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Scranton Area Foundation Announces 2012 Swift Scholarships

The Scranton Area Foundation is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the James F. Swift Scholarship.  To date, through the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund at The Scranton Area Foundation, the total amount of scholarship grants awarded to students graduating from Lackawanna County high schools is $1,008,000.  Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Swift, these students graduating from most high schools in Lackawanna County have received four year renewable scholarship grants.  There are currently seventy-one (71) active scholarships, including 53 renewed awards and 18 newly approved awards for incoming college freshman.

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2012 James F. Swift Scholarship Recipients

The goal of the Scranton Area Foundation is to award 75% of the Swift scholarships to students planning to attend institutions of higher learning in our area, retaining our students in the region.  Aside from the educational support provided to students in Lackawanna County, this is another benefit to our region in that it provides a stream of ongoing matriculation at the colleges and universities of Lackawanna County, which was Mr. Swift’s hometown.

The James F. Swift Scholarship Fund was created by Mr. Swift with a gift to the Scranton Area Foundation in 2002.  Mr. Swift knew the value of a good education, and wished to provide support for higher education of young people in Lackawanna County.  His scholarship fund will have a significant impact on the educational opportunities for young people in our region, and his generosity will be remembered and appreciated by many fortunate people as the years go by. Many students who receive the renewable award already directly understand the value of philanthropy and often indicate that they, too, would like to be able to follow in Mr. Swift’s footsteps and help provide an education for students in the future.