American Legion Baseball, Department of Michigan, announced the recipients of two scholarships at its 2018 Class AA State Tournament held July 26-28 in Sault Ste. Marie. The scholarships are awarded yearly to American Legion Baseball team member applicants for their academic achievements, community involvement, and athletic achievements both in skill and sportsmanship.
Andrew Hribar, a graduating senior from Adrian High School, is the Department of Michigan’s pick to compete for The American Legion All-Academic Team sponsored by Diamond Sports.
Hribar, who will study sports management at Adrian College, is recognized as a quiet leader who has been active in several sports throughout high school. He volunteered at Alexander Elementary teaching, reading to, and mentoring kindergarten and first-grade students. Hribar played Legion Baseball for four years on the Adrian Post 275 team and plans on playing college baseball at Adrian.
Clark Nelson, a graduating senior from Clinton High School, is this year’s recipient of the Robert Turner Baseball Scholarship. Nelson has been a member of the Adrian Post 275 team for two years.
In addition to a high school sports career in three sports, he is a Special Olympics volunteer and also mentored a special needs elementary student each week. Nelson will attend Jackson College, where he plans to major in finance and continue to play baseball.
The Turner scholarship is named after Robert (Bob) Turner, who was born in 1922 in Woodsfield, Ohio, and moved to Crystal Mountain in 1935. Turner served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942-1946. He received a Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Star, and an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. In the mid-1970s his oldest son Bryce played Michigan American Legion Baseball. Turner supported the team by attending many of the games and was a life-long fan of baseball. The
scholarship was established in honor of his life and memory and is meant to support and invest in young players as they seek to fulfill their dreams in the years ahead.
There are 35 American Legion Baseball teams in Michigan, serving more than 500 players. The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.