Here is a final reminder for individuals interested in applying for one of the 70 scholarships offered by Dixie Youth Baseball. The recipients of these scholarships are chosen from the 11 states that are affiliated with Dixie Youth Baseball. Those states are Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
If you are a parent of a member of the 2014 high school graduating class and are interested in applying for a 2014 Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc. Scholarship, the application must be postmarked no later than midnight February 1, 2014. So, If your child was on the roster of a Dixie Youth baseball team for one season when they were between the ages of 8-12, then they are eligible to apply for one of the 70 scholarships being offered by Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc.
Havana, Chattahoochee and Quincy all have Dixie Youth franchises. If you know of a member of the 2014 graduating class, or a student who has moved to another location, that played Dixie Youth Baseball, please let them know about the deadline for these applications. Remember, they don't have to live in the area to still be eligible. See your school guidance counselor or go on line at www.dixie.org to obtain an application.
The scholarship program was established in 1961 to show a continued interest in former Dixie Youth players. Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc. is very proud that their scholarship program was the first offered by a youth baseball organization and to date has helped over 1,100 young men and women further their education. One of the driving forces behind this program was one of the founders of Dixie Youth Baseball, Tom Linton. Sadly, Linton passed away in 2010, but his vision of offering scholarships for former Dixie Youth players will continue to be carried on through the scholarship program and Dixie Youth Baseball.
The only qualifications necessary to apply for one of these scholarships is that the applicant be a senior in high school and must have participated in the Dixie Youth program as a player. Playing ability is not a factor as this is not an athletic scholarship. The award is paid to the university, college, or other institution of higher learning selected by the recipient.
A national committee composed of a member of the Board of Directors from each state reviews the applications and selects the recipients. Financial needs of the applicant’s family and the applicant's academic record are carefully considered. There are 11 members on the scholarship committee.
The funds for this program come from donations from businesses, individuals, leagues, district and state organizations. With continued support and prudent management, DYB expects to provide even more and better grants to future deserving graduates. With the 70 scholarships awarded in 2012 this program has been able to help 1,184 young men and women further their education, and since its inception in 1961 these scholarships have totaled more than $2,136,000. The State of Florida has had 75 recipients since the scholarship’s inception.
In the past seven years Gadsden County has received three of these scholarships, two at East Gadsden and one at West Gadsden High School. Wouldn’t it be great if this year we could add a fourth or maybe a fifth name to a Dixie Youth Scholarship from a Gadsden County school? It’s always an exciting time when one of the youth of our community is awarded this, or any other scholarship that might be available. It will at least give them a chance to get in the door and have a better chance at succeeding at the next level. As we all know, sometimes all it takes is getting one foot in the door and, the next thing you know, dreams can come true.
In 2013 the State of Florida sent in 37 applications. This was the highest number sent in by the state since 2009 when there were 28 applications from Florida. In a state as big as Florida there is a lot more than 37 young men and women graduating from high school that played Dixie Youth Baseball. Last year there were two applications sent in from Gadsden County.
There definitely are more than two seniors who played Dixie Youth Baseball in the Havana, Quincy and Chattahoochee Dixie Youth programs. So where are the applications? Even though sending in an application isn't a guarantee that a senior from our area will receive a scholarship, not sending one in for consideration gives them absolutely no chance at all of being considered.
Let's at least give the seniors in Gadsden County a shot at one by sending in an application by February 1, 2014. Good luck to all of the applicants. Hopefully the Herald will have a chance to put your name and picture in the paper in May 2014 when the recipients of the scholarships are announced.