The Swink family of Maryville is Northwest Missouri State University’s 2022 Family of the Year! Each Year recognition is bestowed upon one lucky NWMSU Family during the University’s Family Weekend festivities. The family who best represents the “Bearcat family” and demonstrates a strong commitment to the University is chosen.
“I wasn’t really expecting to get it, but it’s cool that we did,” said Henry Swink, a sophomore international business major who nominated his family for the honor.
Sponsored by Campus Dining, the recognition comes with a $750 scholarship and other prizes, including an introduction during halftime of the Family Weekend football game.
With eight members of their family having a connection to Northwest, this year was not the first time the Swinks tried for the recognition. But – much like the Northwest crowd that waited through Saturday’s 90-minute rain delay to see a Bearcat football victory – the Swinks said it was worth the wait.
“This has been a dream for so many years,” Brian Swink, Henry’s father and a senior instructor of mathematics and statistics, said as he recalled visiting Northwest and attending Bearcat football games with his older brother, Doug, during the early 1990s. “We bleed green. There’s no other way to say it. We’re just connected all the way.”
The Family of the Year is selected from submitted applications and announced during Family Weekend activities at the University. Student recipients shall maintain a 3.00 GPA, be involved in at least one student organization at Northwest and a second organization in the community, and demonstrate a family legacy through generations of involvement with Northwest.