Diné College Tops Fundraising Goal in First Quarter with $2.1 Million
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May 3, 2022
TSAILE, Ariz. — Diné College raised more than $2.1 million in the first quarter of this year. “We have placed a high priority in seeking alternative revenue to continually build our college,” said Dr. Charles Roessel, president of the college. “A few years ago, the board of regents prioritized fundraising and we are beginning to see the benefits.”
The college broke the record in the first three months of 2022. The unprecedented campaign was propelled by eleven large donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations in support of academic growth and institutional stability. The college saw its biggest boost in donations this year. Adrian Lerma, Development Officer said, “This may be in response to the unyielding support of students, staff, and faculty during uncertain times that has inspired gifts from donors who believe in the direction of the college.”
Most of the fundraising has been devoted to improving accessibility for all students by focusing on scholarships, laptops and broadband access. But what is unique this time, said Roessel “is the focus on operational support to improve and create new and existing academic programs.” Diné College is in the process of developing two graduate degree programs and expect to begin offering a Master’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s in Business Administration and an executive management training program next spring.
These funds will also help expand our outreach to graduating high school seniors with the first 200 who apply, enroll, register and attend receiving a 100% tuition grant. In addition, the college is continuing its 100% tuition grant for all current students in good standing. The Warrior family is not stopping there, it is also offering 50% off all other students.
Some of the past investment is already reaping a return with the first graduate in our Bio Medical Science program this spring. Diné College welcomes all interested students to visit our website. Since 2019, the college has been paving a path for philanthropy, focusing on relationship building with long time supporters, recurring donors, and alumni. The College has transformed itself to foster and create innovative opportunities to give. The college has successfully exceeded its fundraising goals for the past two years. And the launch of the Diné College Alumni Association has reconnected graduates who are now established in their careers. Alumni are motivated to give back to the institution that has given them so much.
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 20 bachelor degrees, 16 associate degrees, and 6 certificate programs. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College, established in 1968.