Jordan Swearngin

A Missouri Western State University student will be remembered through a scholarship established in her memory by Cabana Ice Cream in St. Joseph. The first Jordan Swearngin Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Blair Griffin.

Jordan Swearngin, a senior physical education major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on Sept. 6, 2015 at the age of 22. During Missouri Western’s commencement ceremony in May, her parents Nick and Jennie Swearngin accepted a posthumous bachelor’s degree on her behalf.

Jordan was a valued employee of Cabana. Owner Scott Burns created the scholarship in her memory to help other students pursue their goals with the same passion as Jordan.

To receive the scholarship, full-time students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Preference is given to current employees of Cabana. If no current employees qualify, preference is given to students with a declared or intended major in physical education with an emphasis in health and exercise science.

Blair Griffin, a junior nursing major from St. Joseph, worked with Jordan at Cabana and is honored to receive a scholarship created in her friend’s honor.

Jordan’s family is hoping to create a permanent endowed scholarship fund. Family and friends who would like to contribute to the scholarship fund can send donations to the Missouri Western State University Foundation; 4525 Downs Drive; St. Joseph, Missouri 64507. Please specify that your gift is intended for the Jordan Swearngin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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