Billy Smith

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

Supporting students with a passion for sports.

Winter Scholarship - Closed Closed This scholarship is part of the Winter application cycle. The application is open December 1st to February 1st every year. How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must:

- Be a graduating high school senior.
- Currently reside in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago County.
- Have played at least three years of baseball or softball in high school, including senior year.
- Intend to major in a sports-related field in college.


Academic performance will be given high priority consideration in the selection process.

Written Prompt

Each CFNIL scholarship is created with a specific purpose in mind. As you complete the application, the system automatically matches you with every scholarship for which you are eligible and will present you with a specific written prompt for each. You're encouraged to craft a unique response to each prompt to show the reviewers why you're the best candidate for that scholarship. 

Scholarship Background and Intent

William Robert Smith was born in Peoria, IL on Feb 22, 1980.

Billy Smith grew up in Freeport, IL where he played both football and baseball, playing baseball all four years in high school. In his senior year he actually pitched a No Hitter! Billy’s “no-no” was the last one until 2009.

After graduating in 1998, Billy attended Highland Community College and played baseball for 2 years. He stayed at the community college another year so he could coach.

Billy’s last job was working as a carpenter for Don Miller Construction, Inc. based out of Pecatonica, IL . He enjoyed being a carpenter because he felt it was very hands-on. He also enjoyed going to various houses to work because he always found something he wanted to incorporate into the home he was hoping to build someday. During the summers, Billy spent most of his nights playing softball, and serving as an umpire for the high school boys league. He loved doing both of these things.

He also loved golf, the Bears, the Cubs, and bowling on his Thursday night league. Other hobbies including traveling with his wife and playing fetch with his three dogs.

This scholarship was established because Billy was always helping people in any way that he could. It is a sport-related scholarship because it memorializes the activities Billy loved most.