Kent Swanson, Jr. Biology Scholarship
Watch a tribute to Kent Swanson, Jr.
Kent Philip Swanson Jr., a 1995 graduate of Lewis & Clark, died in a helicopter crash in 1997. In his memory, Kent’s family established a scholarship to celebrate their son’s exuberance and enthusiasm for the Biological Sciences, the arts, the out-of doors, and life in general. The scholarship is intended to benefit students majoring in Biology who have demonstrated similar goals and personal qualities to those of Kent and is awarded annually to a student completing their sophomore year. The scholarship award spans a two year period, covering the student’s junior and senior years at Lewis and Clark. A similar scholarship is also awarded through the Art Department.
Kent Swanson Jr. enrolled at Lewis and Clark in the fall of 1990. He had a true love of, and curiosity about, biology, and enjoyed asking questions and seeking answers to difficult scientific problems. He also had a passion and sincere concern for the environment, loved nature, and spent as much time out-of-doors as possible. He was an avid mountain climber, backpacker, cross-country skier, and served as a volunteer for Portland Mountain Rescue. While his biological interests were varied, he particularly enjoyed courses in Ecology and Field Biology. In addition, Kent loved to express his artistic talents and developed considerable skills as a ceramist. He enjoyed incorporating various aspects of biology into his pottery. After graduating from the college with a degree in biology, Kent subsequently worked as a mountain climbing guide in the North Cascades and a ski patrolmen at Mammoth Lakes in California. While participating in an avalanche training program sponsored by the Canadian Avalanche Association in January of 1997, Kent met with a tragic and untimely death as a result of a helicopter crash.
The scholarship to honor Kent Jr’s memory is the first such scholarship for a Biology Major in the history of the college. In keeping with the family’s wishes, selection is based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated financial need.
- Junior or senior standing during the period of the award.
- Declared Biology Major.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Interests in the out-of-doors.
- Concern for the environment.
- Some interests in the arts (not restricted to ceramics).
Each spring the department solicits applications from eligible students and the award is announced at Honor’s Convocation.
Swanson Biology Scholarship Awardees
2022: Deanna Sunnergren
2021: Gwen Williamson
2020: Bryce Gaudern
2019: Sam Helms-Galbraith & Makayla Simmer
2018: Ada Barbee
2017: Seren Villwock
2016: Madeline Tracey
2015: Ina Waring-Enriquez
2014: Demi Glidden & Robin Gropp
2013: Alex Young
2012: Makena McCluskey
2011: Julia Huggins & Sarah Parker
2010: Kaylie Grey
2009: Katherine Dahlhausen
2008: Danielle Fagre
2007: Ananda Ellis
2006: Marcela Kokes
2005: Lindsay Ann Hansen (nee Rogers)
2005: Amber Wiesenfeld
2004: K. Lauren Senkyr
2003: Brendan Buzzard
2002: Paul Trusty
2001: Meredith Haamen DeMaria
2001: Dan DeSloover
1999: Jule Schultz
1998: Megan Kohl
1997: John (Alex) Viktora