Portrait of Nicholas Goodwin and Jean Swartz
Nicholas Goodwin, right, met Jean Swartz, left, on April 24, 2017. Mrs. Swartz and her late husband have endowed a number of scholarships over the years.

 

It was a benefactor who provided the money for my scholarship, and now I am in a position to be the benefactor.” – the late J. Herman Swartz

A couple’s extraordinary gifts have helped many college students in the Inland Northwest over the years, including Nicholas Goodwin. A student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing, Goodwin is the Fall 2017 recipient of the J. Herman and Jean Swartz Graduate Fellowship in Nursing. He hopes to finish his studies in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program and open his own practice. Goodwin had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Swartz on Monday.

Jean Swartz established the scholarship for graduate nursing studies in 2002, some eight years after her husband’s death at the age of 80. Herman Swartz had struggled to pay for his undergraduate education at then-Washington State College in Pullman. He waited tables, played in a dance band, tended lab animals and drew blood for 40 cents an hour – yet he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology in 1938. A scholarship helped him attend graduate school full time, and he received his master’s degree from WSC in 1939. He went on to serve in the Army during World War II, taught at the Ohio Institute of Medical Technology and at Pacific University, and owned small businesses in Spokane.

Herman Swartz never forgot the gift of that scholarship and what it meant for him. “I want to give other students the opportunity to go to college and have the advantage of higher education,” he said at one time. Besides the Graduate Fellowship in Nursing, the Swartz’s also established scholarships at Washington State University and Eastern Washington University.

The WSU College of Nursing will hold its annual Scholarship and Donor Dinner on April 28 to thank the generous benefactors who gave a total of nearly $457,000 this academic year. For information on how you can leave a legacy and make a difference, visit http://bit.ly/2pZ8SLb