Scholarships

Welcome to the IBMA Chuck Pezzano Scholarship

Presented by the Billiards and Bowling Institute of America

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If you are a High School Senior or College Student who may be interested in a part– or full-time career writing about the sport of bowling click HERE for the full criteria and eligibility for the Scholarship Award.

View Press Release - January 10, 2017

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2017 Winner – James (Jimmy) J. Sullivan, $5,000.00

Sullivan, a high school senior who hails from Dumont, New Jersey, will be attending Fordham University in the fall of 2017. In his essay, he noted the aspects of bowling that drew him to the sport and kept him competing throughout high school. He joined the bowling team at the start of his freshman year. "I was struggling to make new friends, and I was very unsure about life in general as high school began. After meeting the coach and previously knowing some of the members of the bowling team, I decided to become involved," Sullivan said. "I had bowled competitively since the fifth grade but my reasons for joining the Bergen Catholic High School bowling team were less about competition and more about making friends. Bowling afforded that, and I keep in touch with many of the same people I bowled with when I started high school."Sullivan, a high school senior who hails from Dumont, New Jersey, will be attending Fordham University in the fall of 2017. In his essay, he noted the aspects of bowling that drew him to the sport and kept him competing throughout high school. He joined the bowling team at the start of his freshman year. "I was struggling to make new friends, and I was very unsure about life in general as high school began. After meeting the coach and previously knowing some of the members of the bowling team, I decided to become involved," Sullivan said. "I had bowled competitively since the fifth grade but my reasons for joining the Bergen Catholic High School bowling team were less about competition and more about making friends. Bowling afforded that, and I keep in touch with many of the same people I bowled with when I started high school."

James Sullivan


Pezzano Scholarship Winners

2017 - James (Jimmy) J. Sullivan, Dumont, New Jersey
2016 - none awarded
2015 - Darian Miller, Slidell, LA
2014 - None awarded
2013 - Ben Breuner,Kentfield, CA, Melissa Sobolik, Marian, IA,Matthew Perry, Shelton, CT
2012 - Stephanie Sims, Garland, TX; Blair Blumenscheid, Columbus, OH; Samantha Chong, San Jose, CA
2011 - Matthew Perry, Shelton, CT; Kenny Martin, Pacifica, CA; Phillip Brylow, Waukesha, WI
2010 - Lydia Rypcinski, Chicago, IL; Blair Blumenscheid, Ohio; Ryan Miller, Machensey Park, IL
2009 – Thomas Madrecki , Northbrook, IL, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, NY, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, NV, Michelle Todisco, West Chester, PA
2008– Thomas Madrecki, Northbrook, IL and Liz Sautter. Sunnyvale, CA
2007 – James Buonaiuto, Queens, NY and Patricia Pringle, Antioch, IL
2006 – Michael Menera, Tampa, FL and Justine Fields, Roslyn Heights, NY
2005 – Grant Engels, Hollywood, FL and Amanda Pezzano, Hawthorne, NJ
2004 – Amanda Reyes, Henderson, NV
2003 – Marc D’Errico, Rochester, NY and Amanda Pezzano, Hawthorne, NJ
2002 – Marc D’Errico, Rochester, NY
2001 – Melissa (Missy) Bellinder, Fullerton, CA
2000 – Jimmy Wulf, Albuquerque, NM and Shauna Van Meter, Albuquerque, NM