Mr. Gerald Swope established this fund in 1925 as a memorial to his parents because of the sacrifices they had made to educate their children. The purpose of the fund is to assist worthy and exceptional graduates of public high schools in attaining a higher education at any college or institution they choose. The fund is available to students who are graduates of St. Louis City or St. Louis County public high schools. According to the wishes of the Donor, the student who applied for aid under this Fund should understand that the amount received should be repaid so that others may similarly benefit and continue their education. This is entirely a moral obligation, assumed by the student at the time an award is accepted from the Fund. Repayment may begin at any time, in small payments before or after college graduation, or in larger payments whenever possible.
Because of the excellent repayment record of the beneficiaries of the Fund, the trust has been able to aid more than 300 students with financial assistance over the years.