Sweere Family Scholarship Fund: Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Biomechanics or Applied Ergonomics

Sweere Family Scholarship Fund

The Northwestern Health Sciences University Sweere Family Scholarship Fund represents an endowment gift provided through the generosity of Harry and Janice Sweere in the sum of $1,000,000.

Harry and Janice Sweere (brother and sister-in-law of retired professor, Joseph Sweere, DC)  founded Ergotron, Inc., an internationally recognized company that designs and markets ergonomic computer mounting solutions. As part of their generous contribution, the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Biomechanics or Applied Ergonomics has been established.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Biomechanics or Applied Ergonomics

This award is available to all licensed doctors of chiropractic. The award is based on your interest and willingness to pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) and/or Ph.D. studies in human biomechanics or applied ergonomics and related research through a pre-approved program at a highly regarded university.

Award recipients are selected by Dr. Joseph Sweere and the NWHSU Scholarship Committee.

Awards available

  • $10,000 for the first year
  • A first year recipient may apply for second $10,000 scholarship toward continued advanced degree studies
  • The maximum amount awarded to any one recipient is $20,000

Eligibility requirements

All applicants must:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences
  • Possess a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited institution
  • Exhibit high academic achievement (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above)

Application procedure

All materials must be well-organized, concise and written clearly.

1. Complete an Online Scholarship Application or a Print Application‌, including:

  • Academic Achievements and Research Interest. Provide information on past academic achievements and demonstrated interest in a lifetime of clinical research.
  • Written Essay. Write an essay (300-500 words) relating to clinical biomechanics or applied ergonomics and structure/function considerations in health and disease.
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation. Submit one (1) letter of recommendation describing in specific terms the quality of the your academic work. The letter must be submitted by email to ksamstad@nwhealth.edu.

NOTE: Previous training or credentials in biomechanical, mechanical or structural engineering may be given preference. Interviews will be required for selected candidates.

If you have questions, contact:

Karen Samstad, Director of Financial Aid