Charles E. Swope Scholarship

The Chester County Bar Foundation (CCBF) $5,000 Charles E. Swope Scholarship Award provides financial assistance for post-high school education of a student interested in pursuing a career in law or a law related field.


Criteria for Selection

Applicants for the Scholarship Award must demonstrate academic excellence, wide ranging extracurricular activities, leadership, dedicated community service and an interest in and intent to pursue a career in law or a law related field.



To be eligible, an applicant must be a citizen of the United States. Also, the applicant must be either a permanent resident of Chester County or enrolled in a high school located in Chester County as a junior or senior.  The CCBF Scholarship Committee may consider unique factors identified on the application form, such as financial need, in making the Scholarship Award.  



The CCBF will provide up to two $5,000 Scholarship Awards.  Payment of the scholarship award shall be made directly to the successful applicant’s college or university.


Matching Grant

In addition to providing the scholarship award(s), the CCBF will also provide a matching grant in the amount of $1,000.00 to one of the below listed non-profit Chester County community organizations selected by each Scholarship Award winner:



Each of the eligible organizations in some manner furthers the mission of the Foundation to help Chester County citizens understand, gain access to and benefit from our legal system. The Foundation will provide the Scholarship Award recipient the honor of selecting the beneficiary of the matching grant in further recognition of the recipient’s proven dedication to benefit others through community service.


Scholarship Award Application Requirements:

The Charles E. Swope Scholarship was awarded to Lisa Mengzhu Xu, a senior at West Chester 
Bayard Rustin High School, and was presented during the Annual Law Day Celebration. 

To obtain information on the Charles E. Swope Scholarship, 
contact Kate Martin at: or 610.692.1889


The Charles E. Swope Scholarship - A Speech by Jamie Goncharoff, Esq.:

When a scholarship is named after an individual, that person’s legacy as a role model is perpetuated. Oftentimes, a name alone is meaningless, unless you have a name like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. The Chester County Bar Foundation established the Charles E. Swope Scholarship in memory of a great American.

Charles Swope was known by many names reflecting his many accomplishments. Colonel Swope was his name to fellow Marines; Dr. Swope was his name to educators; Mr. Swope was his name to his fellow employees, but Charlie, was also his name to everyone.

Charles Swope joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1948, rose from the rank of Private to Colonel, and completed 40 years of active and reserve service, and was even awarded the Legion of Merit Medal by President Reagan. Out of his many distinguished titles, my favorite was Colonel, since he commissioned me a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant when I graduated college.

Colonel Swope served as President and CEO of The First National Bank of Chester County for over 30 years, and was the youngest president elected at age 41. Not only was he a Marine Corps leader, a bank leader, a director on countless Boards of Directors, but he also served as president of the Board of Trustees of West Chester University, president of the Rotary Club of West Chester, the national president of the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association where I remember that he even paid my first years’ dues!

He received numerous professional and community service awards to include awards from the Boys Scouts of America, Chester County Historical Society, the State System of Higher Education, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, and the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.

It is so important that young people today have role models to serve as a guiding light through their journey of life, and to follow in the footsteps of Charles Swope, is a great honor. I know he was a role model for me. And now that we know a little about the life of Colonel Swope who passed away in 2003, let’s now find out which high school student is exemplified by his legacy.