The Claire Williams O’Neil Foundation seeks to improve prospects for the youth of the Susquehanna area. It works directly with the Susquehanna Community School District on initiatives which encourage its students to pursue higher education.

In 2000, the Foundation established a scholarship program aimed at enabling Susquehanna Community High School students to study at the highest quality colleges and universities in the country—and aim that might be beyond their normal expectations. Since its inception, this program has allowed SCHS graduates to attend such institutions as Syracuse, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Boston University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and the Pratt Institute.

In recent years, the Foundation has funded SAT preparation programs, field trips to area industrial/commercial facilities, excursions to colleges/universities and a SCHS student mentor program.

A second scholarship program was added in 2014 to help prepare SCHS students for jobs in the natural gas industry by attending the Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology’s two year program.

In working in partnership with the Susquehanna Community High School, the Foundation supports the high academic ambitions of the Susquehanna Community School District.