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Desert Financial announced as the title sponsor for the Inaugural Scholarship and Awards Celebration

Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) recently announced Desert Financial Credit Union as its title sponsor for the inaugural Northern Arizona Healthcare Scholarship and Awards Celebration. As the title sponsor, Desert Financial committed to funding $93,000 in endowment and expendable scholarships for which any employee of NAH may apply. The recipients for this inaugural year will be announced at a celebration on August 18. 

“We are honored to continue our partnership with Desert Financial Credit Union,” said Maraka Oltrogge, NAH vice president of philanthropy. “Our entire scholarship and awards program is based on the outpouring of support from community members and internal leaders who see the value in lifting up NAH employees and giving them every opportunity to strengthen their skills.”   

The endowment will distribute a minimum of two $1,500 scholarships every year in perpetuity. Desert Financial Credit Union’s contribution supports NAH’s commitment to creating learning and professional development opportunities for colleagues so they can continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients and community.  

“It is a privilege to partner with NAH by supporting the current and future health care workers who dedicate their lives to helping the community,” said Desert Financial Credit Union President and CEO Jeff Meshey. “Our organization knows how important it is to recruit and retain health care workers in our community and we are pleased that we can celebrate them at this year’s inaugural celebration.”   

In addition to Desert Financial Credit Union, Swire Coca-Cola USA, Flagstaff AZ, contributed to the awards celebration and scholarship fund. At the August 18 event, nine other scholarships and awards will be presented, including the Andrew Gregory Spyrow Health Care Scholarship, Dean Taylor Health Care Award, Findlay Toyota Health Care Award, Marjorie and Samuel McClanahan Nursing Scholarship, Simon Memorial Scholarship, The Loven Family Health Care Scholarship, Hunt Family Scholarship, Paul Weston First Responder Scholarship, and the Dr. Deborah Lindquist Nurse Chemotherapy Award. 

NAH has received an overwhelming number of applicants in this first year. If an individual or organization would like to learn more about how they can create a scholarship or award to support health care workers in the community, please contact Maraka Oltrogge at maraka.oltrogge@nahealth.com or 928-773-2275