"How grateful I remain for the Swope loan at just the right time during my graduate career at UW, and that it was one of many factors that enabled me to complete my degree so that I could go into the practice."
Christie Hanzlik, Ph.D, C.S.
The H. Gladys Swope Loan Program is a program sponsored by the Student Center Foundation that offers student loans to any active and earnest student of Christian Science attending a college in the University of Wisconsin (UW) network. Students in need of funding may apply for a loan of up to $5,000 per year, with a maximum of $25,000 outstanding. Loans are issued with an interest rate of 3.4%, which starts to accrue after graduation.
Students interesting in applying for a loan should download the application and mail it to the Student Center Foundation (address contained therein). Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
Download Swope Application (32KB Adobe Acrobat Document)
Professor H. Gladys Swope was a lifelong Christian Scientist, a world-renowned chemist, and a pioneer in the effort to maintain water and air quality. SHe was actively interested in the education of Christian Scientists and served for many years on the Board of the Student Center Foundation, a Foundation which supports the UW-Madison Christian Science Organization and all Wisconsin CSOs and currently manages the Concord Residential Community on the UW Madison campus (formerly known as Asher-Madison).
She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1925 and pursued advanced studies there and at the University of Pittsburgh. She worked as a chemist for the Chicago Sanitary District and Nalco Chemical Company, Chicago; as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansa at Lawrence; as a Fellow at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, University of Pittsburgh; and as Senior Chemist and Group Leader of Chemical Engineering at Argonne National Laboratories in Illinois.
In 1963 she came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor of Water Chemistry in the Civil Engineering Department. She was also associated with the Great Lakes Research Facility at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From 1956 until 1987, she was a consultant on waste management and pollution control, primarily for paper mills and nuclear facilities.
Her significant contributions to air and water research and resulting practical applications won her international recognition and articles in American Men of Science (now American Men and Women of Science), Who's Who of American Women, and Who Knows What. She published many scientific papers on air and water pollution, as well as a chapter on the removal of radioactivity by ion exchange in the reference book, Ion Exchange Technology, published by Academic Press.
Hers was a life of exceptional dedication and achievement, of leadership and service. Her interest in education is evidenced by her generous bequest establishing the H. Gladys Swop Educational Assistance Fund. It is hoped that her life will be an inspiration for those who will be touched by her generosity.