Higher education is a powerful force for change. At an early age, Navajo children are encouraged to prepare academically for college. Families recognize that higher education is crucial in assuring future success for their children. However, for many students, a college education remains a distant dream. Upon graduation from high school, Navajo students often do not enter or complete college. They are deterred by the high cost of college and the lack of financial assistance.
The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance (ONNSFA) is working to increase the number of Navajo students attaining college degrees. In 2018, the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance received applications for financial assistance from 13,210 students. Slightly more than half or 51 percent of those submitting applications were denied due to limited funds.
Federal funding and corporate contributions have not kept pace with the rising demand for scholarships or the increasing costs of attending college. Each year, it becomes more evident that additional funds are necessary to provide financial aid to all eligible college students. Many Navajo students would not be able to attend or graduate from college without financial assistance like that offered by the ONNSFA.
MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFT
The Diné Scholarship Annual Fund, a nonprofit charitable component of ONNSFA to raise and generate revenue exclusively for higher education scholarships and financial assistance, was established in 2012. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Diné Scholarship Annual Fund (DSAF). One hundred percent of all donations to the DSAF are used to award eligible applicants. Your gift will significantly impact the lives of Navajo students and future generations to come.
For information or inquiries contact the ONNSFA Public Information Office at (928) 871-7705 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks may be made payable to The Navajo Nation – Diné Scholarship Annual Fund and mailed to:
Diné Scholarship Annual Fund
Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1870
Window Rock, AZ 86515
The Navajo Nation is treated as a state for purposes of determining the tax deductibility of charitable contributions and gifts. IRC §787(a)(1)(A). The Navajo Nation qualified for this treatment when the Secretary of the Treasury, after consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, determined that the right to exercise one or more of its substantial governmental functions has been delegated to the Indian tribal government pursuant to IRC §7871(d).
The Taxpayer Identification Number of the Diné Scholarship Annual Fund is 86-0092335.
Questions regarding the Navajo Nation’s tax status may be directed to the Tax and Finance Unit of the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General at (928) 810-8526.
Above: Mariah Claw, 2011 Chief Manuelito Scholar