Jack "Swede" and Joy Frauson

Jack "Swede" and Joy Frauson

The Jack “Swede” Frauson Sports Management Scholarship was established by Jack “Swede” and Joy Frauson.

Swede is a member of the North Carolina Recreation and Park Society Hall of Fame and received the organization’s highest honor, the Distinguished Fellow Award. He was awarded the US Department of the Interior’s Highest Outdoor recreation Award and served on the Board of Trustees of the National Recreation and Park Association. Swede developed the North Carolina Citizen Board Member conference in 1979, which has been emulated by many other states across the country. Each year an award is presented at the conference in Swede’s name to a park and recreation for outstanding professional service.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in 2004, the US Department of the Interior’s Highest Outdoor Recreation Award in 1976, the Outstanding Service to the Department and State of North Carolina from the NC Department of Natural Resources and Community Development in 1983, the H.D. Meyer Professional Award from NRPA in 1997, the NRPA Citizen Board Member Professional Award, and the Hall of Fame Member and Fellow Award from NC Recreation and Park Society in 1982.

Upon retirement, Swede and his wife, Joy, moved from hurricane-prone Wilmington to Raleigh and in 1999 he was invited to serve as a “volunteer” development officer for the department of arks, recreation, and tourism management. For eight years, he volunteered and traveled North Carolina raising millions to support undergraduate scholarships.

He developed the Legends in Giving Program and established an endowment honoring former department head, Phil Rea.