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Bill Niswander Memorial Scholarship


Bill Niswander worked tirelessly for many years using baseball as a means to shape young people into the adults they would become. Each summer Smithville Diamonds hosts a baseball tournament to honor his memory and carry on his life’s work. Proceeds from these tournaments are being set aside to fund an annual scholarship in Bill’s name to further develop the young people he cared so much about.

In 2015, Smithville Diamonds is granting up to two $500 scholarships to high school seniors from the Bloomington area that have been positively influenced by youth baseball/ softball. To receive consideration for the Bill Niswander Memorial Scholarship, seniors must submit the following:

Cover Letter

  • Name, address, phone number and email address

  • College or University attending Fall of 2015

  • Planned course of study

  • Youth Baseball/Softball league participated in

  • Years or ages participated in youth baseball/softball


  • 1500 words or less

  • Theme “Baseball/Softball taught me…”

Cover letter and essay must be received by March 31, 2015. Please submit to:

Smithville Diamonds, Inc.
ATTN: 2015 Bill Niswander Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 13
Smithville, IN 47458

Winners will be asked to attend the Bill Niswander Memorial Tournament in June to accept the scholarship. By submitting an essay, the student gives Smithville Diamond, Inc. permission to use the essay or excerpts from the essay for promotional purposes in marketing material.


Past Recipients
2014 Ashley Egan
2014 AJ Hartman