Earl Anthony scholarships announced

ARLINGTON, Texas - Five youth bowlers have been selected to receive the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship in recognition of their academic achievement and community involvement.

The United States Bowling Congress annually selects USBC Youth bowlers for the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship and each receives a $5,000 scholarship. This year's recipients are:

* Jordan Finney of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
* Colleen Moore of Deerfield, N.Y.
* Weslie Shannon of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
* Stephanie Sims of Garland, Texas
* Allyson Stanton of San Antonio, Texas

Finney was valedictorian of the 2012 class at Lake City High School with a 4.559 weighted grade-point average (4.0 scale). She had 1,600 hours of volunteer work at Kootenai Medical Center, was named the 2012 Idaho Hospital Association's Junior Volunteer of the Year and received the Kids Incorporated Award for outstanding service to Alzheimer's patients. She also is a Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship winner.

Finney's grandparents owned a bowling center, and she said their passion for the sport and wanting to provide a place for the community to share in that passion was an inspiration. She plans to attend Hillsdale College in Michigan in the fall.

Moore is a 2012 graduate of Whitesboro High School where she had a 97.38 GPA (100-point scale). She was a National Honor Society member, secretary of the student council, flute/piccolo principal player for the school's symphonic band and orchestra, and a member of the bowling team, including the last two as captain.

She did a volunteer internship with the Oneida County public defender's office, was a Youth Empowerment Project Volunteer for six years, and is a volunteer/participant in the Ted Moore "None for the Road" Run/Walk, an annual event to raise awareness of drinking and driving that started in 1998 in memory of her father. She plans to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.

Shannon recently graduated from Siegel High School, and will attend the University of Alabama Birmingham in the fall and plans to attend medical school. She was a National Honor Society member, and participated in several clubs, including the Health Occupation Students of America. She also was a member of the bowling team her junior and senior years.

She volunteered at the Rutherford Emergency Food Bank. Shannon said she would do volunteer work at least once a month with her father, and they put together a charity golf tournament and silent auction that took three months to prepare but raised $13,000.

Sims recently graduated from Fairhill School where she was a member of the National Honor and National Spanish Honor societies, and, as a teacher intern, worked with first and second graders who have learning disabilities. She was a three-year member of the bowling team, recruiting enough girls to form the team in the 10th grade, and has signed to bowl at Stephen F. Austin University in the fall.

She volunteered two weeks each summer of high school for the children's camp at the Bridgeport United Methodist Camp, serving as a counselor for 10-14 young girls at each camp. She also is president of the Dallas USBC Travel League and has helped with many fundraisers at the Plano Super Bowl bowling center.

Stanton is a 2012 graduate of John Jay High School where she was a member of the National Honor, Spanish Honor and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors societies. She took part in several science competitions, being named a finalist at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad in 2009 and 2011, and receiving honorable mention in 2010. She did several academic research projects, including one with 900 Global bowling ball manufacturing in which she explored potential influences on bowling ball motion.

She was a founding member of the school's bowling program, worked on the school's beach cleanup program at Mustang Island in south Texas, and was a mentor for the middle school science fair workshop and the high school freshman camp.

USBC presents the scholarships in honor of legendary bowler Earl Anthony, one of the sport's great ambassadors who was dedicated to helping youth bowlers. The USBC Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship was launched in 2004.

Applicants must be USBC Youth members in their senior year of high school or enrolled in college, have a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and provide at least two letters of reference.

Go to BOWL.com/scholarships to learn more about the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships available through USBC.