Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship
As president of West Chester University for a quarter of a century, Dr. Charles S. Swope recognized that the world is shaped by the great minds of the future. Now in its fourth generation, this vital scholarship continues to award much needed scholarship dollars to West Chester University’s highest achieving students.
Make an Impact
As Swope Scholars, parents and family of scholars, and supporters, we know you understand the importance of paying it forward. Make an impact on future generations of Swope Scholarship recipients by getting involved, giving, and staying connected.
Join the scholarship committee to put much-needed funds directly into the hands of WCU students. Contact Kristin Heisey, Director of Stewardship, to get started.
Make a Gift
Support WCU students who display high academic performance, community involvement, and leadership and citizenship qualities.
Are you a Swope Scholar? Share your accomplishments and career experiences with us, and with the Swope family.
Swope Scholar Celebration
A weekend bringing West Chester University’s milestone anniversary year to a close brought current and former Swope Scholarship recipients together to celebrate new beginnings.
On Saturday, April 23rd, President Fiorentino and Sue Fiorentino hosted over 80 guests — alumni scholars, new scholarship recipients, parents, faculty, and supporters — in recognition of the Swope family’s generosity, and to hear firsthand the great impact the scholarship has had on students during their time at WCU and beyond.
This event will be held annually on WCU’s Alumni Weekend to celebrate past and present Swope Scholars, offer an opportunity to reconnect, and honor the Swope family’s legacy.
The Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 who has completed at least 45 credit hours, of which at least 15 credits must be completed at West Chester University. At the time of the application undergraduate students must have one (1) full year of enrollment ahead of them at WCU in order to apply. Graduate students must be enrolled in a full-time program (minimum 9 credits) and must have received their baccalaureate degree from West Chester University.
All scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation: one (1) letter of recommendation from a West Chester University faculty member who can address academic performance, and one (1) letter of recommendation from a community leader who can address the applicant’s community involvement, leadership qualities and citizenship qualities.
2022-2023 Scholarship Committee:
Judi K. Ivins
Barbara J. Lappano
Charles E. Swope, Jr.
The Swope Family Legacy
With the strategic transition of the Foundation into a memorial endowment, Dr. Dawn Swope Apgar and Charles (“Chuck”) E. Swope, Jr. have cemented their family’s mission to give back.
Their grandfather, Dr. Charles S. Swope and their grandmother, Edna Swope were both graduates of West Chester State Normal School in 1921. They donated to the church, supported their families who had fallen on hard times, and gave all the produce from their garden to neighbors and friends in West Chester. The family ethos has always been to work hard and save so that gains could work for family members, friends, and be used to help others. Dr. Swope served as president of West Chester State Teachers College for a quarter of a century.
Edna and their own fathers, Richard M. Swope and Charles S. Swope, formed The Swope Foundation in 1960, which has provided more than one million dollars in scholarship funds to West Chester University students.