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#PhilanthropyFriday: Announcing the 2019 James F. Swift Scholarship Recipients

Scranton, PA–Twenty students from thirteen different high schools in the area have been awarded a prestigious scholarship through the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which provides $4,000 per year for each recipient for up to four years to assist with continuing education expenses.


Front row (left to right): Cathy Fitzpatrick, Grants and Scholarship Manager, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Elizabeth Stone; Christina Carachilo; Calista Calabro; Meghan Keenan; Jade Wehner; Drew Yanni; Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO, Scranton Area Community Foundation. Middle row (left to right): Emma Coar; Gia Occhipinti; Tiffini Kalt; Maura Turi; Alexandra Valvano; Evan Tremback. Back row (left to right): Jake McGovern; Stone Wormuth; Claudia Pitts; Jenna O’Malley; Gwyneth Serowinski. 2019 James F. Swift Scholarship recipients missing from the photo: Shannon Baransky; Hannah Carr; James Docalovich; Collin Ennis; Marilyn Hoskins; Amanda Sakulich; Jacob Vituszynski; Joshua Vituszynski.

The James F. Swift Scholarship Fund has awarded over $2.9 million since 2008, benefiting over 220 local students to date.

Created in 2002 through a gift by Mr. James F. Swift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund provides support for higher education for students graduating from high schools in Lackawanna County. Following Mr. Swift’s death in 2006, the Scranton Area Community Foundation gratefully received a 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 and CEO Laura Ducceschi praised the generosity of Mr. 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 the 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, these scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

For more information on the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, or to establish a new Scholarship Fund, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203 or visit safdn.org.