The SWAN Scholarship

Each year The SWAN Scholarship is awarded to women working or residing in Skagit County who hold an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or PhD Degree and are pursuing an enhanced standing or competence in their businesses or professions. SWAN’s goal is to award up to $1000 to one or more recipients each year.


An application may be made by any woman who:

·       Works or resides in Skagit County

·       Holds an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or PhD Degree from an accredited college or university

·       Is pursuing an enhanced standing or competence in her business or profession.

Scholarship applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted in one of the following:

·       Post graduate study at an accredited college or university leading to an advanced degree

·       A Professional Designation program (e.g. Certified Financial Planner, CLU, CHFC, CEBS, etc.)

Note that SWAN Board members and their relatives are not eligible for this scholarship.


Candidates are required to submit all of the following in one email:

·       Complete application form including two short essay answers

·       Two letters of recommendation

·       A copy of official college transcripts

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed


Click here to apply for the 2019 SWAN scholarship

 Deadline for Scholarship applications is June 30, 2019

Past Winners

2018 SWAN Scholarship recipients

Andrea Alaniz

Andrea Alaniz has been working in various libraries for over 8 years. Andrea recently accepted a position at the Mount Vernon City Library as an Outreach and Development Coordinator. She started her career in libraries at the Burlington Public Library as a Library Assistant where she learned about the importance of the role of libraries to their communities, then she worked as a Library Technician at West View Elementary, a dual language school, in Burlington in 2012. It was a part time position and she was responsible managing the library and providing library instruction to students in grades k-6. Andrea also taught a very successful Baile Folklorico dance program at West View the last eleven years, working with more than 100 students for a yearly dance production for our school and community. During this time, she was also working for the Migrant Education and Transitional Bilingual Programs for the Burlington-Edison school district for her to be able to have a full-time employment to provide for her three children. She found both of those positions to be challenging but also very rewarding which is why She decided to pursue her Masters in Library and Information Science through the University of Washington.

Tana Baker

Tanna Baker attended Skagit Valley College and earned an ATA degree in Human Services – Generalist. She is currently enrolled in the brand-new BAS-AM program at SVC where she will pursue her bachelor’s degree in applied management. She volunteers as a Commissioner on the Anacortes Housing Authority and is also a registration volunteer for BloodWorks at mobile blood drives in Skagit County. Most recently, Tanna has joined the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and serves as Program Co-Chair.

Lynnette Bennett

Lynnette Bennett has worked for the Washington Community and Technical College System for over 12 years, and is currently the Associate Dean of Workforce Education at Skagit Valley College. As a first-generation college student, she values education and its ability to change lives. She received a Bachelors in Community Health and a Masters in Education from Western Washington University and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education at Northeastern University. When not working or doing homework, Lynnette enjoys hiking, play board games, and watching movies with her husband Jake and 7 year old daughter Maggie.

Jennifer Daley

Jennifer Daley biggest purpose and passion for going back to school at 43 years old is the opportunity to work with kids and to teach them that the power that comes from advocating for themselves is priceless. After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force she earned her AS in Criminal Justice from Mercer County Community College in NJ in 1998 and subsequently earned her BS in Social Science from Portland State University in 2001. She has worked for Sedro-Woolley School District for 5+ years, first as an instructional aid and more recently as the College and Career Counselor at the high school for the past 3 years. As a natural caregiver and fervent advocate, she sincerely loves her job and know she will take much of it with her into my new role as a Professional School Counselor once she graduates from her master’s program at Oregon State University in 2021

Maddy Mackenzie

Maddy MacKenzie loves being the Development Coordinator at Hospice of the Northwest Foundation. She grew up in Anacortes in a commercial fishing family. Maddy attended the University of Washington and majored in International Developmental Economics with a minor in Human Rights. Maddy has been a Rotarian for almost 3 years in the Rotary Club of Anacortes and is currently mentoring for the Anacortes AVID program for the 3rd school year. Currently, she’s working on an MBA to help prepare her for a leadership role in nonprofit work she is passionate about.

