Wayland Academy is pleased to announce its 17th annual competition for the Mary Swan Scholarship, an award that covers the full cost of tuition at Wayland for four years. Wayland, a coeducational college preparatory school, offers the scholarship opportunity to incoming ninth grade day students.
Last year’s scholarship recipient, Ellie Aplin, an alumna of Beaver Dam Middle School, noted, “My time attending Wayland has allowed me to gain knowledge and grow my confidence in a very positive challenging environment.” Aside from her academic pursuits, Ellie sings in Wayland’s Festival Choir and the acapella group Almost Famous in addition to playing on the varsity volleyball team.
Sophomore Aryanna Oestreicher, the 2017 Swan Scholar recipient reflected, “I never thought that I could make such strong connections with people from all over the world. Wayland is a community of people from around the world in one city block.”
The 2016 Swan Scholar recipient, Tia Thomas has her sights set on medical school. The Wayland junior observed, “I am fully prepared to go to college. My parents would say Wayland has helped me become a stronger, more independent and responsible person. And that I have learned to better manage my time and be accountable.”
“The Swan Scholarship provides an exceptional opportunity for an outstanding local student to expand their knowledge and build their character,” explained Wayland’s Dean of Enrollment and Financial Aid Brad Large. “Students come to Wayland from around the world to have their educational experience enriched by the variety of opportunities found only at Wayland in a diverse, connected, and engaged community.”
To qualify for the Mary Swan Scholarship, eligible students must reside full-time with at least one parent within the boundaries of the Beaver Dam Unified School District. Students enrolled in public or parochial school or who are homeschooled are welcome to apply. Only students entering ninth grade in the fall of 2019 may apply for the Mary Swan Scholarship. Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at their current school. The student must also have submitted completed applications for admission and financial aid to the Wayland Admission Office by Friday, February 15, 2019.
Mr. John B. McKinstry, Swan Trustee, Wayland Trustee, and life-long friend of Mary Swan, will interview the finalists, after which the recipient will be named. Mary Swan, Wayland class of 1925, was a native of Beaver Dam. Swan and her family were generous patrons of her hometown and Wayland Academy, her alma mater.
Swan taught English at Wayland Academy from 1956 to 1969. She was highly respected for her steadfast devotion to teaching students to write clearly and concisely. McKinstry said, “Mary was not only devoted to, but a strong advocate of, education. She was determined to use her intellectual resources as a teacher as well as her material resources to open doors to that end.”