Swartz Scholarship to Support OHS / Walsh Graduates Attending Pitt-Bradford | News
OLEAN, NY – The newly established Lee W. and Jeremie L. Swartz Pitt-Bradford Scholarship Fund at the Cattaraugus Area Community Foundation will provide annual support to graduates of Olean High School or the ‘Academy of Archbishop Walsh who plan to continue their education at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
The scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in 2022, will be a scholarship of $ 10,000 per year over four years for a graduate of Olean High School or Archbishop Walsh’s Academy who enrolls in a bachelor’s degree program at Pitt-Bradford. Students must have good academic results and must demonstrate financial need. A new student will not be chosen until the first student has completed a four-year award cycle.
The scholarship was created by Lee W. Swartz of Olean in memory of his brother Jeremie Swartz (1950-2004), a graduate of Olean High School and Drake University. Lee Swartz, who also graduated from Olean High School, now lives far from the area but decided to establish the scholarship to give back to the community he grew up in as well as the college which had an impact on his career.
The Swartz family owned and operated the Swartz grocery stores in Olean from the 1940s to the 1970s.
After graduating from Olean High School, Lee continued his education at Cornell University, where he received a BA in Sociology. He served on active duty in the United States Navy from January 1957 to June 1960 and then retired from the Reserve as a lieutenant commander.
Returning to Olean from active naval service, Lee worked in the family business and then served as Development Director for the Town of Olean, providing funding for its urban renewal and housing programs. He also continued his studies with a view to obtaining a master’s degree in public administration.
In the 1960s, Lee took extension courses at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in urban planning and development taught by Joseph Bendel of the Mullen and Lonigran Town Planning Society. These classes would play an important role in Lee’s service during his long career in municipal government management and urban development.
After leaving Olean, he went to work as a project manager for the City of Rochester’s Department of Urban Renewal and Economic Development. After this role, he was executive director of the Charleston, West Virginia Urban Renewal Authority. Under his leadership, the authority received a HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) award for the quality of its efforts.
He ended his career as an executive director of the Revenue Authority in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Lee decided to establish the Lee W. Swartz and Jeremie I. Swartz Pitt-Bradford Scholarship Fund in recognition of the role his education and training at Olean High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford played in preparing of her career.
CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit praised Swartz’s decision to create this new scholarship fund which will provide a generous reward each year to a deserving student in need.
“Sir. The story of Swartz proves that education can open many doors,” she said. “As the cost of education increases, this scholarship will play an important role in enabling students to follow in Mr. Swartz’s footsteps at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. “
Donations can be made to the Lee W. Swartz and Jeremie I. Swartz Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760 or online at carrfoundation.org.