Receives Welu Scholarship
JULY 28, 2014 – The PBA announced today that Melanie Hannon, a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University and $4,000 scholarship recipient from the NYS USBC in 2013, has been awarded the PBA’s Billy Welu Scholarship Award for 2014.
The Welu scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence.
Hannon, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has had a very productive year in 2014 earning NCAA and Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year honors as well as First Team All-America honors bowling for the FDU Knights. The 18-year-old also earned a spot on Junior Team USA 2015 as top qualifier in the U20 division of the 2014 USBC Junior Gold Championships (see the article in the News section of this website).
She was selected to the Dexter High School All-America Team in 2010-11 and in 2011 and 2012 was a Teen Masters finalist. Locally, she was named the Greater Buffalo USBC Female Bowler of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She has been involved with the Greater Buffalo USBC Youth Leaders since 2007, serving as president from 2010-2013. She received USBC’s Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award in 2013.
Among her other bowling accomplishments include three New York State Pepsi Tournament titles (2011, 2012 and 2013), 2011 North Pointe Singles Championship title, and a top finish of sixth in the Junior Gold Championships which came in 2013.
“I’m very honored to win a scholarship where you know there are so many other great candidates who are being considered for it,” Hannon said. “Bowling has been very important to me not only because of the lessons I’ve learned in the sport but what it has also taught me in life including the importance of qualities such as teamwork, persistence and determination.”
Hannon, who is studying nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson, holds a 3.76 GPA and is a member of the honor roll.
She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent.
Welu, who passed away in 1974, was best known for his expert analysis alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel on the “Pro Bowlers Tour” series. Welu was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class in 1975.
2014 NYS Youth Leader Honorees
NYS YOUTH LEADER AWARDS: Taking part in the NYS Youth Leader award presentation at the 2014 NYS USBC Annual Meeting on Saturday (May 31) in Binghamton are, from left, Daniel Passonno of Watervliet, NYS Youth Leaders president; Anthony Pellegrino of Staten Island, Coach of the Year; Tony Cioffoletti of Staten Island, Bridging of the Gap Award winner; and Jessica Cunningham of Troy, who assisted Daniel with the Advancement and Retirement of Colors. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.
Youth Processing Changes to Begin on Aug. 1, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and United States Bowling Congress (USBC) are making an unprecedented investment in the growth of youth bowling by committing $5 million in support of a new youth membership and activation program. The new program significantly lowers cost for families and establishes a bowling industry field staff dedicated to youth initiatives.
Beginning August 1, 2014, the new USBC Youth membership will be offered by International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development at a price of $4. The new membership includes a membership card, a certified average and the eligibility to participate in USBC certified events. All current base USBC Youth membership products will be discontinued. Simple upgrade options for Bowlopolis and Junior Gold programs will remain.
Bowling centers, rather than USBC local associations, will have processing responsibility under the new program. If a center operator and USBC local association have a good customer service system and prefer to continue association processing, the center and association are encouraged to collaborate on details of a mutually beneficial partnership.
CLICK HERE to read more about the coming changes.
CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the changes.
NYS Youth Leaders
Officers for 2013-14
President — Daniel Passonno, Watervliet, email@example.com
1st Vice President — Courtney Gervais, Staten Island, firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Vice President — Ashley Martinez, Staten Island, email@example.com
Secretary-Treasurer — Mariah Williams, Bloomington, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergeant-at-Arms — Autumn Rivet, Cohoes, email@example.com
Advisor — Judith Phillips, Kingston, firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor — Nancy Howell, Kingston, email@example.com
USBC Junior Gold Competition
Doesn’t Violate NYSPHSAA Rules
FEBRUARY 17, 2012 – Reacting to questions about amateur status and participation in USBC youth tournaments, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has issued an interpretation that during the 2011-12 school year, participation in a USBC North Point Junior Gold Qualifier and/or qualifying for and participating in the USBC North Pointe Junior Gold Championship will not violate the NYSPHSAA Amateur Rule.
The NYSPHSAA rule states, in part, that a student athlete forfeits his or her amateur status in a sport by “competing for money or other compensation (allowable travel, meals, and lodging expenses may be accepted)”. With this interpretation, the NYSPHSAA is saying that USBC Junior Gold competition is permissible under its rules.
Representatives from NYSPHSAA and USBC will be working together to ensure participation in these types of events will not violate high school eligibility rules and regulations.
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