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#PhilanthropyFriday: Awarding a 65th Anniversary Mini-Grant and Sharing the Impact of Scholarship Funds

It’s time to share with you another one of the many inspiring stories we received this year and announce our fifth 65th Anniversary Mini-Grant

This story comes from a grateful scholarship recipient, who shares that her accomplishments to date would not have been possible without the support from generous donors of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

Stephanie Tilberry is a student currently enrolled in the MD program at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine who has been directly impacted by the ongoing and generous support from scholarship funds managed by the Scranton Area Community Foundation. We are thrilled she chose to share her story with us.


Photo: Stephanie Tilberry, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 James F. Swift scholarship recipient and 2018 Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation scholar. 

Ms. Tilberry, a 2012 graduate of Riverside Jr./Sr. High School, is a recipient of the prestigious James F. Swift Scholarship, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which annually provides 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.

She is a 2016 graduate of Colgate University and has also earned a master of biomedical sciences (MBS) from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in 2017. After demonstrating academic excellence and a desire to serve the communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania, in 2018 she was also named a Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation scholar, receiving a scholarship from the NEPA Health Care Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which reduces the tuition burden while attending the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD program. She just completed her first year of the MD program and is participating in summer research at the Geisinger Autism and Developmental Medicine clinic in Forty Fort. Her goal is to become a doctor because she enjoys problem-solving and also has a strong desire to serve her community.

“The scholarships I received from the Scranton Area Community Foundation have changed my life,” she says. “I am so grateful to everyone at the Scranton Area Community Foundation who have believed in me and encouraged me throughout every step of my academic journey. Everything I have accomplished and everything I hope to accomplish would not have been possible without the overwhelming support from generous donors of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. I feel incredibly humbled and motivated to continue working hard and honor the support I have received,” says Tilberry.

We want to thank Stephanie Tilberry for allowing us to share her story and her experiences as a scholarship recipient. In honor of our sapphire anniversary and to celebrate the loyalty of our donors and the prosperity that their generosity makes possible, we are awarding mini-grants all year in honor of those who share their story with us. Ms. Tilberry has chosen to support the Children’s Advocacy Center through this $650 mini-grant opportunity.

We would like to recognize that our work at the Foundation would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of our many charitable donors.


If you would like to SHARE YOUR STORY with us, we’d love to hear it! Simply fill out our form online.

Up to $10,000 will be awarded in 2019 through the 65th-anniversary mini-grants opportunity, funded by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.


To learn more about how you can establish a Scholarship Fund with the Scranton Area Community Foundation, contact us at 570-347-6203.