Wayland Academy Announces Swan Scholarship Competition

Wayland Academy is pleased to announce its 16th 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.

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 2018 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 16, 2018.

Swan Scholarship presentation 2017

Wayland Library Director Lori Bird with 2017 Swan Scholarship recipient Aryanna Oestricher `21 and Trustee John B. McKinstry H`10.

Last year’s scholarship recipient, Aryanna Oestricher, an alumna of St. Katherine Drexel School, noted, “Wayland’s welcoming environment inspires my sense of independence and accomplishment. Whenever I step on campus I get the feeling ‘I am independent… I can do this!’”

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.

Mary Swan `25

Miss Swan `25 in the library.

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.”

“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.”

In addition to the Mary Swan Wayland Scholarship, the Swan Estate sponsors educational scholarships through the Beaver Dam High School Scholarship Committee and the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation.

For additional information about the Mary Swan Scholarship, the application for admission and information about applying for financial aid, please contact the Wayland Admission Office at (920) 356-2120 ext. 241 or email admission@wayland.org.