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Bandits, NY-Penn League step up for charity

The New York-Penn League and the Quad Cities River Bandits stepped up for charitable causes this week.

The New York-Penn League and the Quad Cities River Bandits stepped up for charitable causes this week.

The River Bandits awarded the first the Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship — a full scholarship to the University of Iowa and a summer internship with the River Bandits — to Bettendorf senior Amanda Stahle. Lucier was one of those guys you need in a baseball front office — passionate and a little larger than life — and his untimely demise, we're sure, is still felt by front-office folks and fans alike in the Quad Cities. The scholarship to his alma mater is a great commemoration of his life.

Meanwhile, the short-season New York-Penn League and its member clubs announced that the league’s philanthropic arm, the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, will award over $10,000 in scholarships this summer to deserving high school graduates from the league’s 14 markets.

In 2009, the NYPL Charitable Foundation launched its Scholarship Program and awarded three (3) one-time scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each. The program has been expanded in 2010 to include not only three winners of a $2,500 scholarship, but also 11 new awards of $250 each for books. The addition of the new awards ensures that the Charitable Foundation will be able to assist one student in all 14 NYPL markets.

The 2010 NYPL Scholarship Program is open to any graduating senior from a public or private high school, who has been accepted at any two or four-year college or university, vocational or technical education institution or program. The scholarship is based on academic performance and other criteria. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and also be engaged in extracurricular activities.

Applications are available by contacting your local New-York Penn League club or by visiting the “ABOUT” section of the official NYPL website, Deadline to submit the application to your local NYPL team is June 30, 2010 and each team’s winner, including the three $2,500 scholarship recipients, will be selected in late July and honored at a game in August.

“The New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation initiated the scholarship program in 2009 and the Foundation and our 14 member clubs are pleased to be able to expand the program even further this summer to assist several more deserving students as they embark on their college careers,” said Ben J. Hayes, President of the New York-Penn League. “The scholarship program is just one of many programs the Foundation and our 14 clubs sponsor as part of distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually back into our local communities.”

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