The summer after graduating from high school in Bozeman, Kelsey Swingle planned on starting college in Washington—until the day she learned she had been chosen as a Horatio Alger Scholar.
“That letter was significant,” says Swingle. “Once I received the scholarship, my entire direction for college and my experience changed. I found myself at the University of Montana, and at a place where I could develop my passion and my career.”
Each year, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation supports fifty Horatio Alger scholarships for students attending UM, Montana State University, or one of their affiliate schools. The scholarship is matched by the respective university for a total of $10,000 awarded during the course of the student’s undergraduate career.
Swingle graduated from UM in May with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and, with a combination of other scholarships, her undergraduate degree was fully paid for. Swingle’s dedication to achievement didn’t go unnoticed, and she received the Mortar Board General Psychology Outstanding Senior of the Year Award.
Emerging without debt from tuition allowed Swingle to take the next step on her journey as she works toward the ultimate goal of becoming a counselor for families and young people in need. This fall she begins her graduate study at UM in clinical mental health counseling.
“During a difficult time in my life, counseling really made a profound impact on me,” Swingle says. “I know how beneficial it can be, and I want to become that kind of resource for someone.”
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