Gift Will Encourage Californians
To Attend Hope College

Posted September 9, 1997

          HOLLAND -- Marian Swortzel's fond memories of Holland and Hope College from youthful visits to the family's cottage at Macatawa Park led her to provide support in her will to enable students from her California community o attend the college.
          Swortzel, who died on April 26 in her 80s, has
  designated that $100,000 per year for 30 years be set aside
  from her estate to cover the cost of a Hope education for
  students who are Madera County, Calif., residents and attend
  either Sierra or Yosemite high school.  She was a resident
  of Bass Lake in the county, which lies north of Fresno in
  central California, in the foothills of Yosemite National
          "Her connection to Holland and Hope was that she
  had fond memories of Hope people from her visits to the
  family cottage in Macatawa Park when she was young," said
  Scott Wolterink, regional advancement director at Hope.
  "She felt that students from her community would receive an
  outstanding education if they attended the college, and
  wanted to provide support that would help them to do so."
          Swortzel's yearly support is intended to cover all
  expenses--tuition, room and board, textbooks, travel and
  other costs--for several students from the two schools who
  wish to attend Hope.  If no students from the Sierra or
  Yosemite high schools wish to apply or are eligible,
  students from elsewhere in California may be considered for
  the awards.  In their absence, other students could become
          Her gift will provide support for students at Hope
  beginning in the fall of 1998.
          Swortzel was a graduate of the University of
  Michigan, to which she made a similar 30-year bequest.  She
  also made $25,000 bequests to seven other organizations,
  including scholarship foundations at the Sierra and Yosemite
  high schools.
          She was born Marian Vaughn in South Bend, Ind., in
  1909.  Her grandfather, Edmund C. Westervelt, invented
  square-bottomed grocery bags and founded mills to supply
  paper for the bags.  She and her first husband, Mervyn
  Williams, moved to California--first to San Jose--from
  Hawaii in 1940.  She was preceded in death by both her first
  husband and her second, William Swortzel.
          Wolterink described Swortzel's gift vehicle as a
  "lead trust."  Her donations to both Hope and the University
  of Michigan will be in the form of interest earned on a
  principal of $3.5 million.  After the 30 years have elapsed,
  her descendants will receive the remaining funds.

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