Richard and Orlanta Franck Mater Dei Scholarship

FranckShortly after World War I, a wide-eyed 3 year old girl and her family emigrated from Italy to a new life in Dalkena, Washington. “We were poor but we didn’t know it,” recalled Orlanta Franck. Orlanta’s father worked as a bunkhouse cook in the small logging town north of Spokane. “There were three of us girls, and we came from a very poor, very loving family,” she said.

When the mill burned down, the family moved to Spokane. Orlanta married, and served for nearly 30 years at the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Later widowed and retired, Orlanta wanted to serve others in some way. She decided to set-up a gift annuity that would establish scholarships for students at Gonzaga’s Mater Dei Institute who are preparing for religious life or lay students preparing for ministry.

“I feel good about what I will establish,” she said. “Tuition is so high it’s nice to know I will help students who don’t have the financial resources.” The scholarship was established at Orlanta’s death in 2005.