Scranton, PA – The Scranton Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 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 $2,698,000 since 2008, benefiting over 200 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 15, 2019. Applicants must apply online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/
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.
The Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in Lackawanna County through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $40 million and more than 180 total charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships during 2018. Additional information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at www.safdn.org.