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Swalm Scholarship Program
Brookhaven High School and Brookhaven Academy
       Scholarship Qualifications
1) 3.0+ GPA upon graduation from high school
2) Recipient must be an entering freshman
3) Recipient must pursue a technical degree
4) Financial need will be a consideration
       Scholarship Award
The award will be $20,000 for four years or $5,000 per year ($2,500 per semester). The scholar must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 at MSU to remain eligible for the continuation of funding. This award can be forfeited if the scholar changes to a non-technical major, falls below the 3.0 GPA or enrolls for less than 12 hours per semester at MSU.
      Scholarship Selection
To be considered for the Swalm Scholarship, a student must be admitted to MSU. The application for admission can be found on the web at A resume for scholarships must also be completed online at Lastly, an application for the Swalm Scholarship must be completed (this application can be found in your high school counselor’s office or on the Office of Admissions and Scholarships website). The priority date for scholarships, including the Swalm Scholarship Program is February 1.
Recipients will be determined by a review committee comprised of Brookhaven residents and a representative from Mississippi State University. Twenty (20) scholarships will be awarded to Brookhaven High graduates and five (5) will be awarded to Brookhaven Academy graduates.
      Please return application to:
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
P.O. Box 6334
Mississippi State, MS 39762
      The Benefactor Behind the Scholarship Program
Dave C. Swalm believed in giving back to his community and challenging others to invest in the futures of students in their own communities.
Through a $5 million commitment to his alma mater, the 1955 Mississippi State University chemical engineering graduate hoped to set an example for others while providing significant assistance for students from his hometown who are beginning their higher education. He established a scholarship fund for Brookhaven students choosing to major in a technical field at Mississippi State.
After having worked his way through MSU, he was hired by Dow Chemical following graduation. He subsequently held positions at Texas Butadiene and the Steuber Co. before investing his entire savings of $6,000 to found his own company in 1968. He sold Texas Olefins, the largest privately owned petrochemicals raw materials producer in the United States, for $500 million in 1996. His earlier contributions to Mississippi State are used to support scholarships, faculty development programs and laboratory equipment. A generous commitment from him made possible the 100,000-square-foot chemical engineering building in the school of chemical engineering that now bears his name. Mr. Swalm has made contributions to Mississippi State totaling more than $20 million. Through the Swalm Foundation he created in 1979, Swalm also has provided more than $30 million to support programs for early childhood education, victims of child abuse and survivors of domestic violence, among others.
Degree Programs that qualify for the Swalm Scholarship
  •   Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business Major
  • Building Construction Science
  • Architecture Major ( pre-Arch is ok)
  • Physics Major
  • Industrial Technology Major
  • Chemical Engineering Major (pre-English is ok)
  • Aerospace Engineering Major
  • Biological Engineering Major
  • Civil Engineering Major
  • Computer Science Major
  • Computer Engineering Major
  • Industrial Engineering Major
  • Mechanical Engineering Major
  • Forest Products Concentration
  • Medical Technology Major
  • Chemistry Major
  • Geographic Information Systems Concentration
  • Business Information Systems Major
  • Information Technology Services Major