Stotz Scholarship Recipients Honored by Little League
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 Scholarship to reward academic excellence and citizenship with higher education financial assistance. This is the 16th year of the scholarship program, during which more than $91,000 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: Nathaniel Lamoreaux from Muncy Area High School; Caitlin Cromley of Jersey Shore High School and Kathryn Robinholt from Saint John Neumann Regional Academy.
At the completion of this year’s judging, Miss Cromley and Miss Robinholt tied for the top overall score. Each received $2,000, bringing the 2009 scholarship total to $9,500.
Mr. Lamoreaux will be attending Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Miss Cromley will continue her education at The College of Miseracordia in Dallas, Pa., and Miss Robinholt has committed to the University of Scranton (Pa.). They were chosen from a group of 10 finalists who, in turn, were chosen from among 51 who applied.
“With good citizenship as its cornerstone, Lycoming County has produced many fine students and even better young adults who have made the choice to become involved and support their communities,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Little League could not have taken root, and certainly it would not have flourished without the commitment of Carl Stotz. While creating an opportunity, Mr. Stotz filled 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: Devon Antonetti and Kelsi Chuprinski (Muncy Area High School); Nicholas Rall and Cornell Lorson (Williamsport Area High School); Devin Rachael and Justin Shipman (Jersey Shore Area Little League); and James Creeley, Jr. (Saint John Neumann Regional Academy).
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.
Stephen D. Keener (at left, in back row), Little League International President and Chief Executive Officer, is joined by honorees following presentation of the Carl E. Stotz Little League scholarships. Joining Mr. Keener and Karen Stotz-Myers (at right, in back row), daughter of Little League Founder’s founder, are (front row, left to right): Devon Antonetti (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School); Kelsi Chuprinski (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School); Kathryn Robinholt (St. John Neumann Regional Academy); Cornell Lorson (Williamsport Area High School); and Caitlin Cromley (Jersey Shore Area High School). In the back row (from left to right), are: Justin Shipman (Jersey Shore Area High School); Devin Rachael (Jersey Shore Area High School); James Creeley, Jr. (St. John Neumann Regional Academy); Nick Rall (Williamsport Area High School) and Nathaniel Lamoreaux (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School).
The top Carl E. Stotz scholarship Award recipients for 2009, are (from left): Kathryn Robinholt (St. John Neumann Regional Academy); Caitlin Cromley (Jersey Shore Area High School and Nathaniel Lamoreaux (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School). Joining the winners are: Karen Stotz-Myers (far left), daughter of Little League’s founder; and Stephen D. Keener (far right), Little League International President and Chief Executive Officer.