Wayland Academy announced Sarah Mohammed is the 10th recipient of the annual Swan Scholarship.

Mohammed said that her parents had always encouraged her to look at Wayland Academy for her high school years but it was not until after shadowing a family friend that she realized that was her passion.

“I fell in love with they place,” Mohammed said. “The layout is amazing and the atmosphere is spectacular. The people and the diversity — I just loved it.”

The Swan Scholarship is a renewable four-year full scholarship for a resident of Beaver Dam Unified School District. It is named for Mary Swan, who was a generous patron of education in her hometown and her alma mater Wayland Academy.

“Her whole life was devoted to education,” said Wayland trustee John B. McKinstry, a lifelong friend of Swan.

Swan was a 1925 graduate of Wayland and taught English at the academy from 1956 to 1969. In addition to the Swan Wayland Scholarship, Swan established educational scholarships through the Beaver Dam High School Scholarship Committee and the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation.

“After a decade of interviewing the finalist for the Mary Swan Scholarship the exceptional quality of the interviewees has never wavered, McKinstry said. “Sarah Mohammed continues that tradition. The Wayland community looks forward to welcoming Sarah to campus.”

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