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AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis | Covering: South King, Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis Counties

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Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter Scholarship Program

The Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) established the Colonel Isabelle “Jo” Swartz Memorial Scholarship to render financial assistance to graduating high school seniors, the leaders of tomorrow

$1,000 Scholarships Awarded to Graduating High School Seniors

In honor of Colonel Isabelle (Jo) Swartz

Isabelle Josephine “Jo” Swartz, Colonel, USA (Ret) 1922 -2012 was born October 10, 1922 at Ft. Lewis, Washington, to (then) Lieutenant and Mrs. Charles H. Swartz.

As an Army child, Jo lived at Army posts in Hawaii, California, Oklahoma, Utah, Missouri, and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Lawton High School in Oklahoma and received her baccalaureate degree from Southern Methodist University, majoring in English and History. In 1955, Jo received a direct commission into the United States Army’s Women Army Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington, marking the beginning of twenty years of service in the Regular Army followed by service in the Washington Army National Guard.

During her Army service, Jo recognized the importance of continuing education and worked to complete the Public Affairs Course at the University of Wisconsin. She continued on to graduate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. Jo was a student of military heraldry, her Coat of Arms design for the U. S. Army Women’s Army Corps School was accepted, approved, and issued as an official distinctive unit insignia by the U. S. Army Institute of Heraldry.

In the years following her retirement, Colonel Jo (as she came to be called), served as a volunteer with several patriotic organizations. She was an American Red Cross volunteer, an officer on the Board of the Ft. Lewis Military Museum, and Commander, Regional Commander, and national staff officer of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW). Additionally, Col Jo served as Vice Regent and Regent for the Mary Ball Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R), for which she was selected as the 2002 Washington State Outstanding Regent. Never married, Colonel Jo devoted her life to the service of others with a particular interest in supporting educational opportunities for military children. Her legacy is enduring with her donation to the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of AUSA to start a scholarship fund to help the children of our Service Members in their pursuit of education.



To apply for an AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

✓ Be a current member of AUSA (OR the child of a parent/legal guardian of a current AUSA member) AND affiliated with the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter

  • AUSA Membership #
  • If you/your parents are AUSA members, but not affiliated with the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter, please email [email protected] to be added to the Chapter roster
  • If you are not sure if you are an AUSA member or affiliated with the Chapter, go to and click LOGIN in the upper right, follow the instructions under “Not sure if you have an AUSA Account?”

✓ Be a graduating high school senior applying for fall entry as an undergraduate to attend an accredited college or university

✓ Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA (minimum) through the first semester of the current academic year

✓ Have demonstrated exceptional leadership, volunteerism and service to the community


1 February 2022 through 1 April 2022

Complete and submit your application packet to:

AUSA (ATTN: CMLC Scholarship)
P.O. Box 33181
JBLM, WA 98433

The application packet must be post-marked by April 1st, 2022.

Ensure your email address on the application is correct, all correspondence to include notification of the receipt of your application will be via email.

APR 2022-MAY 2022

The selection process begins. You will receive an invitation to the Chapter Scholarship Ceremony where the scholarship recipients will be announced.

Jun 2022

Chapter Scholarship Ceremony. If you are awarded a scholarship, enrollment verification must be provided for the upcoming semester in order to receive your award.

To apply for the scholarship, click the link below to download the application packet


1.) Completed Application

2.) Current Transcript of Grades

3.) Proof of Admission to an Accredited College or University

4.) Essay describing how your experiences helped refine your definition of leadership and how this scholarship will help you achieve your leadership goals

5.) Letters of Recommendation

6.) Privacy Act Statement, signed

7.) 5×7 Photograph


For questions regarding the scholarship program, please email [email protected]


The AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter Scholarship Program began with a contribution donated in the memory of Colonel Jo Swartz and is sustained by chapter activities, meetings, and events held at the local level, as well as donations.

To Donate to the Chapter Scholarship Program as an Individual or Community Partner:

Make a tax deductible donation online by clicking donate below or by sending a check (addressed “AUSA Chapter Scholarship Program”) to:

AUSA (ATTN: CMLC Scholarship Committee)
P.O. Box 33181
JBLM, WA 98433

All contributing individuals and Community Partners will be recognized at the Scholarship Award Ceremony.

For questions regarding the scholarship program, please email [email protected]