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Linda Deutsch

Linda Deutsch ’65 made a planned gift to Monmouth that established an endowed scholarship fund for journalism students.

More than five decades after she blazed a trail through Monmouth and enjoyed a distinguished 48-year career in journalism with the Associated Press, Linda Deutsch ’65 has made a seven-figure planned gift to support journalism students at her alma mater. Thanks to her thoughtful planning and generous philanthropy, the Linda Deutsch ’65 Distinguished Endowed Scholarship will provide significant support to future generations of aspiring journalists.

Linda established her scholarship as a way to give back to the University that gave her so much. A loyal volunteer and donor to Monmouth, Linda decided to first create the Linda Deutsch ’65 Annual Scholarship in Journalism to witness the impact of her philanthropy during her lifetime. Wanting to do more, Linda then decided to make a planned gift by permanently endowing the scholarship through her trust.

She credits her Monmouth experience as both feature editor of The Outlook, and editor-in-chief of Monmouth Letters, as being the catalyst for her professional success at the Associated Press. And thanks to Monmouth College faculty and Jules L. Plangere, Jr., Linda earned her first full-time journalism job at the Asbury Park Press, which eventually led to a storied career covering some of the most notable events of the 20th Century.

When Linda started at the Associated Press in 1967, she was the only woman in the newsroom and quickly earned the respect of her male counterparts. She covered some of the most notorious criminal cases in modern history—from Charles Manson to Sirhan Sirhan, and Patty Hearst to O.J. Simpson. She was named AP special correspondent in 1992, and her coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial earned her a Pulitzer Prize nomination. She became a member of numerous journalism organizations and was honored for her advocacy in first amendment causes. Upon retirement, the AP recognized Linda’s “reporting excellence and journalistic integrity.”

Linda has left an indelible impact on the field of journalism, and with this planned gift, a tremendous legacy at Monmouth University. Join Linda in supporting today’s students, and future generations of Hawks, by establishing an annual scholarship now and endowing it permanently through your will or trust. Gifts like Linda’s help ensure that the University can continue to provide deserving students with an exceptional Monmouth education.

The gift of scholarship can be life-changing for a Monmouth student. Learn how you can create and fund a scholarship of your own—like Linda did—by contacting Karen Keene at 732.571.3475 or

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