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Swain Scholars

2016-17 Swain Scholars: (l-r) Sydney Brown, majoring in exercise and sport science; Emma Kroger, majoring in exercise and sport science; Ashley Lynch, majoring in biology; Nancy Phillips, majoring in biology; and Kerry Dittmeier, majoring in public health
  • Kenneth SwainRetired Myrtle Beach pharmacist, realtor and environmentalist Kenneth E. Swain made a substantial gift to CCU that established the Swain Scholars Program.
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2016-2017 Swain Scholars

Sydney Brown

Major: Exercise and sport science, marketing minor
Hometown: Philadelphia
Parents: Scott and Betty Ann Brown

Sydney Brown hopes to work in the area of pharmaceutical sales. At CCU she has been involved in community service in many diverse areas including Relay for Life, American Heart Association, Athletes Helping Athletes and Special Olympics.

I am honored to be a part of such an amazing program where I have the opportunity to improve the health of those in our community. It is very rewarding to conduct research and plan outreach programs to make a difference in our community.”

Emma Kroger

Major: Exercise and sport science
Hometown: Germantown, Ohio
Parents: Patrick and Barbara Kroger

Emma Kroger plans for a career in occupational therapy. She is a member of the CCU women’s track and field team and competes in the pole vault. She is a peer mentor for undeclared freshmen through the University 110 First-Year Experience and is also a member of the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee.

Ashley Lynch

Major: Biology, Spanish minor
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Parents: Jennifer and Adam Lynch

Ashley Lynch hopes to become a physician’s assistant. She is in the University Honors Program and has been actively involved on campus as a previous member of the women’s soccer team and secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Nancy Phillips

Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Chapin, S.C.
Parents: William and Gail Phillips

Nancy Phillips is currently deciding between two different medical careers: an internal medicine doctor with a sub-specialty in infectious disease or an oncologist. At CCU she has had volunteered in a vast array of public health projects including Alabama Salkehatchie, New Orleans Katrina relief, Haiti Children’s project and The Soup Cellar.

Kerry Dittmeier

Major: Public health
Parents: Dan and Mary Dittmeier

Kerry Dittmeier to complete a master’s degree in public health and a medical degree so she may work with Doctor's Without Borders or in third world countries assisting in community development and direct patient treatment. She has lived on military bases and moved extensively throughout her childhood, including countries such as Korea, Portugal, England, Italy and Japan. She works as a medical scribe for the Grand Strand Medical Center Emergency Department and is an eco-rep leader at CCU.

The application deadline to become a 2018-2019 Swain Scholar is Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

Sharon Thompson, Ed.D, Ed.S.
Professor of Public Health
Swain Hall 147