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.
It still feels unreal to have an undoubtedly bright future for my daughter, something I could have never done without Larry and Sherry. The strength they have to turn their tragedy into life-changing opportunities for children like my daughter who would have never had the chance otherwise is incredible. For the years to come, I look forward to watching Finleigh grow into someone who can be as brave and giving. We will work hard to keep Jaxson’s legacy shining bright.
Elizabeth, Mother of 2020 Jaxson Scholar Recipient, Finleigh
How To AppLY
The 2021 Jaxson Scholar application is now open through October 30, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance as a Jaxson Scholar. The JWAS Foundation Selection Committee determines a child’s acceptance into our Jaxson Scholar 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 in December. In light of COVID-19, virtual or outdoor interviews and playdates may be considered.
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Mishawaka, IN 46545