Scholarship awarded

by Bob Johnson 0

Joe Phillips of Fond du Lac, Wis., has been named the recipient of the USBC's Zeb Scholarship for 2010.

The Zeb is awarded to a USBC Youth member who achieves academic success and gives back to the community through service. Inaugurated in 2005, the award is named for Jim Zebehazy, who served as executive director of the Young American Bowling Alliance from 1996 through 2004.

“I was extremely honored and excited when I heard the news,” Phillips said. “I’m certain there were many qualified applicants. I have always had fun learning new bowling skills and bowling in my Saturday morning league for the past nine years.”
Phillips attends St. Mary’

s Springs High School and will be valedictorian of the 2010 class that graduates in June. He has a 4.27 grade-point average based on a 4.0 scale. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was named Most Outstanding Student in the areas of Social Studies, Mathematics, English, Theology, Vocal Music and Health.

Phillips is an Eagle Scout and served as a mentor to younger Boy Scouts as part of the Senior Patrol Leader Program. For his Eagle Scout project, he collected more than 2,900 unserviceable flags and organized a formal flag retirement ceremony that included representation from the U.S. Congress, Wisconsin state legislature, county and city governments, as well as representatives from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Marine Corps League.

Through his church, Phillips has been on youth mission trips where he has assisted in hurricane relief in Mississippi and painted homes on an Indian reservation in Minnesota.

The scholarship is valued at $2,500.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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