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Columbia 300 Extends Deadline for John Jowdy Scholarship

Columbia 300 has extended the deadline for the 2013 John Jowdy Scholarship to November 1 to allow students more time to submit their applications.

The John Jowdy Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior who is actively involved in the sport of bowling. All interested parties must submit a completed application and required attachments. Award recipients are selected based upon information provided through a complete application form and will be required to forward transcripts upon official notification of award. The amount of the scholarship award is $500 per year, for up to 4 years of post-secondary education. The award recipients MUST maintain a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 system) to retain the yearly scholarship.

The scholarship’s namesake, the late John Jowdy, was an institution in the bowling industry at many levels. Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1988 and the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2001 for meritorious service to the game, he was an instructor to many PBA champions and hundreds of others, a Columbia 300 sales representative and a bowling writer. Easily identifiable at PBA Tour sites, he attended more PBA tournaments during his lifetime than all but a few players and PBA staff members. Jowdy passed away recently, but was an avid supporter of the scholarship and proud to be involved with it.

“John’s legacy with Columbia 300 and the bowling world means a great deal to a lot of us,” explained Columbia 300 Brand Manager Bugsy Kelly. “We’re working to preserve that heritage with this scholarship, and by extending the deadlines, we will be able to allow more students the opportunity to apply.”

More information on the scholarship can be found here.

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