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 in 2017.


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



The 2017 application period has ended

Past Winners

Congratulations to renee buchanan, jessie payne, bernadette castner and andrea dana,
our 2016 SWAN Scholarship Award 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.

2015 Scholarship recipients

Sarah Mickelson attended Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University and is pursuing a Masters in Speech – Language Pathology at Western.  She also volunteers for Skagit Special Olympics, theater camps for children and is a founding member of Shakespeare Northwest.  Her goal is to become a licensed clinical speech language pathologist and help children in educational settings, bringing her love of theater to the learning environment.

Austyn Hine attended Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University and is pursuing a Masters in Teaching at Western.  Her focus is history and she also volunteers with Junior Achievement.  Her dream is to become a high school history teacher and to become ESL and AP certified, blending her love of helping people with her passion for history.

Corrin Hamburg attended Skagit Valley College as a running start student and Shoreline Community College for her transfer degree and Washington State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.  She is pursuing a Masters in Water Resource and Professional Science at the University of Idaho.

She volunteers with Skagit Valley Dike District 17, Skagit Valley Hospital and the Celtic Arts Foundation.  She is currently working as the Environmental Laboratory Manager at Skagit Valley College.  Her goal is to become a water resource instructor at a two- or four year institution – to continue to grow as a scientist and also inspire others in the field the way her instructors inspired her.

Sindie Howland attended Bellingham Technical College, Skagit Valley College and Washington State University.  She is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations at WSU and hopes to complete the Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership.  

 Sindie is a mother of three and volunteers with her sons’ youth sports and has worked for Skagit Valley College for over 17 years. 

 Her dream is to have a leadership role in the field of education and transform educational systems to assist students in realizing their educational goals.

Daisy Padilla-Torres attended Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University and is pursuing a Masters in Adult and Higher Education from WWU’s Woodward College of Education.  She volunteers as an ESL teacher, for Skagit Literacy, Community Action and as a Youth Soccer Coach for the YMCA.  She is a first generation college graduate and a recipient of the Champions of Diversity program at SVC.   

One of her goals is to become an academic advisor for diverse students in a higher education setting to support Latino students and families in achieving access to equitable resources and achieving their educational goals. 

She noted that her husband is her number one cheerleader and that her daughter is one of her biggest motivations to continue with her goals and dreams. 

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