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James F. Swift Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: March 14, 2022 3:00 pm CENTRAL TIME

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist students from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania high schools, who plan to continue their education in a college or university program.

This program is administered by Scholarship America┬«, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Applicants to the James F. Swift Scholarship Program must be:

  • Graduating high school seniors from one of the following schools:
  • Abington Heights High School
  • Dunmore High School
  • Lakeland Jr/Sr High School
  • Milton Eisner Yeshiva High School
  • Old Forge High School
  • Scranton High School
  • Summit Christian Academy
  • Triboro Christian Academy
  • West Scranton High School
  • Carbondale Area High School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Mid Valley High School
  • North Pocono High School
  • Riverside Jr/Sr High School
  • Scranton Preparatory High School
  • The Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
  • Valley View High School
  • Planning to enroll for the first time in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year, preferably one of the following Lackawanna County schools:
  • Clarks Summit University
  • Johnson College
  • Keystone College
  • Lackawanna College
  • Marywood University
  • Penn State Scranton
  • University of Scranton
NOTE: Approximately 75% of recipients chosen will be attending one of the above schools.


Award Amounts

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to twenty (20) awards will be granted each year. Scholarship America will select recipients attending two-year and four-year colleges in proportion to the applicant pool. No more than two recipients per private, public or charter high school will be selected.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance (as determined by the school) in a full-time course of study. Students attending a two-year school and planning to enroll in a four-year school (including four-year schools outside of Lackawanna County) may receive a total of three renewals on the basis of satisfactory academic performance (as determined by the school) and full-time enrollment.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants with consideration given to those who demonstrate the greatest financial need, past academic record, leadership and participation in school and community activities, statement of educational and career goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and completion of the applicant appraisal which is part of the application form.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Scranton Area Community Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Payments are made in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document:

  • Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 17, 2022 3:00 pm CENTRAL TIME.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!