SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS GO TO FRONT OF THE CLASS
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - 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 endeavors to instill 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, 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.
A scholarship of $2,000 each is awarded annually to one male and one female graduate 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.
This year's recipients are Neal P. Mankad, a graduate of Loyalsock Township High School, and Kristen E. Eichensehr, a graduate of Williamsport Area High School. Mr. Mankad plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Miss Eichensehr intends to attend Harvard University.
Mr. Mankad and Miss Eichensehr were chosen from a group of 10 finalists. Cynthia Adams (Loyalsock Township High School) and Eric Clementoni (Muncy Area High School) will receive $500 each. The other finalists, receiving $100 each, are: Amanda Rider and Joseph Bering (Loyalsock), Sarah Carr and Alan Zimmerer (Montoursville), Jonathan Theis (Williamsport) and Stefanie Fedder (South Williamsport).
"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. It is our pleasure to honor some of the students in our county about whom we don't hear enough."