Dianne “Di” Finklein Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of WOU alum Di Finklein, after she passed away unexpectedly in 2001. Di graduated with a degree in American Sign Language in 1996. Awarded to an undergraduate student in the ASL/English interpreting program. If this program no longer exists, the student must be someone who works in resident life or who serves as an Resident Advisor.

In 1996 she graduated from WOU with a degree in American Sign Language (ASL) and aimed to live and work in Maryland devoting herself to working with deaf and hard of hearing students. She loved the East Coast and managed to make many friends and leave heart prints especially when the lure of family and a return to the Pacific Northwest loomed too large to ignore. Early on the morning of January 9, 2001, Dianne suffered a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in her lungs – and passed away most tragically and unexpectedly. Source: WOU Magazine Fall 2010.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Undergraduate in interpreting academic program with the language pair of ASL/English.


  • Secured out-of-state internship, especially on the East Coast
  • Does not excel in math and loves to cook

Award: $1,000.00

Deadline: TBA

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