SABR Negro Leagues Committee awards $1,000 scholarships in 2018 essay contest

SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee was pleased to award $1,000 scholarships to four high school seniors in its 10th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2018.

Marith Anderson, a graduate of Rush-Henrietta Senior High School in Henrietta, New York, was awarded the Rube Foster Scholarship. Marith’s research allowed her to learn more about the incredible heritage of the Negro Leagues and about Foster, a legendary pitcher-turned-visionary that she believes too few people know about today. A member of National Honor Society and Tri-M National Music Honor Society, Marith has been interested in learning more about other people her entire life. Whether volunteering to support Camp Invention, Vacation Bible School, or the local food cupboard, she also enjoys assessing a need and pitching in to help. During high school, Marith was active in the music program, taking part in Celtic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, and Bel Canto Singers. She will continue to pursue her passion for music, and foster her love of people, at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. She plans to study psychology.

Kasey Fung, a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, was awarded the Jimmie Crutchfield Scholarship. Kasey will be an incoming freshman at Columbia University in New York City and she is planning to major in Neuroscience and Behavior and minor in the Classics. She enjoys dancing, skiing, running, and advocating and spreading awareness of social justice issues.

Dallas Lim, a graduate of Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, was awarded the Robert Peterson Scholarship. She was vice president of Key Club, tutored elementary school students, earned top academic honors, and was awarded AP Scholar with Distinction. In addition to her academic and volunteering activities, Dallas is also Ambassador to Girl Up, a female empowerment club, and swam competitively for eight years. She began attending Emory University in Atlanta last fall.

Kiaran Octavius Turner, a graduate of Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, Florida, was awarded the Tweed Webb Scholarship. He has been accepted to Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he will major in Communications. His long-term goal is to become a successful journalist and commentator. Journalism has always been a field of interest to him because he considers himself to be naturally inquisitive and is also easily entertained with the slightest stories. His desire is to become an authentic, reliable, and respected commentator and journalist with an emphasis on giving back to society with his words.

The contest was open to high school seniors and carrying a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the end of their junior year. Students had to write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

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Originally published: January 9, 2019. Last Updated: January 9, 2019.