Swank to receive Deetz Broadcasting Scholarship

Bradley Swank headshot

February 06, 2018

VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University Foundation is pleased to announce Bradley Swank, Elkhart, is the recipient of the 2017-18 Brad Deetz Broadcasting Scholarship at Vincennes University. Swank, the son of Lee and Kelly Swank, is a 2017 graduate of Northridge High School.

Swank is a full-time student pursuing an associate degree in broadcasting at Vincennes University. He was recommended for the scholarship based on references indicating his demonstration of great earnestness for a career in today’s media world.

The scholarship, designed to make a difference in the life of a student, supports Deetz’s philosophy, “It’s what you do between the songs that makes a difference.”

The life of Brad Deetz was tragically ended in a motorcycle-truck accident on May 7, 2014. Deetz was a dedicated broadcaster, family man, and civic steward, and he believed that one voice could make a difference. He is survived by his wife Kristi (VU ’89) and their children, Kenneth and Elizabeth.

“Brad was a great guy who always strove to make a positive contribution in the lives of others. It's an honor to be involved in recognizing him through this scholarship for broadcasting,” said VU Foundation President, Bumper Hostetler.


In advancing the University’s missions of higher education and community service, the VU Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, administers endorsements and contributions established by corporate and individual gifts as designated. During the 2017-18 school year, the Foundation will award in excess of $1.6 million dollars in scholarships. More information is available at or by calling 812-888-4510.


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