TSAILE, Ariz. — Most people around the Four Corners aren’t aware of the advantages associated with attending Diné College, like low tuition and an emphasis on Navajo culture and history, but access is difficult for those who want to attend the school, college officials say.
The college is hosting a 50th anniversary scholarship gala and student fundraiser Sept. 22 in Scottsdale, Arizona, in an effort to assist students who have financial needs.
“It’s for a very worthy cause and we welcome donors and attendees from everywhere,” Diné College President Monty Roessel said.
“We live the legacy of our founding everyday. Diné College’s Scholarship Gala is our celebration of the successes of our institution and our students,” Roessel said.
Helping others pursue higher education is possible with a scholarship fund, college officials have said. Investing in somebody’s future by helping with finances is the focus of Diné College’s 1st annual Scholarship Fundraising Gala.
The gala welcomes financial donations. The funds specifically go toward future student scholarships at Diné College. Those organizing the gala include student volunteers and college alumni and staffers.
“The gala provides a meaningful opportunity for the community to support our seriously impressive students who excel academically and who need financial help to complete their studies,” George Joe, communications and marketing director at Diné College, said.
“We teach our students to venture, to take risks and remain resolute,” Joe said.
Diné College was started in 1968 in two mobile homes in Many Farms, Ariz. The College has grown to what is now six campuses in Tsaile, Tuba City, Chinle, Crownpoint, Shiprock and Window Rock. The College boasts a variety of two and four-year degree programs, including a recently instituted bachelor’s degree in Diné Studies.
The 50th anniversary at Diné College includes an ongoing Speaker Series, satellite campus celebrations, a Navajo-themed wool blanket sale, and various activities throughout the end of 2018 for students, staff and alumni.
Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, has been chosen to be the Master of Ceremonies for the Diné College Bi'olta'a Student Scholarship Gala.
Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel, President of Diné College, said, “We are honored to have Mark help Diné College raise money for scholarships. As editor of Indian Country Today, he has contributed to educate and inform our native people through his insightful reporting and analysis. Diné College and Mark share the idea that information is power. He is a more than a friend of the Navajo; he is one of us."
Trahant has been very involved in Native American journalism for many years. He is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Trahant chaired the daily editorial board, and directed a staff of writers, editors, and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today, and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is also a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He also taught at the University of North Dakota as the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism.
In addition to his editorial role at Indian Country Today, Trahant hosts a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One, while also reporting and commenting on events and trends through his blog at TrahantReports.com.
What: Diné College 50th Anniversary Scholarship Gala and Student Fundraiser.
When: Sept. 22, 2018 — From 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: The Scottsdale Resort, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ.
What to Expect? (Donors): Silent Auction, Dinner, Entertainment, a blanket purchase option, a documentary film of the College’s 50 years, a Tribal College Journal special edition devoted to Diné College.
For more information on attending, call Benita Lopez at (928) 724-6669.