Negro Leagues Committee awards $2,500 scholarships in 2012 essay contest

SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee is pleased to award $2,500 scholarships to two 2012 high school seniors in its fourth annual national essay contest.

Katarina Nguyen of Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington, and Michael Zoorob of Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, were selected as the winners.

The contest was open to high school seniors planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of their junior year. Students had to write a 1,000-word essay answering one of the following questions: “What influence or impact did the Negro Leagues have on African American communities?” or “What is the legacy of Rube Foster?”

Nguyen’s essay was “The Negro Leagues: The Battle Beyond the Fields”. She plans to major in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Zoorob’s essay was “The Negro Leagues: Hitting a Home Run For Civil Rights.” He intends to study political science and economics at Vanderbilt University with the intention of going to law school.

The selection committee was comprised of Tom Garrett, Stephanie Liscio and Mel May.

The students will be recognized at the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, July 19-21, 2012, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Registration information and details can be found at

The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference is the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination of black baseball history.

Originally published: May 10, 2012. Last Updated: April 22, 2020.