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Celebrating the Class of 2014: Bridget Swope

Busy student bound for dental school has impressive list of achievements, activities

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014


Bridget Swope, 22, of Valparaiso, graduates this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

While most other students might be looking forward to taking a breath and slowing down a bit as they bask in their accomplishments and reflect on their journeys to graduation, Bridget has no such plans.

In fact, she is such an involved student, she jokes that she will likely suffer from “withdrawal.” To cope, she laughs that she has to wean herself off of Indiana University Northwest before heading off to her first class at IU School of Dentistry on July 16.

As such, Bridget will spend the first summer session as a Supplemental Instructor, continuing her campus job that led her to friends, opportunities and an overall enriching educational experience.

Bridget is a big believer in taking full advantage of every opportunity available to enhance her education, such as student organizations. She has served as the secretary of the Biology Club, the secretary of the Student Ambassadors, and she was an active member of Student Alumni Association and Pre-Professional Studies Club.

Bridget leaves IU Northwest with an impressive set of accomplishments. She has been a frequent name on the Chancellor’s List, and she was honored extensively at the recent College of Arts and Science Honors Tea, including recognition as the outstanding biology student. She earned an award from the modern languages department and was named to the Omega Phi Kappa honor society.

Bridget earned four scholarships while at IU Northwest, a special academic scholarship, as well as the Robert J. Wolf Scholarship, the Gladys Harris Scholarship, and the Josephine A. Byron Scholarship. 

“These scholarships meant everything to me, as the Special Academic Scholarship allowed me to not have to take out student loans for my education. The other scholarships allowed me to pay for my book and lab fees without having to burden my parents with helping me out further besides living expenses,” Bridget said.

“The Robert J. Wolf Scholarship and Gladys Harris Scholarship were extremely generous and allowed me to save the refund for the expenses of applying to dental school. The Josephine A. Bryon scholarship was really touching because I had not received an additional scholarship that year and was making payment plans to the bursar office when I received it on my birthday, so it was a present all on its own.”

About the Class of 2014: Indiana University Northwest will confer 729 degrees at the 48th Annual Commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014. The Class of 2014 will collectively receive 108 associate’s degrees, 511 bachelor’s degrees and 110 master’s degrees. More than two-thirds of this year’s graduating class are women; 40 percent are underrepresented students; close to half are first-generation college graduates; the great majority are aged 30 or older; and nearly 90 percent worked while earning their degree.

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