The Jean Dinges Memorial Scholarship and Endowment Fund was created in memory of Jean Dinges, who passed away in 2016 following her battle with cancer. Jean was a vivacious, vibrant woman with an unprecedented passion for life. She was born and raised in Belleville, IL, and she was second to none in her commitment to her community and showing her care for others.
Many things brought Jean joy, but she was especially proud of her granddaughter, Kate Renner (SIU School of Medicine, Class of 2016), for pursuing a career in medicine. Jean was an avid supporter of women's education - particularly of women entering careers in math, science, and medicine. She often stated how proud and impressed she was, specifically, of the education Kate received at SIU School of Medicine and loved to promote and support the school.
The Jean Dinges Memorial Scholarship and Endowment Fund at SIU School of Medicine was created to initiate an annual scholarship to be awarded to a female medical student at SIU School of Medicine, to support her educational endeavors. In turn, we hope to support female physicians dedicated to providing excellent quality health care in Southern Illinois.