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Benefitting an ASL/English interpreting major

The Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund will benefit an ASL/English Interpreting Major. Once the fund has been endowed a $1,000 scholarship will be available every year thereafter.

"No finer human being ever walked the face of this earth........."

Di’s mom says it best, “No finer human being ever walked the face of this earth nor managed to touch lives more exquisitely than our Diva Di. She wasn’t perfect but she never claimed to be either. She grew instantly impatient when she saw wrong and never turned away from an opportunity to stretch her belief system.”


Each of us is on loan to this earth. We have a set amount of time in which to leave our mark. Di’s allotment comprised 26 years, 111 days and 47 minutes. She crammed enormous amounts of living & loving into every single parcel of her existence. If success is determined by those who remember you or who are changed because you were a piece of their life, Dianne Finklein defined the word.”


Di Finklein graduated from WOU’s Interpreting program in 1996. She suddenly passed away in January 2001. A scholarship fund is being set up in her name for future interpreting students. The scholarship will be awarded to a Junior or Senior in the program with Di’s charismatic character and heart, someone who is fun loving, involved in the Deaf community and giving to others.




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You will be able to order online or through individuals assisting with the sales of Mixed Bags. If you are willing to help sell items for this fundraiser please contact Jill Baker at jill.r.baker16@gmail.com prior to October 1, 2013. More details to follow. This is a great time to start thinking about holiday shopping!



The Western Oregon University Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship Committee is seeking your assistance in gathering Prizes for casino night. Do you know of a business or own a business that would be willing to donate a gift certificate or service? Would you be willing to gather items from a group of people you know for a themed gift basket for a movie night, a date night, massage, pedicure basket, chocolates, gardening basket etc.?


If you have any questions feel free to contact Jill Baker at jill.r.baker16@gmail.com


Make a direct donation to the Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship Endowment:


Donate online with the Western Oregon University Foundation at http://www.wou.edu/giving

Please indicate the contribution is for the Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship Fund.



Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund 503-838-8803 | or e-mail: bakerj@wou.edu

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