University of Wisconsin-Superior students, staff and faculty gathered April 23 for a dinner celebration to recognize Swenson Scholarship recipients and pay tribute to Jim and Sue Swenson of the Swenson Family Foundation.

Through the Swenson's generosity, eight incoming students with outstanding academic merit majoring in biology or chemistry are selected annually to receive scholarships for full-tuition and fees plus a stipend for books. Over the years, more than 864 Swenson Scholarships have been awarded, totaling nearly $6 million. Currently, there are 36 Swenson Scholars at UW-Superior.

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"UW-Superior is so very grateful to Jim and Sue, through the Swenson Family Foundation, for their generosity and friendship. Swenson Family Scholarships, just one of many initiatives they fund at the university, allow us to recruit and retain high-quality students - students who otherwise might not be able to afford a college education," stated Chancellor Renée Wachter. "It is the gift that lasts forever. Over the years, Swenson Scholars have gone on to do amazing things. I know that the lasting impact means a great deal to Jim and Sue. The role they play in helping to shape the lives of so many deserving students is second to none."

Jim and Sue (Locken) were born and raised in Superior. Sue graduated in 1960 with an elementary education degree and Jim attended UWS, transferred to the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated with a chemistry degree in 1959. Their family connections to the Superior campus have spanned nearly 100 years. Since 1918, more than 20 family members have attended the university.

"I'm not sure who enjoys the scholarship dinner more, Jim and Sue or our Swenson Scholars," said Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor for university advancement. "To see our students interacting with Jim and Sue - showing their appreciation, sharing their personal stories and career goals - it's all so inspiring."