Scholarship Information

The Robert P. Swank Scholarship, endowed by the Schuylkill County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, is a scholarship that is awarded annually to an individual that has demonstrated academic promise and is a resident of Schuylkill County.  The individual must demonstrate financial need.

Information concerning the Robert P. Swank Scholarship can be found at the Penn State Schuylkill Campus website,

Robert P. Swank was a distinguished resident of Schuylkill County and Penn State Alumnus.  Born in Delano, on October 17, 1868.  Mr. Swank was educated in the Delano Public School, later attending the “Pennsylvania State College”, which is today known as The Pennsylvania State University.

In 1889, Mr. Swank graduated from Pennsylvania State College, but while a student, in his sophomore year, won the distinguished James A. Beaver Prize, awarded for excellence in Mathematics.  Also, in Mr. Swank’s senior year, 1889, he was awarded a distinguished honor, being the only member of the senior class to receive the second medal of the American Tariff League for his essay entitled “What are Raw Materials? Would Free Raw Materials be Beneficial to the Labor and Industries of the United States?”  The contest had been open to all American Colleges at the time, and Mr. Swank had garnered the award.

Upon graduation in 1889, Mr. Swank entered into study of his chosen profession, studying under Mr. William Wilhelm, Esq., in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  As a result of his professional study, Mr. Swank was admitted to the Schuylkill County bar on February 13, 1893, and was later admitted to both the Pennsylvania and United States Courts.  Mr. Swank was also a Mason and Director of Union National Bank.

(referenced from History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; Schalck, Henning; Volume II, 1907)