USMC CPL Curtis M Swenson was killed April 2, 2010 in Helmand Province Afghanistan.  Born in Rochester, he graduated from Mayo High School in 2007 and joined the Marine Corps in June 2007.  Curtis served with Weapons Co, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, HI.  Deployed to Iraq from August 2008-March 2009 and Afghanistan from November 2009-April 2010 where he was killed by a road side bomb while serving as a gunner of a vehicle assisting another in distress.  Coming from a long line of Marines and service members, Curtis was eager to serve his country.  He was quick witted, strong minded and a loyal friend.  He was looking forward to college after finishing his enlistment.  This Scholarship is offered by Curtis’ family under the CPL Curtis M Swenson Memorial Fund.

Filing Deadline: ​April 2nd, 2019

Five $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students within the counties of Olmsted, Wabasha, Goodhue, Dodge, Mower, Fillmore, Winona and Houston.  This is a one time award per individual.

Requirements: Must be a current senior or former student within the counties stated, planning on or attending a two or four year undergraduate school, trade or vocational school.

-Applicants must write a 1-2 page paper on their family’s military history focusing on how it has impacted their life.

-Please complete the application below and return with your essay by April 2, 2019 to:

         Dave and Kay Swenson, 4520 58th Ln NW, Rochester, MN  55901

Selections will be completed by May 1, and recipients will be notified by phone.  A check in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to the recipient after:

         Current Senior: must submit formal transcript of first college semester to above address to receive scholarship. 

         Former graduate: must submit formal transcript of recently completed college semester to above address to receive scholarship. 

CPL Curtis M Swenson Memorial Scholarship

CPL Curtis M. Swenson Memorial Fund 

Previous Scholarship Recipients


​Emily - Mayo


Aaron - Mayo

Andrew - Mayo


​Michelle - Mayo

Spencer - Mayo


Emma - Mayo

​Miranda - John Marshall

​Hunter - Century


Georgiann - Mayo

Trevor - John Marshall

​Ben - Century


Kaitlin - Mayo

Jesse - John Marshall

James - Century

​Mariah - Stewartville

​Luke - St. Charles


Gabe - Mayo

​Cailin - Century

​Calob - LaCrescent

​Andrina - Kasson-Mantorville

​Marisa - Kasson-Mantorville

Mackenzie - Homeschool (Goodhue)


Max - Mayo

​Shaele - Century

​Caleb - JM

Elizabeth - Stewartville

Kaitlyn - Spring Grove​

​Tyler - Wabasha-Kellogg

Mackenzie - Grand Meadow