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 future leaders.
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 at or below 250% of the federal poverty level ($69,375 for a family of 4). While families need not reside in St. Joseph County (IN), all Jaxson Scholars expected to enroll at a local school in the area.
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.
How To AppLY
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 each November. One to two Jaxson Scholarship recipients are typically selected each year and will be notified in December. The Jaxson Scholarship application is currently closed and will reopen in September 2024.
When we think about our family, we think of the word ‘blessed’. Never in a million years did we think something this amazing would be knocking at our door. There are no words to describe the fulfilling feeling we feel as a whole family. We believe that our girl was placed exactly where she needed to be. She has always been a beautiful light, JWAS is only guiding her to treasure. The Boyd family is honored to be a part of such an amazing legacy for Jaxson!
Brenda & Kenan Boyd, Parents of Jaxson Scholar, Melani
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Contact our Executive Director at
Attn: Jeanie Shuck
3900 Edison Lakes Pkwy
Mishawaka, IN 46545