The Mission of JWAS
The mission of the Jaxson William Augustus Swank Foundation is to perpetuate Jaxson's loving memory in providing financial assistance to deserving individuals from preschool through college and to support each recipient in achieving their potential to obtain scholastic distinction while developing good moral character as a future leader.
Who CAn apply
The JWAS Foundation welcomes applications for children ages 2.5 to 5-years-old. The child must show readiness to be in a primary environment (ability to follow direction, accept a gentle no, be potty trained, etc.) Families must qualify within our income guidelines of the federal poverty level (at or below $26,200 for a family of 4) to 250% above the poverty level ($65,500 for a family of 4). While families need not reside in St. Joseph County (IN), all Jaxson Scholars are expected to enroll at a school in St. Joseph County (IN).
All Jaxson Scholars and JWAS Families are expected to attend at least 75% of our annual character and leadership development programming each year. Families must also be actively engaged at their child’s school and in their learning progress. Families are expected to be sound moral examples of character while serving our community at large.
There are moments in life that have so many different emotions and thoughts steeped into them they are a challenge to describe. Like when I got to marry my upperclassman college crush after having lived through the pain of divorce. Or when the hospital sent us home with our newborn baby girls. Or when we received Jeanie’s phone call that Autumn was chosen to be the 2021 Jaxson Scholar. I mean a gift of that proportion, that will have lasting effects not only in her life but our entire family, how do you put that into words? And now the amazing news that Ember is a Jaxson Legacy Scholar, it's unbelievable. Because of your incredible generosity, our family’s life has been changed. Changed because Autumn and now Ember will be seen and known for who they are in a classroom. Changed because their character will be challenged to grow along with their intellect. Changed because now they are part of the JWAS family that will surround us all with support and care. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for this life-changing opportunity.
Meghan & Jody, parents of 2021 Jaxson Scholarship Recipients, Autumn & Ember
How To AppLY
The 2022 Jaxson Scholar application will open in September 2021. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance as a Jaxson Scholar. The JWAS Foundation Selection Committee determines a child’s acceptance into our Jaxson Scholarship program. Our Selection Committee conducts four to six finalist interviews with the applicant and parents in November. One new Jaxson Scholar is typically selected each year and will be notified by December.
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Attn: Jeanie Shuck
3900 Edison Lakes Pkwy
Mishawaka, IN 46545