Ed Bitz Scholarship
AMOUNT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
Two $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any umpire member of a Provincial/Territorial (P/T) Association who is registered with Softball Canada and who is entering the first, second year or subsequent year of a post-secondary educational institution is eligible for this scholarship. The applicant must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident.
TIME OF APPLICATION
A call for nominations will be sent out by Softball Canada in the January to mid-February time period. All nominations must be received by Softball Canada no later than March 1. Only applications on the Ed Bitz Scholarship application form accompanied by the required letters of support and received by the deadline will be considered.
- The applicant must be a member in good standing with their Provincial/Territorial (P/T) Association for at least three (3) consecutive calendar years including the year of application.
- Applications will be sent directly to the Softball Canada office. Softball Canada will verify the "Member in good standing" as above with P/T Associations before forwarding to the Officiating Development Committee (ODC) for selection. The ODC selection will then be forwarded to the Softball Canada Board of Directors for final approval.
- The applicant must have strong academic standing, including a letter of support from a school, teacher or professor and a letter of support from a community leader.
- Candidates will be asked to explain how the scholarship will benefit them.
The Officiating Development Committee (ODC) will act as the selection committee for this scholarship.
TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE AWARD
The award recipient will be notified in July. In Blue Convention years, the announcement will take place at the Blue Convention Awards Dinner. In the years when the Blue Convention does not take place, the recipient will be announced at the Softball Canada Congress.
PAYMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship will be paid in September upon presentation of proof of registration for the first, second or subsequent year at the post-secondary institution named in recipient's application. The applicant/recipient may change institutions from the one named in his/her application at any time before or after the awarding of the scholarship, providing notification of the ODC.
Applications are to be distributed through P/T Associations and Softball Canada and will be promoted in Between the Lines and on the Softball Canada website.
Voluntary donations from Blue Convention instructors (Convention Registration Fee), fundraising at the Blue Convention and other donations.
DEFINITION OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
Certified Educational School - Course to be a minimum of two (2) years duration leading to a degree or diploma.
2016 Ed Bitz Scholarship Recipient
Awarded to: Jayme Menard (MB) and Francais Olexa (ON) - for the 2016/17 School Year
Previous Ed Bitz Scholarship Recipients:
2015 - Amanda Dunnigan (AB) and Matthew Mills (ON)
2014 - Emma Rose Jerome Smith (AB) and Wendi Winter (ON)
2013 - Benjamin Rudson (BC) and Johann Edward Cherry (BC)
2012 - Kelly Siobhan Rauhut (ON)
2011 - Justin Greatrix (ON)
2010 - Stephen Sciuto (ON)
2008 - Matt Allen (ON)
2007 - Sébastien Giguère (QC) and Andrea Perez-Leon (BC)
2006 - Josh Hamilton (ON)
2005 - Andrew Thompson (ON)
2004 - Alyson Kenny (ON) and Sarah Smiley (AB)
2003 - Annie Michaud (QC) and Matthew Bokor (ON)