News Release – Diné College Readying For Sept. 22nd Gala in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Fundraising Event Commemorates 50 years of History, Successes at Diné College

August 30, 2018

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.

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.

For more information on attending, call Benita Lopez at (928) 724-6669.



Marie R. Etsitty Nez 
Vice President of External Affairs

George Joe, M.A., M.Ed, Director Of Marketing and Communications

Bernie DotsonPublic Relations Officer

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