Samantha Haab, who graduated from Stowe High School in June, is one of three winners of a $2,500 scholarship through the 2012 New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation Scholarship program.

The scholarship program was open to any graduating senior from a public or private high school, who has been accepted at any two or four-year college or university, vocational or technical education institution or program. Applicants were judged on academic performance, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and the impact their local team and minor league baseball have had on their lives.

Haab said her first memories of Vermont Lake Monsters/Expos games came from the Lake Monsters’ Hit the Books program, which promotes reading among kids.

“I think I was in first grade at the time, and that was the first time that I had been acknowledged and rewarded for my pursuit of education.” Haab said. “It felt good to be recognized, and the fun that ensued at the game helped me realize the importance and valued of education.”

In addition to working with Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence and the environmental club at Stowe High, Haab played field hockey, ice hockey and softball all four years. She was selected to Vermont’s All-State second team in both ice and field hockey, and was a captain of the softball team her senior year.

Haab will attend St. Lawrence University in New York, where she plans to major in environmental studies and English, or conservation biology.

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