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Gift For Life Scholarships awarded to 12 USBC Youth members


Twelve youth bowlers have been selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee to receive Gift For Life Scholarships in 2016. All 12 of this year’s recipients are seniors in high school.

The Gift For Life Scholarships annually are awarded to 12 United States Bowling Congress Youth members who are in need of financial assistance to obtain a college education. Applicants must be current USBC Youth members in high school and have a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale).

To be considered for a Gift For Life scholarship, applicants were required to supply two letters of recommendation, submit an essay and discuss their community service efforts as part of the application process.

The 2016 Gift For Life Scholarship recipients are:

  • Cyan Baker, Chicago
  • Kristen Blank, Molalla, Oregon
  • Emery Brock, Lowell, Arkansas
  • Mikayla Davis, Valdosta, Georgia
  • Nathan Duncan, Spokane Valley, Washington
  • Ashley Henderson, Tonawanda, New York
  • Ty’Tyana Lewis, Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Paige McCaslin, Eagle, Nebraska
  • Caitlin Neier, Blauvelt, New York
  • Rebecca Ratkowski, Waterford, Wisconsin
  • Kayla Stammer, Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Mariah Williams, Bloomington, New York

Each youth member selected will receive a $1,000 scholarship managed through the SMART program. In honor of the 9/11 heroes, at least two of the 12 scholarships each year are awarded to children of fire, police or emergency rescue personnel. This year, four of the recipients – Duncan, Neier, Ratkowski and Stammer – are the children of firefighters or police.

Click here to learn more about scholarship opportunities for USBC Youth bowlers.

Herbert Bickel

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