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UNFORTUNATELY - because of the Coronavirus health crisis and current school closings, plus uncertainly as to when schools will re-open, Scholarships for the spring of 2020 have been postponed until spring 2021. Please follow our web site for future announcements. 

NEW :  In addition to our normal high school scholarship program, BSI in co-operation with the World Affairs Council of America, Pittsburgh branch, college student projects will take place in the spring semester of 2021, whereby students can be considered for honorarium considerations. For more information, follow announcements here and through your respective college.


A SUCCESS. Our project in co-operation with the World Affairs Council of Pgh was a success. We hosted a Student Leadership Forum at Robert Morris Univ. Nearly 150 high school seniors and faculty members from 14 area school districts took part. We arranged for 3 great presenters- US Congressman Conor Lamb; Jessica Friedrichs (Carlow University) and a former French Consul Jean-Pierre Collet and they covered the importance of US alliances, diplomacy and volunteerism -at home and abroad. Leo Trich was very impressed by the students and how interested they were in world engagement. That was our goal. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED and to all who helped make it possible. Five $1000 scholarships, $1000 each, will be awarded. Selections will be made from among those who attended.  
Those selected : Madeline Ganoe (Rotary Club of Pgh Award); Atharv Bhave (Washington Co. Chamber of Commerce Award); Michael Koroly (North Franklin Twp. Business and Recreation Authority Award); Olivia Estright (BSI Larry Kushner Award) and Rhea Karim (BSI Leaders Award) 

The selection committee followed this format - selection based (1) on school/community leadership involvement, (2) Volunteerism, (3) financial need and (4) scholastic achievements (grades     


Ballpark Scholarship Inc, (BSI) was founded in 2001 and is a non-profit volunteer organization. We are devoted to supporting the further education of young athletes from Western Pennsylvania and to promote their leadership in the community. Although the original mission included the building of profession sports venue (Home of the Washington Wild Things), as a way to promote economic development and enhance the quality of life through sports entertainment, that mission also includes providing college scholarships. In doing so, we assist area high school seniors further their education. In addition, BSI wants to reward and promote area athletes who show leadership traits and a desire to help their schools and community, by volunteering their time to help others.

Please look over our website and see how you might help us in our mission.  We encourage you to part in our efforts. Join us our mission -   EDUCATION & LEADRESHIP Through SPORTS.
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What We Do

Sports Promotion

BSI will continue to assist sports programs that help provide great experiences for the young people involved - as well as help provide sports related community activities designed to entertain area residents.

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Provide Scholarships

BSI provides scholarships to area student athletes to help them further their education at the college or r trade/technical school level . Western PA High school seniors can earn $1000 grants. In addition college students can earn honorariums for specific projects. Applications can be requested by sending an email to or by checking with your local HS athletic director.

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Leadership Promotion

BSI believes that student leadership - on the field and off - is important. For that reason, not only is that one of the aspects considered for scholarship winners, we are now planning leadership programs to urge students to become active in school and community activities. BSI plans to co-operate with and assist programs sponsored by others, who share our goal of promoting volunteerism and leadership.

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Our History and Goals


  •  12/1/2020 01:00 PM - 5/31/2021 01:00 PM

In addition to our normal high school scholarship program, BSI in co-operation with the World Affairs Council of America, Pittsburgh branch, college student projects will take place in the spring semester of 2021, whereby students can be considered for honorarium considerations. For more information, follow announcements here and through your respective college.

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  •  10/7/2019 10:00 AM
  •   Robert Morris University

THIS EVENT IS NOW FILLED - Area high schools are being contacted about the BSI Student Leadership Forum to be held on Monday Oct 7 from 10 am thru 2 pm at a Pittsburgh area university. This event, will be free to area high school seniors. The theme of the forum will be the "importance of better understanding world affairs" and in the "active engagement with others around the world". As future leaders in government and business, it will be today's students, who will play a major role for America on the world stage.

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  •  5/1/2019 01:00 AM

The independent selection committee that will make their decision known, as to who was selected as the recipients of the 2019 BSI Scholarships.

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Who Is Eligible For BSI College Scholarships

Any high school student in Western PA, who participates in any varsity sport, is eligible. They must be a senior, who is planning on furthering their education at college level. 

What are some of the projects BSI is planning ?

BSI is anxious to get moving on a number of projects - 
* Plans for our 2020 Scholarship program (deadline for receiving applications April 15, 2020).
* We are also working in partnership with a major health organization to assist with a baseball showcase to be held this summer (June 26). It will be for area ball players who are high school Sophomores and Juniors.
* This fall (2019) BSI will be announcing it's new student athlete Leadership Awards program. It will be open to all area senior sports participants (from any sport) with a major emphasis on those students who show involvement in school, community and  volunteer activities -- and their willingness to learn more about world events. 

How Can I Obtain A Scholarship Application

You can receive an application by sending your name and mailing address to us by email:   Applications will also be made available to area high school Athletic Directors and through high school guidance counselors. 

What will scholarship applicants be judged on?

Criteria will include academics, school and community involvement and leadership traits. All students must be members of a high school varsity baseball or softball program.     

How can I get invloved in helping BSI

We are always looking for people willing to volunteer their time to assist us with our projects. If you would like to see how you might take part - please contact us at      

What are the deadline dates for 2020 Scholarships ?

SORRY Spring 2020 Scholarships are postponed : Application we be available as of February 1, 2020.  Students who want to be considered for 2020 BSI Scholarships MUST have their completed applications returned by APRIL 15. Winners of these scholarships will be announced on MAY 1.  

Who will select the Scholarship Winners?

Each scholarship cycle, a group of local education, sports and business people are asked to serve on a "independent selection committee" to evaluate the applications and select the winners.
 It should be noted that any student who is related to a BSI Board member or a member of the independent selection committee, WILL NOT be eligible for BSI Scholarships.

If I donate to BSI, is it a charitable tax deduction?

The short answer is YES !  Ballpark Scholarships Inc (BSI) is a non-profit 501(c-3) charity, recognized as such by the I.R.S at the Federal level and that the state level as well.  Certainly and all financial contributions - or in-kind donations are very welcome. And you can be assured all donations will be put into our programs - designed to help young people.  Please contact by email us if you are interested in making a donation.

In the News

In the News !

In the News !

BSI Scholarship Award winners for spring 2019 have been announced. They are Cameron Meier and Skylar Hutchins - the first two girl softball players to be selected. Also named was Abram King. This year's awards are named in honor of long-time educator and sports enthusiast Larry Kushner, who passed away early this year. Larry had been as strong supporter of BSI projects and will be greatly missed. Congratulations to our 2019 award recipients. **(2020 scholarship program were postponed because of Covid-19 school closings)

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New Student Leadership Awards program coming...

New Student Leadership Awards program coming...

A new Leadership Awards program is being initiated this fall (2019) - and will be open to area seniors who play ANY sport. Special projects that will allow for the awarding of scholarships is in the works. THIS EVENT IS NOW FILLED

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Our Volunteer Board

Our Volunteer Board
The BSI Board is made up of volunteers. 
The current board consists of Leo Trich, Jr, President/Founder, Jon Celani - Sec/Trea. , Patrick Sadler and Ricci Rich.

Former BSI Board members include :  
Phil Hamilton, Michael Smith, Anthony Nicolella, Dr. Ed Roman,  J. Barry Stout,  Pete Daley


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