Education Foundation News

For the first time, Southwestern’s Education Foundation is offering a summer application deadline for fall 2019 scholarships. Students taking classes during the fall 2019 semester, who have not already received a scholarship from the SWCC Education Foundation, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is August 1, 2019!

Please head to www.swcciowa.edu/scholarships to apply!

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Published June 28, 2019 9:15 am

The Creston Rotary announced and honored the students selected as 2019-20 Southwestern Community College (SWCC) scholarship recipients on Monday, April 29, 2019, 12 p.m., at a luncheon at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.

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Published May 1, 2019 8:47 am

For the second year in a row, the LifePoint Assembly of God Church, in Osceola, donated to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Education Foundation for the purpose of scholarships to assist Osceola Center students who are completing the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

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Published December 20, 2018 11:06 am

The Education Foundation scholarship deadline for spring 2019 semester is Dec. 1, 2018. The scholarship application may be completed online and is available on the Scholarships webpage.

Students who are eligible to apply for spring scholarships include students who are new to Southwestern, as well as returning students who were not awarded a scholarship for the fall 2018 semester.

Questions regarding scholarships may be directed to Cait Maitlen, executive director of the SWCC Education Foundation. Spring 2019 semester at SWCC starts on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

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Published November 8, 2018 9:43 am

The SWCC Education Foundation’s 2018 Donor-Scholar Dinner was held Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium. There were approximately 150 people in attendance.

The annual event provides opportunities for student scholarship recipients to express gratitude to the donors of their scholarships, as well as a time for celebration of the academic success of the college’s students.

The evening was kicked off by Education Foundation Executive Director Cait Maitlen. Following her opening remarks, Maitlen introduced Meredith Dohmen, director of scholarships for the Bright Foundation, an Iowa Foundation that has been a generous scholarship donor at SWCC for a number of years. Dohmen awarded medallions to the college’s 2018 Bright Scholar award recipients Katelyn Belding, freshman of Lenox, and Hannah Pollard, freshman of Woodburn.

Student speakers for the evening included Josie Jones, sophomore of Mount Ayr; Jesper Holke-Farnam, sophomore of Grundy Center; and Isaac Wignall, sophomore of Creston.

The event was catered by The Windrow in Creston.

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Published November 8, 2018 9:34 am

Students and instructors from Southwestern Community College's automotive programs took time from their schedules to pose for a photo to thank the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education (IADA) for a $5,700 grant awarded to SWCC for the purchase of a refrigerant recovery machine.

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Published September 6, 2018 9:04 am

Two Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students— Jacob Kinyon, second-year automotive repair technology student, of Corning, and Jamie Young, second-year auto collision repair/refinish student, of Humeston—recently benefitted from the generosity of a former SWCC student.

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Published June 13, 2018 3:49 pm

Creston, IA--The Creston Kiwanis Club honored four Creston High School students/graduates, who have been selected to receive the club's 2018-19 Southwestern Community College (SWCC) scholarships, at their regular meeting on Tues., May 8, 2018, at The Windrow restaurant in Creston.

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Published May 10, 2018 1:05 pm

The Life Point Assembly of God Church recently donated $300 to the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation for the purpose of scholarships to assist students, at the Osceola Center, who are completing the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

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Published December 22, 2017 10:32 am

The SWCC Education Foundation’s annual Donor-Scholar Dinner was held on the evening of Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in the Student Center gymnasium. The evening provided a wonderful expression of gratitude for foundation donors, as well as celebration for the academic successes of the college’s students.

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Published November 15, 2017 11:12 am

A team representing the Southwestern Community College athletics department golfed in the annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Nishna Hills Golf Club in Atlantic.

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Published August 15, 2017 11:39 am

Atlantic developers Don and Austin Sonntag, grandfather/grandson duo and owners of Sonntag Development, LLC, recently donated $5,000 to Southwestern Community College’s Education Foundation to be utilized for student scholarships.  Don would like to challenge businesses and other entities in the college’s region to match the donation in order to build the number of scholarships available to Southwestern’s students.

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Published August 31, 2016 8:32 am

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sponsored a team during the annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament, in memory of former SWCC student Trevor Frederickson, on Sat., August 20, 2016, in Atlantic.  SWCC employees (L to R in photo) Morgan Knorr, Lindsay Stumpff, Tracey Evans, and Beth Kulow participated.

Frederickson graduated from SWCC's automotive repair technology program in June 2008.  He competed in baseball for SWCC as well.  On June 18, 2009, Frederickson lost his life in an apartment fire.  Following this tragedy, his family established a scholarship in his name with the SWCC Education Foundation.

The annual golf tournament is hosted by the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, established in 2013.  The goal of the fund is, "to give back to the community Trevor loved by supporting the projects and organizations that best represent his interests."

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Published August 22, 2016 9:48 am

On March 8, 2016, Ron Cain, former Southwestern Community College math instructor, donated a da Vinci XYZ model 3-D printer to the college's math and physics department.  Wade Sick, math and physics instructor, accepted the donation on behalf of the college.

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Published March 15, 2016 9:48 am

Ed and Marge Naven of Creston, formerly of Lenox, donated funds for the purchase of a drone for Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston to utilize for educational and marketing purposes.  The drone, a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, includes a camera giving SWCC the ability to complete aerial filming.  The Navens have been long-time supporters of the college.  

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Published August 27, 2015 11:31 am

SWCC employees (L to R in photo) Lindsay Stumpff, Tracey Evans, Beth Kulow, and Kenny Namanny participated in the T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament, in memory of former SWCC student Trevor Frederickson, on Sat., August 8, in Atlantic.

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Published August 19, 2015 10:54 am

July 8, 2015, Des Moines, IOWA -  Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a non-profit initiative spreading the word about gainful career opportunities in manufacturing, has awarded 10-$500 scholarships to recent Iowa high school graduates entering manufacturing-related courses of study at Iowa’s 15 community colleges.  Jesse Shepherd of Creston, who will attend Southwestern Community College in the fall, is one of the recipients.

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Published July 9, 2015 9:21 am

Winners of the 2015 Creston Rotary Scholarships to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) were recently announced at a luncheon at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.  Twelve students, all either current seniors or graduates of Creston High School, were awarded $300 scholarships to the college through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation (EF).

“The Education Foundation congratulates these outstanding recipients,” Beth Kulow, executive director of the SWCC EF stated.  “We are extremely appreciative of the continued support and generosity of the Creston Rotary.”

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Published April 21, 2015 10:56 am

The Education Foundation hosted the college’s annual Donor Scholar Dinner Tues., November 4, starting at 6 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center.  This event provides opportunities for the SWCC scholarship recipients to meet the donors who provided the funding for their scholarships through the college’s Education Foundation.

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Published November 5, 2014 10:59 am

The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will soon provide scholarship funding to students through the Wichhart Family Endowment.  The endowment was established by Bob and Venita Wichhart. Bob, a former Southwestern student, grew up in Creston.

Beginning fall 2014, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a nontraditional student showing financial need.  The Wichharts are excited about what these scholarships will mean to SWCC students.

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Published August 15, 2013 11:28 am