Two $500 scholarships — one to a graduating Billings Royal and one to a graduating Billings Scarlet — are awarded annually by the Brian R. Kunn Memorial Scholarship Committee. The scholarships must be used for continuing education. The committee selects recipients based on qualities fitting of an “Ambassador of Billings Baseball.” Players must submit a written application to the scholarship committee chairman to be considered.
The Kunn scholarship fund was established by friends and family of Brian, who passed away after a battle with cancer. Brian played four seasons with BALB (1977-80) and was a member of the 1979 Scarlets state championship team. He continued his baseball dream as coach of the Missoula Mavericks from 1982-87, starting as coach of the “B” team and later becoming head coach. Brian and the Mavericks won the state championship in 1984.
The application deadline for the Brian Kunn scholarship is May 29 of each year.
The Mike Kuehn Memorial Scholarship Committee awards two $500 scholarships annually — one to a graduating Billings Royal and one to a graduating Billings Scarlet. Awards must be used for continuing education and are based on need and on qualities fitting dedicated and passionate players who exemplify hard work and commitment to be their best. To apply, write a personal essay that includes a request for consideration and a summary of your accomplishments, grades, contributions to the community, and future goals. Mail the essay, along with your contact information, to:
421 Lordwith Drive #3
Billings, Montana 59102
The application deadline for the scholarships is May 25 of each year and awards are made at the Annual Legion Against Cancer night featuring the Royals and Scarlets.
The Mike Kuehn scholarship fund was established by friends and family of Mike, a loyal husband, loving father, and wonderful friend who passed away in 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Mike played three seasons with the Billings Royals (1980-82) and was a member of the 1980 Royals state championship team. He continued his support of Legion baseball and threw out the first pitch to his son Brandon at the first annual Legion Against Cancer night at Dehler Park. It was a special moment for the Kuehn family.
A 45-year member of American Legion Post 4 in Billings, Les Krieg lost his battle with cancer in December 2013. Les was passionate about life, family, his country, American Legion baseball, and the Boy Scouts of America. He was one of the founders of Stewart Park and was an active member of the Al Bedoo Shriners, participating in the Hospital Corp and Greeters.
Post 4 established the Les Krieg scholarships in honor of Les in 2014. Two $500 scholarships are awarded annually to BALB players to further their education. All BALB high school seniors who are pursuing a post-secondary undergraduate degree are eligible.
To apply, write a personal essay that includes a request for consideration and a summary of your accomplishments, grades, contributions to the community, and future goals. Mail the essay, along with your contact information, to:
2134 Lewis Avenue
Billings, Montana 59102
Applications must be postmarked and received no later than June 1 of the award year. Awardees will be chosen by the Les Krieg Memorial Committee, and all decisions are final. Recipients will be notified via mail and recognized on BALB Senior Night.
Initiated in 2014, two $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually by the board to graduating seniors: one to a Royals player and one to a Scarlets player. Recipients are selected by the board, and scholarships must be used for educational expenses. The scholarships are awarded on BALB Senior Night.
To apply, 1) write an essay on the topic “What I have learned playing baseball for Billings American Legion Baseball and how these lessons will apply to my future,” and 2) develop a resume answering these questions, along with any additional information that will help the board get to know you (e.g., struggles, hobbies, life experiences, defining moments, achievements):
Submit the resume and essay to email@example.com no later than June 15.
Annually, each American Legion Department (State) headquarters selects one player from a post*-sponsored American Legion baseball program in its state to receive a $500 scholarship from The American Legion. To be eligible, a player must have graduated from high school by the application deadline and must be on the roster of an American Legion baseball team. Applicants must submit a completed application form, along with letters of recommendation from his legion coach, the commander of his team’s American Legion post sponsor, and a community leader.
Winners at the state level are automatically considered for The American Legion All-Academic Team sponsored by Diamond Sports. Eight players selected by a scholarship selection committee will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship, to be awarded at The American Legion Baseball World Series.
Application instructions and information on how scholarship funds can be used are on the application form.
*American Legion post