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


Deadline has passed for 2018

2019 Scholarship applications available May 2019


Past Winners

2018 SWAN Scholarship recipients

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.


If you would like to contribute to the SWAN Scholarship fund, please