Scholarships For Dixie Youth Baseball
History of DYB Scholarships,
From the very beginning, the leaders of Dixie Youth Baseball knew they wanted to
develop a college scholarship program that would help former players obtain a college
education. There wasn't much money in the beginning. The first eligible players graduated in
1961, one $500 scholarship and one $250 scholarship were awarded. And from its modest
beginning, the scholarship program has grown into an impressive venture in awarding
scholarships to college freshmen. While the scholarship awards began with modest awards in 1961, Dixie Youth Baseball now awards seventy (70) $2,000 scholarships annually. Total awards since inception of the scholarship program now number 1,184 with an aggregate value of $2,136,950. Dixie Youth funds its scholarships through interest on funds earmarked for DYB, scholarships, new donations received annually, and any surplus funds transferred from the general operating funds of the program. Qualifications are simple; actually, here is only one qualification – the person must have at one time played in a Dixie Youth Baseball league. There is no relationship between the award of a scholarship and athletic ability. In the selection process, the Scholarship Committee, composed of National Directors, does give weight to such other factors as financial need, scholastic record and citizenship. Only students entering college for the first time may apply for a scholarship. In 2005, during Dixie Youth Baseball's 50th Anniversary, fifty (50) scholarships were awarded. In 2006, sixty (60) DYB Scholarship awards were granted, seventy (70) scholarships were awarded in 2007, sixty-five (65) scholarships were awarded in 2008 and seventy (70) scholarships were awarded in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 seventy five (75) scholarships will be awarded. The total cumulative DYB scholarship awards by state are: North Carolina 166, South Carolina 155, Tennessee 146, Alabama 139, Louisiana 117, Mississippi 109, Texas 101, Florida 75, Virginia 66, Georgia 64 and Arkansas 46.