Linda Finney Diversity Scholarship
Founded by Leadership Spokane’s Diversity Day Scan Team from the Class of 2013, the scholarship is named in honor of Leadership Spokane’s Executive Director Emeritus, Linda Finney. The Class of 2013 wished to recognize Finney for her commitment to diversity and outreach.
“I was taken completely by surprise,” stated Finney. “It is a huge honor. It feels like a validation of so much I have worked for and care about. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t begin to express my gratitude.” The Scan Team created the scholarship to make a positive change that would extend beyond their class experience. The scholarship will strengthen Leadership Spokane and the Spokane community by further encouraging diverse participation in the Leadership Spokane program.
The Class of 2013 raised over $2500 to fund two partial scholarships this first year. At Commencement on the 13th of June, Shelly Wynecoop, Director and Chief Executive Officer at Spokane Tribal College was the first recipient. The scholarship is intended to be need based and provide funding for individuals who are not already sponsored or otherwise could not afford tuition on their own. The scholarship will be permanently funded by the Leadership Spokane community and administered by the organization.
The Diversity Day Scan Team: Chris Bernardi (Itron), John Dickson (Spokane County), Speed Fitzhugh (Avista), Zane Huffman (FLSmidth), Chris Romey (Spokane Emergency Physicians), Korry Sheffler (Itron), Connie Stark (StarkTours), Tracy Swank (Northeast Community Center)
2020 - April Eberhardt
College and Career Specialist, Spokane Public Schools
2019 - Marianne Sfeir
Business Analyst, Northwest Farm Credit Services
2018 - Cassondra Martinez
Creative Director, Creative from the Couch
2015 - Rebecca Bender
Salon Stylist, Hair Romance by BeccaB
2014 - Shelly Wynecoop
Grants Administrator, Spokane Arts