Originally Published: January 28, 2016 6 a.m.
The first contribution to Prescott College's Ronald C. Nairn Memorial Scholarship Fund and Display has been made by an anonymous Prescott resident for the amount of $10,000.
In 1965, Yale-educated Dr. Ronald Nairn became the first academic president of the college, although at the time there was no school, no campus, no staff, no students and no curriculum. Under his leadership, the first campus was built and opened to the college's charter class just one year after his arrival.
"We are most grateful to this donor," Prescott College President John Flicker said. "This generous gift will help to cover tuition costs for some very deserving students. We're confident that this will be the first of many contributions to this inspired new scholarship fund."
Nairn's daughters, Belinda Nairn Wertman of Williston, Florida, and Sue Nairn Bray of Prescott, worked with Flicker and Prescott College to create a scholarship fund in their father's memory. The fund will provide tuition assistance for Prescott College students, with Yavapai County residents being given first priority. A small portion of the fund will also be used to create a memorial display in the College's library.
"Prescott College will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year," Bray said. "We felt that it was time to not only recognize our dad for his efforts in building the college, but to remember the students, faculty and staff who had the courage to attend and work at a brand new school, which was totally cutting edge and ahead of its time.
"Over the years, Prescott College has offered thousands of students a quality education and a tremendous living experience in this community, and we want to preserve that history as well as offer significant financial assistance to a number of students."
"Ron Nairn earned his degrees with the benefit of scholarship assistance, and we are proud to continue this concept with our students today," Flicker added. "In addition, we at the college want to especially thank Elisabeth Ruffner for her assistance in obtaining the first donation to this fund. She has been a supporter of Prescott College since day one, and her assistance is invaluable."
Anyone interested in contributing to this fund can contact Sue Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 928-445-5774 for further details.