A St. Ambrose junior from Muscatine and an Augustana junior from Annawan were introduced Sunday as recipients of 2017 scholarships presented by the Bandit Scholars program.

Lane DeVore, a political science major at St. Ambrose from Muscatine, received the first-ever Bandit Scholar award designated for a student at the Davenport university.

Dana Baela, an education major at Augustana from Annawan, was awarded the second Bandit Scholar award presented to an Augustana student.

Both received their awards during Sunday’s Quad-Cities River Bandits game at Modern Woodmen Park, extending a scholarship program which has been in existence since 2009. The awards cover one full year of tuition for the 2017-18 academic year in addition to providing an internship with the Midwest League

“Giving out these scholarships is the single favorite things I get to do as the owner of the River Bandits,’’ Quad-Cities owner Dave Heller said. “We had a number of excellent candidates again this year and the recipients epitomize what we look for in the way they give back to the Quad-Cities community.’’

DeVore is a member of the St. Ambrose football team and participates in the school’s ROTC program. He is working toward a military career after college and currently holds a executive position with the Young Republicans Club.

Baele competed in cross country as a high school athlete at Annawan and since enrolling at Augustana has been involved with Camp Kesem, a national organization which supports kids through and beyond as their parents deal with cancer. She has a goal of becoming a teacher following graduation.

The Bandit Scholars program is funded entirely through donations and fundraising efforts of the River Bandits, including dollars raised through the team’s Race to Home 5K, a golf outing and 50-50 raffles during home games.

Scholarships are open to students preparing for their junior year who reside in Scott, Muscatine and Cedar counties in Iowa or in Rock Island, Henry, Mercer or Whiteside counties in Illinois.

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