Recent News and Updates

July 18th, 2017

USBC Junior Gold Story

Bowling offers thousands in scholarships at world’s largest junior event


A picture on her bedside table reminds Mabel Cummins of the first time she got a scholarship.

The amount was small, but the lesson was clear.

“I think I got like $20,” she said. “Five years ago when I just started getting into bowling in more serious tournaments, even I didn’t think that there was that much money in bowling. Once I got into it, I realized, wow there are a lot of scholarship opportunities here.”

By continuing to compete in bowling, Cummins, who is now 15 and grew up in Alaska and now lives in Elburn, Ill., has upped her scholarship total to more than $25,000.

“Most people don’t expect there to be money in bowling because of the lack of publicity that it has gotten,” she said. “There’s so much money in bowling, it’s absolutely crazy, and it’s really just helping pay for my college education.”

After several years of continuous cuts in non-revenue sports at the collegiate level, bowling still offers a number of scholarship opportunities.

The largest junior bowling event in the world, the Junior Gold Championships, kicked off in Cleveland on Sunday night with the opening ceremony, and organizers expect that roughly $325,000 in scholarships will be awarded, up from about $300,000 last year.

“When you have roughly 4 to 6 million dollars coming into a scholarship program and then being paid out to schools on a yearly basis, it’s certainly a very positive marketing tactic to kids,” said Chad Murphy, Executive Director of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).

More than 4,000 bowlers, ages 7 to 20, are competing in the event that runs through July 22. The top male and female bowlers in each age bracket will be awarded scholarships, which go into their SMART account.

The Scholarship Management and Account Reporting for Tenpins (SMART) is an independent entity that helps young bowlers manage and protect their scholarships. It works similar to a bank account: when athletes are awarded scholarships, they deposit them into their SMART account. Then when they are heading off to college, they can transfer winnings out.

“A parent might choose bowling over something else because of the competitions, and hope its financial value will inevitably offset the college tuition payments,” Murphy said.

Individual schools offer scholarships as well. According to the USBC, there were 77 women’s bowling teams in the NCAA for 2016-17. Men’s and women’s bowling is also contested in the NAIA, but there are not yet enough schools to hold a national championship.

Some athletes, like Jeffery Mann, who won the Under-20 male division at Junior Gold last year, use a combination of school scholarships and their SMART account savings to pay for college.

Mann, who is from West Lafayette, Ind., has accumulated many scholarships over the years, winning the first one when he was only 5 or 6. In the fall, he will head to Marian University in Indianapolis, where he will compete on the bowling team.

“As someone that wasn’t really gifted with academics, it gave me hope. As in I had a chance to attend college, to get an education and be able to make a career,”said Mann, a member of Junior Team USA, which is a group of elite athletes that represent the USA in international competitions.

He saw bowling benefit him in other ways as well.

“For me, it helped me develop time management and organizational skills, because I had to balance school and bowling,” he said.

Even if a bowler decides not to compete in college, he or she can access the awards in his or her SMART account.

“Most of these kids won’t bowl in college,” Murphy said. “But they’ll still be using those SMART funds to pay for tuition and books, to become doctors, lawyers and whatever else they chose to be. That’s a cool part.”

Mann and Cummins both look to build their scholarship funds when they return to the Junior Gold Championships. Cummins won the U15 division last year. While they focus first on defending their titles, Murphy knows the scholarships still matter.

“Sometimes these kids at the highest level, they won’t know that or necessarily appreciate that, because for the most part, they’re there to compete at this time. But then when they get on that college campus, they recognize the importance of it,” he said.

“The costs of college are exploding, so any way we can help our athletes do that, that’s certainly important.”

Scholarships are in process of being posted. I made a mistake and posted to the wrong account and USBC is assisting me in getting this corrected. Stay tuned for more information. Sorry, Tim Fye


Final Standings are posted OFFICIAL and I will begin posting scholarships will posting to SMART in the next couple weeks as well as getting the awards ordered. Awards will be shipped to your centers unless  you have requested otherwise. Those awards will ship starting in July please alert your centers to watch for them.

Shari Fye

Association Manager

May 20th, 2017

Photography Notice

It has been brought to my attention by our photographer that some photos have been copied and passed out to parents that were not purchased by the parents.

Please note that when you purchase a photo it is expressed that you are purchasing for yourself and it is your property, but the image is the possession of John-Got-U Photography. It is not meant to be copied and provided to others without the express consent of John-Got-U Photography. This is not only wrong, but it is a copyright violation.

I am asking that EVERYONE please refrain from this kind of action from this point forward.

Bowlers if you wish to post them on your social media pages, which many of you do please make sure that the John-Got-U logo is included on the photo.

I hope those of you that are at fault will please refrain from doing this anymore and that everyone will purchase these photos at the tournament.

We thank them for their continued support of this association with the additional donations from the photo sales.

Thanks for your understanding,

Tim Fye

ISUSBCYA President

May 20th, 2017

Pepsi Scholarship Update

Just a quick update.

Pepsi scholarships have been uploaded to SMART. Pepsi Funds have been deposited and our funds are on the way to SMART at this time.

As soon as they are received and posted to our account, your scholarships will be available. I would give it a week or so and you should have access to them.


April 30th, 2017

2017 Honor Scores

Congratulations to the bowlers below on their exceptional performance in the

2017 Youth State Championship Tournament

Kelleigh Williams 299 Game and 713 Series with her son Tyler during the Adult Youth Tournament









Jessica Fraser 717 Series Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl

Hanna Irwin 702 Series at Landmark Lanes

Keagan Trexler 732 Series Landmark Lanes

Keaton Rossi 300 Game Landmark Lanes

Briana Marquis 727 Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl                                 

August 26th, 2016

2016 Scholarships Issued

ISUSBCYA Provided  $48,077 in SMART Scholarships last year

Of the Year and Bert Horner / Cathy Cooper                          $2500.00

Luise Lesser Tournament                                                           $8030.00

Honor Scores                                                                                 $  700.00

All Events                                                                                       $ 3500.00

Doubles                                                                                           $ 3150.00

Singles                                                                                             $ 1575.00

Team                                                                                                $ 5800.00

Deloris Webb Adult Youth                                                          $ 2295.00

Indiana Kentucky All-Stars                                                        $ 7175.00

Masters and Queens                                                                    $ 6200.00


Symbolic Awards for 2016 were an additional $9000.00

May 3rd, 2016

2016 Honor Scores

Congratulations to the bowlers listed below for your amazing accomplishments in the

2016 ISUSBYCA State Championship Tournament.


NIck Graveel 806 4_23

Nick Graveel  Chippewa Bowl South Bend

 806 Series

Charlie Colip

Charlie Colip – Championship Lanes – Anderson
300 Game – 646 Series

Dustin Kuhn

Destin Kuhn – Auburn Bowl – Auburn
300 Game 679 Series

Erny Alec 299 MQ

Alex Erny- Eastown Rec – Jasper
299 Game (Sport) Masters and Queens

Brittney Kinney – Main Bowl, Columbia City

299 Game 679 Series



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