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Swietnicki Fund

Congratulations to our Winners

  • Alexander Plough, SABEW's New York Fall Conference
  • Carolyn Crapo, Final Cut Pro (Medisabistro)
  • Allan Chernoff, Financial Planning Certificate Program, Fordham University
  • Orla O'Sullivan, Introduction to Interactive Publishing (NYU) and Writing and Editing for Web (MediaBistro)
  • Ellen Gabler, Computer-Assisted Reporting Boot Camp at Missouri School of Journalism
  • Dorianne Perrucci, Basic Certificate in Web Design, Union County College
  • Marlene Piturro, American Association of Homes and Services Conference
  • Ken Schachter, SABEW writing workshops
  • Helen Shaw, Course on Banking at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Ed Swietnicki Professional Development Grant: In honor of longtime member Ed Swietnicki and his unwavering commitment to the New York Financial Writers Association, the board established an annual $5,000 fund in his name. This fund is devoted to furthering members’ commitment to financial journalism through grants that are available annually. Under this new program, NYFWA members are eligible to receive up to $1,000 for any course or conference that will aid in furthering their career as a financial writer. Applications for Swietnicki grants are accepted on a rolling basis from September through June. Applicants must have an existing NYFWA memberships for a minimum of 5 years. If interested, please follow the guidelines below and send your application via e-mail to with the subject head “Swietnicki Grant Committee."

Click here to find journalism programs. Swietnicki Professional Development Grant rules/submission requirements:

  1. With the exception of current board members, all NYFWA active members in good standing will be eligible to apply for a grant.
  2. A maximum $1,000 grant will be awarded to any one member, with the specific amount to be determined by the grant committee. Grants will be paid directly to the organization sponsoring the course/conference a member has applied for, and under no circumstances will a grant ever be paid directly to a member.
  3. To be considered for a grant, members must submit a copy of their current resume, along with a statement regarding the particular event they are interested in attending and an explanation of the way they believe it will enhance professional development or advance their career. Members must also submit documentation to verify the event, such as a brochure or course catalog.
  4. The NYFWA will not pay for travel.
  5. Grant recipients will be required to share feedback about their experience with the organization. (This will be in the form of a brief talk at an NYFWA event such as a monthly drinks night, or possibly the annual membership meeting.)
  6. Grant recipients will not be eligible to apply to this program again until five years after the date of their last award.