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Stotz Scholarship Recipients Honored by Little League

Stotz Scholarship Recipients Honored by Little League

Stotz Scholarship 2008 Francis Lovecchio, left, and Amber Lee of Williamsport Area High School were honored as the top recipients of the 15th annual Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship during a luncheon held at Little League International in Williamsport, Pa. on Tuesday, May 20. Stephen D. Keener, right, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, made the presentations. Mr. Lovecchio and Miss Lee each received $2,000 scholarships, while eight other recipients were presented with $500 scholarships.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Carl Stotz envisioned a game played by children and rooted in good citizenship when he founded Little League Baseball in 1939. Since 1994, students from Lycoming County who have exemplified similar ideals in their personal endeavors have been recognized by Little League International.

Mr. Stotz’s vision continues to be the driving force behind Little League today. Accordingly, the Little League International Board of Directors established the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship to reward academic excellence and citizenship with higher education financial assistance. This is the 15th year of the scholarship program, during which more than $83,000 in financial assistance toward higher education has been awarded to 102 Lycoming County students.

Scholarships totaling $8,000 are awarded annually to five male and five female graduates of Lycoming County high schools. These scholarships 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 to apply.

This year’s top recipients of $2,000 each are Francis Lovecchio and Amber Lee of Williamsport Area High School. Mr. Lovecchio and Miss Lee have yet to make their decisions on what college or university each will attend. They were chosen from a group of 10 finalists who, in turn, were chosen from among 51 who applied.

“Without involvement and support from the community, Little League could not have taken root, and certainly it would not have flourished without good citizenship as its cornerstone,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Carl Stotz created an opportunity and answered a need when he founded Little League, and each year, similar selflessness, determination and inspiration is recognized with the presentation of these scholarships. It is our pleasure to acknowledge the efforts of the recipients and honor their accomplishments.”

Receiving $500 scholarships are: Terrin Crist and Caleb Huff (Montoursville Area High School); Tabitha Mann and Tyler Morse (Jersey Shore Area High School); Barbara Malek (Saint John Neumann Regional Academy); Alexis Nedurian (Hughesville Area High School); Christopher Ring (Muncy Area High School); and Jahd Burns (Montgomery Area High School).

Announcement of all recipients of financial aid through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship was made today at an annual luncheon at Little League International.

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Ten seniors from high schools in Lycoming County, Pa., were recognized during the annual Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship Luncheon. The recipients are, seated left to right, Amber Lee, Williamsport Area High School; Tabitha Mann, Jersey Shore Area High School; Alexis Nedurian, Hughesville High School; Terrin Crist, Montoursville Area High School; and Barbara Malek, St. John Neumann Regional Academy. Standing are, from left to right, Francis Lovecchio, Williamsport Area High School; Tyler Morse, Jersey Shore Area High School; Jahd Burns, Montgomery Area High School; Caleb Huff, Montoursville Area High School; and Christopher Ring, Muncy Area High School.

A high-resolution, downloadable photo of Mr. Lovecchio and Miss Lee is available at: www.littleleague.org/media/images/schol08a.jpg

A photo of all Stotz Scholarship recipients is available at: www.littleleague.org/media/images/schol08b.jpg