SCRANTON — Four-year renewable college scholarship awards for students graduating from high schools in Lackawanna County have been made possible through the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund administered by the Scranton Area Foundation. The foundation announced 71 scholarships are currently active, including 53 renewed awards and 18 new awards. The total amount of the scholarship grants to date is $2,144,000, and the 164 students who received them have graduated from high schools throughout Lackawanna County.
The James F. Swift Scholarship Fund was created through a gift to the Scranton Area Foundation in 2002 to provide support for higher education of young people in Lackawanna County. The foundation received an unanticipated and significant gift from the estate of James Swift following his death several years ago. With the addition of this bequest to the scholarship fund, a greater number of Lackawanna County students have been able to pursue their academic and professional goals through higher education. In future years, the scholarship will provide an ongoing stream of matriculation at Lackawanna County colleges and universities. The foundation’s goal is to award 75 percent of the scholarships to students who plan to attend institutions of higher learning in our area.
The Scranton Area 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, these scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars towards their tuition.
Abington area residents Matthew R. Barrett, Abigail C. Burke, Alexandria Y. Catania, Matthew S. Earle, Mariah F. Hawley, Christopher A. Michaels and Robert Swift were among 71 students who earned scholarships.
Information provided by the Scranton Area Foundation.