News Release – Diné College Students Eligible for the Buddy Whitethorne Memorial Scholarship

The late Bahe “Buddy” Whitethorne Jr. is shown here painting.
The late Bahe “Buddy” Whitethorne Jr. is shown here painting.

Diné College Students Eligible for the Buddy Whitethorne Memorial Scholarship


Contact: Nolan Begaye
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

July 14, 2021

TSAILE, Ariz. — The Buddy Whitethorne Foundation has partnered with Diné College to offer the Buddy Whitethorne Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $600 to two Diné College juniors or seniors.

The Buddy Whitethorne Foundation was established in 2020 to honor the life and legacy of Diné artist Bahe “Buddy” Whitethorne Jr. through encouragement and support for young Native American careers in the arts. Buddy inspired others through the creation of his art and the personal energy that he radiated.

The Buddy Whitethorne Memorial Scholarship will assist aspiring artists by providing financial support to further their academic journey and provide mentorship opportunities along the way. Mentoring will include artistic applications as well as business fundamentals. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their academic standing, talent, and financial need.

Baje Whitethorne Sr., president of the Buddy Whitethorne Foundation, said he is happy to offer the first two scholarships made possible by the generous donations of supporters of the Buddy Foundation and the art community at-large. “We look forward to continuing this important work to provide financial assistance and mentorship opportunities to our emerging and aspiring artists” said Baje Whitethorne Sr.

The Buddy Whitethorne Memorial Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Junior and Senior status Diné College students enrolled in the School of Arts, Humanities, & English in pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the following majors: Digital Photography, Painting, Graphic design, and Navajo Silversmithing.

The scholarship award is $600.00 for the 2021 to 2022 academic year, which will be distributed by Diné College’s Office of Financial Aid. Two students will be chosen per academic year. The application cycle is currently open and will close on July 31, 2021. Award notification date will be on August 13, 2021.

Applications can be downloaded online through Awards Spring, or requested from Diné College’s Office of Financial Aid.

Diné College is a four-year tribal college located on the Navajo reservation with six campuses and two microsites across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah and primarily serves Navajo students. The school offers 13 bachelor’s degrees, 20 associate’s, and 9 certificate programs. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college, established in 1968, is the first tribal college and was formerly named Navajo Community College.

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