Now Accepting Applications for 2020 James F. Swift Scholarship
SCRANTON AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PRESTIGIOUS 2020 JAMES F. SWIFT SCHOLARSHIP
Scranton, PA – The Scranton Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020 James F. Swift Scholarship, which provides local high school seniors graduating from a Lackawanna County high school $4,000 per year for each recipient for up to four years to assist with continuing education expenses. Twenty area students will be selected for this prestigious scholarship through the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
Created in 2002 through a gift by Mr. James F. Swift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund has awarded over $2,982,000 since 2008, benefiting over 220 local students to date. Following Mr. Swift’s death in 2006, the Scranton Area Community Foundation gratefully received an unanticipated and significant gift from his estate to the scholarship fund which has allowed a great number of students from Lackawanna County the opportunity to pursue their academic and professional goals through higher education.
The scholarship aims to provide an ongoing stream of matriculation at Lackawanna County colleges and universities. It is the goal of the Scranton Area Community Foundation to award 75% of the scholarships to students who plan to attend institutions of higher learning in the Lackawanna County region.
Scranton Area Community Foundation President & CEO Laura Ducceschi praised the generosity of James Swift, noting “he has left a permanent and enduring legacy for the young people of our region. His scholarship fund makes higher education more attainable for generations of students.”
The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, James F. Swift Scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.
Applications for the James F. Swift Scholarship will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 16, 2020. Applicants must apply online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/james-swift/.
For more information on the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.
Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in Northeastern Pennsylvania through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $40 million and more than 200 charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019. Additionally, through its foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation manages assets of more than $31 million and distributed an additional $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019 through assets under management. The Scranton Area Community Foundation leads various initiatives including Women in Philanthropy, the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, NEPA Moves, and the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative. More information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at www.safdn.org.
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