Whitney Bellinghausen Scholarship

Established in 2008 by Jeff and Deborah Bellinghausen, in memory of their daughter, Whitney. 

Whitney was a loved and valued undergraduate student at Western Oregon University. Whitney was a beloved member of the American Sign Language family at WOU. As a result of a devastating auto accident in 2008 on a rural road in Oregon and twenty days after the accident, she passed away from a staph infection at age of 20. Whitney’s untimely passing, her family and friends have created the Whitney Bellinghausen Endowed Scholarship to honor her life and to provide an opportunity for future students to realize Whitney’s dream of studying at Gallaudet University. 

The recipient of this scholarship must, at the time of receiving the award, be an enrolled student at Western Oregon University, participating in the ASL/English Interpreting program as a major or pre-interpreting major, and be accepted as an exchange student at Gallaudet University. 

A memorial Cherry Blossom tree was planted for Whitney Bellinghausen after her death in 2008. The tree was dedicated in October 2008 on her 21st birthday, and it is located between Landers Hall and Lot J. Source: http://omeka.wou.edu:8080/document/1737  

Scholarship Criteria:

  • WOU student participating in the ASL/English Interpreting Program
  • Accepted as an exchange student at Gallaudet University

Award: $1,000

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