The Anne Garrott Leadership Scholarship Endowment

Anne Marquess Garrott, 1915-2013
President Emerita, SWBCA, Inc.

Anne Garrott was the driving force behind the continuity of core programs of leadership development for women and youth over her nearly 90 years with the organization.

Garrott, a civic leader in Philadelphia for more than half a century, was born on December 27, 1914, and departed this life peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2013, at Chandler Hall in Bucks County. She was the third of three children born to the late Dr. John Miller Marquess and Anna Dickson Marquess while they lived on the campus of Langston University in Oklahoma where Dr. Marquess served as president of the school.

The Board of SWBCA has honored her service and memory by establishing the Anne M. Garrott Leadership Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships and assistance to students and educational programs.

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SWBCA's educational
commitment at work.

Congratulations to all of our Anne M. Garrott
Leadership Scholarship Recipients.


The following high school graduates received $1500 each to aid in their pursuit of higher education as matriculated college freshman. SWBCA is proud to support their future and wish them each the best.

Maya Anderson

Maya Anderson

Hill- Freedman World Academy

Maya will attend DePaul University in Chicago as a member of the 58th University Honors Class. Maya intends to become an avant-garde author and illustrator.


Kipaji Miles

William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs

Kipaji will attend Neumann University in Aston, PA and major in nursing.


Anya Collins

Anya collins

West Philadelphia High School

Anya will attend Albright College in Reading, PA. She intends to major in Biochemistry.



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R. Gabriel Perez

Roman Catholic High School

Gabriel will attend Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. He intends to major in Sports Management with the goal of becoming a coach.

Deasia Mears

Deasia Mears

West Philadelphia High School

Deasia will attend Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. She will major in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Television.


Gary Williams

Rising Junior University of Pittsburgh

Gary will continue his studies as a junior at Pitt, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Africana Studies and Administrative Justice

Application Process

Southwest Belmont Community Association, Inc. is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation that engaged Glenmede Investments to establish the Anne M. Garrott Leadership Scholarship Endowment in 2011 and to serve as the endowment's investment manager.

Seniors in public, charter, and parochial high schools who are planning to go to college or vocational school and sophomores, juniors, or seniors in college are invited to apply.

The SWBCA Scholarship Committee accepts applications, evaluates, and recommends finalists to the SWBCA Board. Winners and their parents/guardians attend a special awards luncheon each Spring.

High School Application

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College Application

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The submission deadline for applications is mid-April each year.

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