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May 2017’s Focus on a Fund: The Constance M. and Joseph A. Brocavich Memorial Scholarship Fund

For the May installment of the monthly Focus on a Fund series, the Scranton Area Community Foundation is delighted to tell you the story behind the Constance M. and Joseph A. Brocavich Memorial Scholarship Fund. This memorial scholarship fund was established by the children of Constance and Joseph in 2015 from their parents’ estate, in order to create a legacy for their parents that will live forever.

During their lives, two subjects were of the utmost importance to Constance and Joseph Brocavich: supporting the Boys and Girls Scouts of America and providing their children with a Catholic education. For decades, both served as volunteers for their local scouting troops and encouraged their children to participate in scouts for as long as they could. Both parents also worked hard and made personal sacrifices to make sure they had the tuition to pay for their children to attend a Catholic high school. While growing up, the children saw the hours they spent working and the sacrifices their parents made to provide them with a Catholic education, and yet, still find the time to volunteer with scouts. After their mother, Constance, passed in 2014, it was important to their children to do something that would honor their parents’ legacy and, perhaps, help other families that were similar to their own.

To accomplish this goal, the children established the Constance M. and Joseph A. Brocavich Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. This memorial scholarship fund provides an 8th grade student from Lackawanna County, who is participating in scouts, with a scholarship to attend a Catholic high school. If the selected recipient remains active in scouting throughout high school and succeeds academically, the scholarship can be renewed every year. In selecting the recipient, the financial needs of the student applicants are taken into account. It is the hope that the Brocavich legacy created through this memorial scholarship fund will allow families with similar aspirations for their children achieve their goals, with less of a financial struggle.

For more information about how you can create a legacy that will honor the memory of a loved one or continue to provide for the causes that are important to you for generations to come, please contact Rachel Drazdowski, Esq., Director of Philanthropy at the Scranton Area Community Foundation at racheld@safdn.org or by calling (570) 347-6203 ext. 302. For more information about protecting your loved ones and providing for your legacy, please visit the Foundation’s new planned giving website at www.safplans.org.