Jack W. Swanson Scholarship

PubWest is very excited to announce that Independent Publishers Group (IPG) will match the next $5,000 goal for the Jack W. Swanson scholarship.We reached the $5,000 goal at PubWest 2018 and will now aim to raise another $5,000 for a total of $20,000.

It isn’t too early to think about the 2019 scholarship winners and we need your help! Think about your employees and colleagues that would benefit from this experience and don’t forget to donate (any amount welcome!) to our GoFundMe “Next Generation Campaign” with its new goal of $20,000!

2018 Jack. W. Swanson winners are Alyssa McDougle and Katelin Ross.

Alyssa McDougle completed her undergraduate degree in literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. At UCSC, she served as an editor for Matchbox Magazine and Red Wheelbarrow Anthology, two student publications. Her writing also appeared in Eyecandy Magazine. As a lifelong reader and writer, Alyssa is passionate about making contributions to the world of publishing, which she joined after graduation in 2016 as a client relation coordinator at Publishers Group West. At PGW, Alyssa has become familiar with the intricacies of online publication through assisting numerous clients. In her free time, she volunteers with the Prison Literature Project. She lives and writes in San Francisco.

Katelin Ross completed her undergraduate degree in English literature at Emporia State University, Kansas. At ESU, she served on the publishing staff of the Flint Hills Review magazine, a student driven, annual publication with a regional focus and national circulation. After graduating, she attended the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, class of 2013. She then went on to enjoy four years working for the Tattered Cover Book Store as a retail manager and event coordinator. Currently she holds an associate publicist position at Shambhala Publications, in Boulder, Colorado, where she strives to become the greatest advocate for her authors.

In 2013, the Jack W. Swanson scholarship was established to bring book publishing interns or first- or second-year publishing-house employees to a PubWest conference. To learn more about Jack W. Swanson, click here.

The scholarship is funded from the sale of rights from Rail Ventures and by private donations from PubWest members who wish to encourage the next generation of book publishers.

The scholarship covers full conference tuition, travel, lodging, conference intensives, and other optional events. Only one winner will be chosen for the Jack W. Swanson scholarship.

Other scholarships may be awarded, but recipients of other scholarships may need to cover their own travel, lodging, conference intensives, or other optional events.


To donate to the Jack W. Swanson Scholarship fund, visit https://www.gofundme.com/PubWestNextGeneration or contact Kent Watson, Executive Director at kent@pubwest.org.