Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2019

SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 11th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2019. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

Click on a link below to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.

The Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship will honor one high school senior with a $1,000 prize and give out one $500 award for special recognition. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.

Eligible applicants must be 1) a current high school senior, 2) anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application, 3) planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, and 4) carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

Please mail or email: 1) completed application, 2) a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator, 3) lists of high school & community activities, and 4) the 1,200 word essay. All applications must be sent or postmarked no later than April 15, 2019 and mailed to Dr. Leslie Heaphy (, Kent State University at Stark Campus, 6000 Frank Rd., North Canton, OH 44720.

Questions can also be addressed to the scholarship committee judges: Philip Ross (, Mel May (, Michelle Freeman (, Stephanie Liscio (, and Derrick Jones (

Each year, the SABR Negro Leagues Committee targets monies to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.


Originally published: December 13, 2018. Last Updated: December 13, 2018.