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Family of Louise Swanson Establishes Scholarship at Sandburg in Her Honor

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Feb. 20, 2017
GALESBURG — The family of Carl Sandburg College alumna Louise Swanson has established a nursing scholarship in her honor through the Sandburg Foundation. The Louise Swanson Nursing Scholarship is now open for application and will be awarded annually.

This scholarship will assist nontraditional parents working their way through Sandburg’s associate degree nursing (RN) program. Swanson’s family chose to honor her dedication to higher education and passion for the nursing profession through this unique gift, which was presented to her on Christmas Eve. Swanson, who began her career as an EMT and paramedic before becoming a trauma nurse specialist, was shocked and moved by the actions of her loved ones.

“This is a way I can give back while helping someone complete his or her nursing degree,” said Swanson, a 1990 graduate of Sandburg’s RN program. “I love being a nurse.”

Apply for this and other scholarships through the Sandburg Foundation for the 2017-18 academic year by March 15. If you’ve already applied to Sandburg, log in to mySandburg, go to “Student Apps” and click on the “Scholarship Application” button. If you have yet to apply to the College, visit or contact the Sandburg Welcome Center at 309.345.3500 to begin the steps for submitting your application.

For more information about this scholarship or other giving opportunities through the Sandburg Foundation, contact Stephanie Hilten, director of advancement, at 309.341.5349 or