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Scholarship Recipients Honored by Little League

Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, left, joins the top recipients of the 2001 Carl E. Stotz Little League Scholarships, Emma Grace Somers and Robert Laird Judson, both seniors at Williamsport Area High School. (Click on photo for a high-resolution version)

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (May 30, 2001) - Since its inception in 1939, the ideals of sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork have been the hallmarks of Little League Baseball. Another of the bedrock values Little League instills is leadership.

Those ideals and values were foremost in the mind of Little League founder Carl E. Stotz when he created the first Little League program, and they continue to be the driving force behind Little League today. Accordingly, in 1994, the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors established the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship Aid Fund to reward academic excellence with higher education financial assistance.

Scholarships totaling $6,500 are awarded annually to five male and five female graduates of a Lycoming County high school, to perpetuate the memory of Little League's founder, recognizing his commitment to the development of the young people of Lycoming County, Pa. All graduating seniors in the top 25 percent of their class who have demonstrated good citizenship and whose spirit exemplifies effort, determination and persistence in attaining the goal of higher education, are eligible for participation.

Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, is at the far right with the recipients of the 2001 Carl E. Stotz Little League Scholarships. The awards were presented on May 30, 2001, at the Dining Hall at Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove in South Williamsport, Pa.  (Click on photo for a high-resolution version)

This year's top recipients are Robert Laird Judson, and Emma Grace Somers, both seniors at Williamsport Area High School. Mr. Judson's college plans are undecided at this point. Miss Somers intends to attend Princeton University.

"These fine young people bring great credit to their schools and our community," Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, said. "All of them are outstanding examples of many of our young people who will lead us in the future. We often do not hear enough about these types of students in our county, and it is our pleasure to honor them today."

Mr. Judson and Miss Somers were chosen from a group of 10 finalists. Christopher Styers (South Williamsport Area High School) and Erin Buck (Montgomery High School) will receive $500 each. The other finalists, receiving $250 each, are: Sarah McCormick and Lorraine Krall (Williamsport), Heather Loeb (Muncy High School), Colin McGinnis and Zachary Goodrich (Bishop Neumann High School) and Jameson Farrar Venema (Montoursville Area High School).


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Lance Van Auken, Director of Media Relations and Communications
Little League Baseball International Headquarters 
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