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Applications are now being accepted for the first Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship.

Lucier's passions will be interwoven in the scholarship - named in honor of the Quad-City native who died at 35 last April after suffering a brain aneurysm - that was created by the Quad-Cities River Bandits in cooperation with Jennifer Lucier, Keith's widow.

"We're looking for people who shared Keith's love of baseball and his love of the Hawkeyes," Jennifer Lucier said. "There are a lot of people out there like that, and I suspect we're going to have a difficult decision to make."

Seniors who attend a Scott County high school are eligible to apply, and applications can be obtained through high school counselors or by sending an email to

keithlucierscholarship@

yahoo.com. The application deadline is March 1.

Applicants will be required to answer several questions and write a brief essay about why they are deserving of consideration for the scholarship.

Ten finalists will be interviewed in person, and the scholarship, which will be awarded in two parts, will be presented to the recipient at a River Bandits home game in May.

The scholarship provides one year of tuition to the University of Iowa and an internship with the River Bandits to be completed following the recipient's freshman year at Iowa. A variety of internship possibilities are available through the structure of the baseball organization.

"We're looking forward to presenting this on an annual basis and providing a Quad-City area student with full tuition for their first year of enrollment at the University of Iowa and a good internship the following summer," Jennifer Lucier said. "It will be a great opportunity."

Keith Lucier was a Bettendorf High School graduate who worked with the River Bandits as an intern in 1997, eventually becoming the club's director of group sales.

He worked for the Quad-City Times and at other Lee Enterprises publications before returning to the Midwest League club in 2008 as an assistant general manager. He rejoined the Times staff in the fall of that year.

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