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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > May-August > Little League Honors Top County Seniors With Stotz Scholarship

Little League Honors Top County Seniors With Stotz Scholarship

Little League Honors Top County Seniors With Stotz Scholarship

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Each spring Little League Baseball and Softball rewards high school scholars in the area with the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship. The 10 recipients exemplify the same ideals as the founder of the world’s largest organized youth sports program: good citizenship, hard work, character, courage and loyalty.

Mr. Stotz’s vision was of a game played by children that would help build and shape those who played it into productive adults. This is the 19th year of the scholarship program, established by the Little League International Board of Directors, which rewards academic excellence and citizenship with financial assistance for their higher education.

Including this year’s recipients, more than $116,000 has been awarded to 140 Lycoming County students since the inception of the scholarship program. Each of the recipients was honored at the annual luncheon held today at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa.

Scholarships totaling $8,000 are awarded each year to five male and five female high school seniors. The scholarships perpetuate the memory of Little League’s founder, recognizing his commitment to the development of youth in the county.

All graduating seniors in the top 25 percent of their class at the nine Lycoming County high schools, who have demonstrated good citizenship and whose spirit exemplifies effort, determination and persistence in attaining the goal of higher education, are eligible to apply. Each interested senior submits two letters of recommendation and an essay on what they hope to achieve through higher education.

From the 50 applicants for the scholarships this year, the recipients of the $2,000 scholarships are Sophia Reeder from Muncy High School and Aleksander Keller from South Williamsport High School. They were chosen from a group of 10 finalists.

Miss Reeder will be attending Bucknell University and Mr. Keller will continue his education at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Aleksander Keller, from South Williamsport High School, and Sophia Reeder, who attends Muncy High School, were recognized as the top recipients at the 2012 Carl E. Stotz Scholarship Luncheon. The duo each received $2,000 scholarships, while eight other seniors from high schools throughout Lycoming County, Pa., each received $500 scholarships. Mr. Keller and Miss Reeder are joined by Stephen D. Keener (far left), President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball; and Karen Stotz-Myers (far right), the daughter of Little League Founder Carl E. Stotz.

The other eight finalists all receive $500 scholarships. They include: Alexander Bellott (Loyalsock Township High School); Maria Cioffi (South Williamsport High School); Rachel Cummings (Jersey Shore High School); John Goetz (Montgomery High School); Colton Henry (Jersey Shore High School); Jillian Jackson (South Williamsport High School); Gregory Kist (St. John Neumann Regional Academy); and Lindsey Stopper (Loyalsock Township High School).

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The 2012 Carl E. Stotz Scholarship Luncheon was recently held at Little League International. The annual scholarship program, which was created in 1994, has exceeded the $116,000 mark for total monies presented to scholarship honorees. The 2012 recipients are: in the front row (left to right): Rachel Cummings (Jersey Shore High School); Maria Cioffi (South Williamsport High School); Lindsey Stopper (Loyalsock Township High School); Sophia Reeder (Muncy High School); and Jillian Jackson (South Williamsport High School). Pictured in the back row (l to r): Karen Stotz Myers, daughter of Carl Stotz; Colton Henry (Jersey Shore High School); Alexander Bellott (Loyalsock Township High School); Aleksander Keller (South Williamsport High School); John Goetz (Montgomery High School); Kimberly Kist (representing her son, Gregory – St. John Neumann Regional Academy) and Stephen D. Keener, Little League Baseball and Softball’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Gregory Kist, from St. John Neumann Regional Academy, was unable to attend the luncheon.

“This is a special annual event we look forward to because it gives us a chance to acknowledge the efforts of some of the top seniors in Lycoming County and help them make the next step in their life,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Each of the young adults we recognized today possesses the traits and has the same vision Carl Stotz had when laying the foundation for Little League. We recognize the same selflessness, determination and inspiration that Mr. Stotz lived his life by with the presentation of these scholarships.”

2012 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship Recipients

  • Alexander Bellott (Loyalsock Township High School)
  • Maria Cioffi (South Williamsport High School)
  • Rachel Cummings (Jersey Shore High School)
  • John Goetz (Montgomery High School)
  • Colton Henry (Jersey Shore High School)
  • Jillian Jackson (South Williamsport High School)
  • Aleksander Keller (South Williamsport High School)
  • Gregory Kist (St. John Neumann Regional Academy)
  • Sophia Reeder (Muncy High School)
  • Lindsey Stopper (Loyalsock Township High School)