Montana District 2: Bill Gianoulias Scholarship
The Bill Gianoulias Scholarship was established in 1998 in the honor of Mr. Bill Gianoulias who dedicated more than 30 years of his life to Little League Basbeall and Softball in Montana. Bill served as a President as well as District Adminsitrator for Montana District 2. He was instrumental in establishing some of the first Little League Softball programs in the Western United States. His dedication to the youth of Montana has touched the lives of many individuals. He was also essential in the advancement of many Little League Umpires aspiring to work Regional and World Series play. These umpires include current District Administrator Keith Miller, Assistant District Adminsitrator Hal Karl, as well as Mark Beckman, the current Executive Director of the Montana High School Association. Bill retired as the District Adminstrator of Montana District 2 in 1998, succeeded by Renny Malach of Missoula. Bill continues to be a strong influence in this Little League Family.
The Bill Gianoulias Scholarship was established in order to recognize and perpetuate his contributions to the community of Great Falls. The scholarship is open to all boys and girls who participated in Little League Baseball or Softball in Great Falls. High school seniors living in Great Falls are eligible to apply for the scholarship no matter what high school he or she attends. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from his or her Little League Coach and are judged in the following ares: Number of years played in Little league, Sportsmanship, and Leadership - with an emphasis on volunteerism. The following is a list of previous winners:
1999 Ben Myers & Amy Kohm
2000 Andrea Albrecht & Jennifer Heintz
2001 Jesse Sidor & Brian Romsa
2002 Christina Wankel & Michelle Reeves
2003 Jenna Reynolds & Alex Ferguson
2004 Jessica Jensen & Bobby Anderson
2005 Paul Gysberg & Genevieve Dupuis
2006 Andrea Boysun & Staci Welgum
2007 Ashley Mahoney & Shaun Tatarka
2008 Dani Lynn Dellla Rossa & Suzie Bartram
2009 Brady Kangas
2010 Ashley Keeler
2011 Jake Olson & Tyler Meadors
2012 Destin Wassmann
2013 Dalton Cook & Jess Della Rossa
2014 Mikaela Kynett & Cole Funseth
2015 Drew Brennan & Marina LaRoque
2016 Jaclyn Bates
2017 Harrison Faulk
This year's recipients was Harrison Faulk. Harrison is a graduate of CMR High School in Great Falls. He played his Little League days at Riverside Little Leauge in Great Falls. The Bill Gianoulias Scholarship aims to recognize not only those Little League graduates that have excelled in their sport, but those that have exemplified the Little League ideals of Character, Sportsmanship, and Leadership off of the field as well....Montana District 2 is proud of the accomplishments of this young man, and we look forward to hisfuture successes.
For more information on the Bill Gianoulias Scholarship or to make a donation, contact Danielle Funseth at 406-231-0136 or at email@example.com.