Rose Graham is the Director of the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance (ONNSFA) in Window Rock, Arizona. ONNSFA is one of 12 programs under the Department of Dine Education, the Navajo Nation’s education regulatory agency. ONNSFA serves more than 10,000 Navajo students pursuing post secondary education. It is largely funded by a P.L. 93-638 contract with the BIA/DOI. Approximately 35 percent of its funds come from the Navajo Nation, corporate and private donations.
Prior to her work with ONNSFA, Rose worked with the Navajo Nation Council for 9 years as Legislative Services Director, Legislative Advisor and Interpreter during Council sessions.
Rose was appointed to serve on the Board of the American Indian Graduate Center because of her significant experience and dedication to education issues. Accepting the appointment, she said, “I believe our young people will inherit a society, environment and world that will be increasingly and wonderfully challenging, competitive and complex. To meet the challenges of this future society, our young people need higher education. I am honored to be appointed to this distinguished board and I will strive to help AIGC with its mission to prepare our young Native people for this future.”
Rose received a B.A. in Humanities from Fort Lewis College. She is also a Certified Navajo Court Interpreter.