. Management or Marketing. Requirements: Member of Zeta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Chi; Seniors only; Min. GPA 3.0

Established by Phil (’03) and Kayla Tavasci to financially assist first generation college students in obtaining their dreams of higher education. Requirements: First generation student; Financial need

Established in memory of Eugene Thomas, an enthusiastic advocate of higher education and business students. Requirements: Business student; AZ resident; 3.0 GPA

Established by James Toyota (’88). Requirements: Full-time student; Varsity wrestler in a Tucson or other Arizona high school; 3.0 GPA; Arizona resident

Established by friends and family from around the world to honor the life of Andrew Tuttle, a 2004 business graduate. Requirements: Demonstrated financial need; Undergraduate in The W. A. Franke College of Business; Preference for student travel; 3.0 GPA

Awarded to graduates from a Four Corners area high school who exhibits academic excellence. Requirements: Business majors; High school graduates from the Four Corners area; Interested in entrepreneurship; Demonstrated financial need; Academic excellence; Full time student (12 credits); Junior or senior year of award

Established by Larry J. West (’75), a first generation college student, in honor of his parents and others who contributed to his educational and professional success. Requirements: First generation student; Business majors; AZ resident; GPA 3.0 or higher; Demonstrated financial need

Established by the Robert H. Williams family. Dr. Williams is retired after 32 years as a marketing professor in FCB. Requirements: Marketing major; Has demonstrated leadership or participation in volunteer service; Arizona resident; U.S. citizen; At least 42 hours completed; 2.75 GPA

Established by Cheryl S. Wilson (’69) in support of accounting students pursuing 150 credit hours. Requirements: Accounting major in 5th year of study (in pursuit of 150 hours); Exhibits academic excellence; Demonstrated financial need; 3.25 GPA

Graduate scholarships

NAU Graduate College Scholarships

Requirements: Graduate College Applications; Deadline – end of January.

Accounting Area MBA

Awarded to outstanding accounting students entering the MBA program. Requirement: Accounting majors.

Eide Bailly Accounting Scholarship

Established by Eide Bailly LLP to support the educational aspirations of students in pursuit of a career in the field of accounting. Requirements: 1 MBA accounting student and 1 accounting undergraduate junior or senior; Involved in community service or extracurricular activities.

Chris Fortugno MBA Accounting Scholarship

Established in memory of Chris Fortugno (’78 MBA), to support of The W. A. Franke College of Business MBA Accounting students. Requirements: Accounting major; Accepted to MBA program.

Paula and Julianne Jacobs MBA

Established by Robert and Paula Jacobs and Julianne Jacobs Denham to provide a MBA student with the opportunity to obtain their degree. Requirements: Full-time student in MBA program; U.S. citizen; Financial need shall not be a consideration for selection; Funds will be used for tuition and/or textbooks

Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Supports students from federally recognized Indian Tribes interested in entrepreneurship with the long-term goal of improving economic circumstances and quality of life for their communities. Requirements: Member of a federally recognized tribe; Business or HRM majors, undergraduate and graduate programs; GPA 2.0 or higher; Full or part time students (part time student award will be prorated based on credit hours); Not an NAU employee (this does not apply to student workers).

Doris Patton MBA

Established to honor Doris Patton, longtime MBA program coordinator, for her contributions to the program’s success, and her exemplary customer service. Requirement: MBA student (full or part time).

Regier Carr Monroe LLP

Established by Regier Carr & Monroe, LLP to support educational aspirations of students from Pima County. Requirements: Accounting major; Junior, Senior or MBA student; Pima, Cochise or Santa Cruz County resident; 2.8 GPA.

Ray Sparks Scholarship for Veteran Business Students

Established by Karen Sparks in honor of her husband Ray Sparks. Mr. Sparks retired after 40 years as a business educator at Pima Community College, and is a proud veteran and advocate for higher education. Mrs. Sparks honors his dedication to veteran causes and higher education with this scholarship. Requirements: Full time student; Undergraduate or graduate; Military veteran, honorably discharged.