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Swain Scholars Program

What is the Swain Scholars Program?

Link to meet the Swain Scholars‌Students selected to be Swain Scholars work with Coastal Carolina University faculty and community agencies to research health-related issues and implement community health programs. Swain Scholars receive scholarships up to $5,000 per year based upon academic and financial criteria, for a total of four semesters. Each year students are selected through a competitive process that includes a faculty committee interview. This unique scholarship program is made possible by a generous donation from retired Myrtle Beach pharmacist Kenneth E. Swain.

  • Application deadline for the 2019-2020
    academic year:
    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
  • Sharon Thompson, Ed.D., Ed.S.
    Professor of Public Health
    Swain Hall 147
Who is eligible to apply for the Swain Scholars Program?

Students interested in becoming a Swain Scholar must:

  1. Be a sophomore with three completed semesters at Coastal Carolina University and be majoring in:
      • Biochemistry
      • Biology
      • Chemistry

      • Exercise and Sport Science
      • Sociology
      • Public Health
  2. Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Submit an application that includes:
      • A brief resume
      • An academic transcript
      • A recommendation letter from a faculty member familiar with your course work
      • A personal statement to include: your interest in community health efforts, previous involvement with community health, future plans in the health science/prevention/advocacy area, and why you should be chosen as a Swain Scholar
Once chosen as a Swain Scholar, what are the requirements?

Swain Scholars will be working to improve the health of our community; therefore, will enroll in a total of six course credits (Junior and Senior years: 1 credit each Fall and 2 credits each Spring – SWNS 301, 302, 401 and 402) to plan health outreach programs, conduct health science research and become involved in the community through implementation of these programs. To maintain status as a Swain Scholar, all students must earn a "B" average or higher in SWNS 301, 302, 401 and 402 and maintain an overall GPA of 3.25.

Where do I submit my application and when is the deadline?

Please contact Sharon Thompson in Swain Hall 147, via email or 843-349-2635. The application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.