Needham Baseball & Softball Annual Scholarships in Honor of Jackie Bergin & Jim Windhorst

Needham Baseball & Softball awards two scholarships annually to high school seniors who played in our leagues. Needham Baseball & Softball awards $1,000 each to the two winners

Jackie Bergin Scholarship

Jackie Bergin was a young man tragically killed in a car accident in the early 1990s.  He participated in Needham Little League as a youth and cherished the diamond.  In his memory, his family established a scholarship to honor a high school senior who embodies the spirit of Jackie and his love of the game.

Jim Windhorst Scholarship

Jim Windhorst was a Needham Baseball Board member and coach who passed away after a lengthy illness in 2011. He was much loved and respected by all who knew him. In his memory, the board of Needham Baseball & Softball has established a scholarship to complement the long-standing Bergin Scholarship.

Who is Eligible to Apply: Needham residents who are seniors in high school (any high school) who have participated in a Needham-based Baseball or Softball program during their .

How Do I Apply: Send a 1-2 page essay "What Baseball or Softball Means To Me” to and denote “Scholarship” in the subject line of the email.

How Are Winners Selected: Essays will be evaluated based on content, grammar, and “heart". The application deadline will be announced in 2024.

Past Winners

2023- Ryan Torrisi and Amanda Ferreira

2022 - Max Surprenant and Lindsay Hess

2021- Sam Chutkow and Cecilia Wekstein

2020- Ryan Lavelle and Steven Donovan, Jr.

2019- Nick Lesanto and Tom Chmielewski

2018 - Kelly Lavelle and Alex Luscher