Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship
‘You’ve got great things coming for you’
Since its creation in 1994, many local high school students have received the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship, named after Little League’s founder and to symbolize his dedication to the development of young people in Lycoming County. Recently, Little League International held its annual Scholarship Awards luncheon to recognize and honor the students in the community and those who have guided them along the way.
The scholarship seed funds came from a life insurance policy Carl E. Stotz named Little League the beneficiary of around 1993, said Stephen Keener, president and CEO of Little League International. And Keener knew exactly where those funds were meant to go — to help the next generation of young people achieve great things.
This year is also Little League International’s 26th year of awarding the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship — and the organization was able to award a total of $13,000 to 10 high school students from Muncy, Loyalsock, Williamsport, South Williamsport, Hughesville, Montoursville and Jersey Shore.
“In the spirit of (Carl Stotz’s) memory, we are honoring kids who have distinguished themselves throughout their high school careers from Lycoming County, and help them with the cost of their higher education,” Keener said. “This is something we feel we can give back to the community in a meaningful way.”
The Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship is presented annually to five female and five male students who have demonstrated excellence both in the classroom and in the community. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be in the top 25% of their class, complete community service outside of their academics and write an essay outlining their hopes and dreams for their higher education, Keener said. Being the largest youth sports organization in the world, Little League Baseball is committed to helping the next generation of leaders succeed.
This year’s winners of the $1,000 scholarships were Sabrina Barner, of Muncy; Jaela House, of South Williamsport; Eric Karschner, of Hughesville; Cole Phillips, of Jersey Shore; Madison Reeves, of Montoursville; Daniel Rogers, of Montoursville; Elaina Stone, of Williamsport; and Evan Stutzman, of Hughesville.
The two winners of the $2,500 scholarships were Quinn Deitrick, of Loyalsock, and Allison Dowell, of Loyalsock, who are expected to attend Pennsylvania State University and DeSales University, respectively.
“It’s a great honor. I can’t thank you enough,” Deitrick said.
All because of Carl E. Stotz was a lifelong baseball fan with the idea to organize a baseball program the organization has been able to give back to its community. To date Little League Baseball has contributed $202,600 in scholarships to 212 students through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Ball Scholarship in Lycoming County.
“I think it’s safe to say that if you stay on the path that you are currently on, you’ve got great things coming for you,” Keener said.