Fang Wang

Scholarship recipient Fan Wang is a community college transfer student, who will be starting her senior year at Western Washington University. She is majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies and pursuing a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her goal is to become an elementary or middle school dual language teacher. She grew up in a poor rural area in China. Her parents were farm workers and she had never traveled outside of her hometown and had not met a non-Chinese person before the age of 9. In school, she began to learn about other countries beyond her small hometown, which eventually led to my desire to pursue higher education in the United States. She is the first and only member in her family to attend college. Since she came to the US, she has found that in her free time she enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing, swimming, and playing tennis.

2017 SWAN Scholarship recipients

Nallely Carreon Carrillo

“My short-term goal as of this moment would be to get through my first year of grad school. Thinking about this journey that I’m about
to embark on is pretty scary, and I know that I have to take it step by step, instead of thinking about it as a whole and overwhelming myself. This has been a goal for me and I know that in the end this journey will be worth it.

“For my long-term goal I want
to be able to get through the school counseling program at Seattle University and begin a lifelong career of being a school counselor. I have all the intentions of coming back to my high school — B-EHS — and beginning my career there if the opportunity presents itself.

“I want to become their first bilingual, bicultural counselor. I want to be able to continue to serve my community as a mentor for our diverse students.

“Being in a position of leadership, like that of a counselor, I know I can help students who often feel forgotten or fall through the cracks because they don’t have sufficient support. I want to be there for those students.

“The funding I receive from this scholarship would alleviate the stress of living paycheck to paycheck and the daunting knowledge that I will be in debt for a really long time.

“I know that it will be worth it in the end, and that it will be a positive investment toward my future. I welcome any and all financial support I can receive that will assist with my educational expenses, like books, gas since I don’t live in the area and will be commuting to and from Seattle, and tuition support.”

Novelli Haddick

“I am currently the development coordinator at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. My main tasks include marketing, planning events and all aspects of membership.

“I would like to continue to grow in my current position to better serve the members of the chamber. Long term I would like to become an executive director of a nonprofit.

“Finishing my bachelor’s degree with a minor in business would help me better serve my current position and make me a better candidate to be promoted. These funds will push me closer to finishing my degree.”

Tara Jensen

“My short-term goals are to successfully complete my BA
in interdisciplinary studies for elementary education, and obtain my teaching certificate in Washington state.

“I have worked diligently to balance my personal and academic responsibilities, and to accelerate my studies in order to meet and exceed the goals I have set for myself. Earning my teaching certificate
will enable me to begin a long-term career path as an elementary educator.

“Returning to school was not simply about making myself relevant within the workplace after being a stay at home mother, but rather to fulfill a calling. I have a sincere passion for working with young children, and being an active participant in their emotional, social and academic growth.

“My ultimate goal is to have a rewarding career as an effective educator, and the opportunity to positively influence young minds.

“In order to realize my academic goals, I took out a student loan to pay for tuition. Part of my loans are accruing interest while I am still currently a student, and this funding would allow me to pay toward that loan prior to graduating and obtaining a full-time teaching position.”

2016 SWAN Scholarship recipients

Renee Buchanan attended Western Washington University and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is currently attending Grand Canyon University pursuing a Masters in Reading. She volunteers at the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club and the Burlington Eagles Aerie.

Jessie Payne attended University of Phoenix and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in IT. She has been accepted to Southern New Hampshire University where she will pursue a Masters in Higher Education Administration. Jessie is active in the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators and serves as President. She is also an NSEA Certified Student Employment Essentials Trainer.

Bernadette Castner attended Western Washington University and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Digital Media. She is pursing a degree in Maritime Transportation at the Pacific Maritime Institute. She is a member of the NW Straits Surfrider Chapter.

Andrea Dana attended University of Minnesota and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish. She is pursuing a Teacher Certification in Career and Tech Ed at Central Washington University. Andrea volunteers as a Youth Leader for Camp Fire Samish and was a Volunteer Seamstress for West View Elementary for their Cinco de Mayo celebration.


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