Donna Swaim, a revered teacher and mentor whose 50-year University of Arizona career stretched broadly across campus, from humanities to medicine to athletics, and included trips to dozens of countries for student study abroad, passed away in 2020.
From 1964 until her retirement in 2014, Swaim taught courses in English, humanities and medical humanities, and religious studies, served as a Faculty Fellow in the athletics department and Native American Student Affairs, and led students on 24 study abroad trips.
Grateful colleagues and former students have generously supported an endowment in her name, for student travel.
In honor of her life-long service to the University and dedication to her students, the UA Foundation created the Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies, a scholarship that enables academically-prepared Religious Studies majors to study the religions of the world in the context of their cultures.
To donate to the Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies, please click here.