The donors, Alexander and Elizabeth A. Swantz, both attended Washington State College. Alex graduated in 1941 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Beth studied Home Economics. They married just before Alex’s graduation. Alex spent most of his professional career as an agricultural economist and administrator with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. He held assignments in Spokane and Denver. He retired as the Associate Administrator of the Commodity Exchange Authority, the Federal agency responsible for regulating commodity exchanges and futures trading. After their children were grown, Beth became a real estate sales agent. Moving to Asotin, Washington in 1981, they became active members in community affairs. While in high school, Alex was the FFA state president and state public speaking champion. He was also chosen the outstanding FFA farmer in the state of Washington.
This fund shall be used to support an annual scholarship to be awarded to a College of Agriculture and Home Economics student who has held office in the Washington State Future Farmers of America.