Diana Swillinger, of West Bend is the winner of UW-Washington County’s Express Scholarship Contest. Dr. Alan Paul Price, Dean and CEO of the campus made the presentation to Swillinger on Tuesday, August 26 during a back to school workshop for faculty and staff as they prepare for the start of classes next week.
The contest, funded by the Washington County Campus Foundation, was open to anyone ages 22 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED, who had not attended UW-WC in the last two years and desired a college degree. Contestants had to write a 250 word essay explaining how the makeover would positively impact their lives.
Swillinger currently works as program director/executive assistant for Roots & Branches (formerly West Bend Beautification Committee). As a non-profit employee, she works for a “very small salary and paying for the classes she needs is a financial burden.” She is hopeful that the scholarship will be the jump start she needs to finish her goal of an Associate degree. An active member of the community, Swillinger is also busy helping with this fall’s United Way annual campaign. Her years of volunteering has “ignited a fire in me to pursue opportunities that allow me to more greatly impact our community in positive, life-changing ways.” She also believes the opportunity allows her to be an “even greater example to my children, modelling investment in people and the community.” Mother of four, Diana and her husband Dan live in West Bend.
Swillinger will receive $1,000 in college tuition, along with orientation and placement fees. Two contest finalists will receive a gift item from the campus and they include: Craig Bintz (West Bend), and Joandra Kristl-Jakubowski (Menomonee Falls).