For The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT— St. Ambrose University has teamed up with the Quad City River Bandits minor league baseball club to offer a Bandits Scholar Program.
At a Nov. 28 news conference, St. Ambrose University President Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, joined River Bandits owner Dave Heller in announcing the agreement.
The first scholarship will be awarded to a current St. Ambrose sophomore and will help cover the cost of that student’s tuition for the junior academic year. It also will include a paid internship with the Bandits the following summer.
The scholarship is open to eligible students in any major, but should be especially attractive to students majoring in sports management, marketing and management. Eligible students must reside in the Iowa counties of Cedar, Muscatine or Scott or the Illinois counties of Henry, Mercer, Rock Island or Whiteside.
“This scholarship helps our students afford a quality education and also provides an important part of their college experience with an internship — and, most importantly, a paid internship,” Sr. Lescinski said. She noted that St. Ambrose has a long history of providing experiential learning for its students and has plans on making internships and real-world experience a key component of every student’s education. “This partnership is another example of our commitment to collaborating with local businesses and corporations to make the Quad Cities an even better place to live and work.”
St. Ambrose joins Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.) and Western Illinois University in the Bandits Scholars Program, which now will offer a combined $60,000 value for three annual scholarship recipients.
“Giving away these scholarships is the single-most enjoyable thing I do as owner of the River Bandits,” said Heller, who established the program in 2009. “This scholarship program is meant to enhance the Quad Cities, and St. Ambrose is one of the finest educational institutions in Iowa. They epitomize all that is great about our community and our region.”