SMART Distributes $1 Million to Scholarship Providers’ Funds

by Bob Johnson 0

The Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins Corporation Board of Directors has announced it will make an income earnings distribution of $1 million to providers’ funds.

The distribution is for 2016 earnings. The SMART Board previously determined income distributions would take place each May.

Combined with the distribution of expired funds in 2016, the total distributed to providers within the past year is $3,913,923.

“We have been able to make significant distributions to providers over the past year, which will provide more opportunities for youth bowlers to earn scholarships,” SMART Corporation Board Chairman Wally Hall said. “The distribution from 2016 earnings is more than double what we have been able to provide the last few years, while we continue to maintain our conservative investment strategy.”

The SMART Board made a distribution of $1,881,597 from expired recipients in late 2016 and had a distribution of $1,032,326 from expired provider accounts. Under its terms and conditions, SMART can suspend or terminate a user’s account if a provider account becomes inactive, when a deposit or a funded list is not entered into the account during any five-year period. Activity does not include the return of expired funds from a recipient or earnings allocated to a provider from SMART.

The SMART Board places the largest portion of earned scholarships in safe securities, with remaining assets invested in a diversified portfolio expected to yield larger returns. The majority of investment income is distributed to participating organizations and providers, with a small portion used to cover administrative costs and investment fees.

Started by the United States Bowling Congress in 1994, the SMART program was a way to offer a centralized location to manage bowling scholarship funds, as well as provide USBC members with a resource for inquiries about bowling scholarships.

In 2010, the SMART Bowling Scholarship Funding Corporation was created as an independent entity dedicated to the management, protection and promotion of the SMART scholarship funds, with USBC staff overseeing the day-to-day operation of the program.

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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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