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Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship

In Memory of Nick Adenhart

Nick Adenhart was a bright young pitcher who played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006, and he was a rising star in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. Only hours after Nick's 2009 season debut on the mound for the Angels, Nick was tragically killed by a drunk driver on April 9, 2009 at age 22.


Nick's family would like to honor him by awarding a $1000 scholarship in his memory. The Kernels Foundation is privileged to administer the scholarship on behalf of Nick's family. The Kernels Foundation is also awarding a $1000 scholarship in Nick's memory.



  • The applicant must be a graduating high school senior from an area public or private high school who will be attending a two-year or four-year accredited college or university. They must also be taking 12 or more hours per semester.

  • The applicant must have played an organized sport in the last two years AND be a great teammate.

  • The applicant should have a clear vision of career goals.

  • The applicant must demonstrate hard work and determination.


  • The award will be made in early May 2024, and a presentation will be held during a Kernels game.
  • The decision of The Kernels Foundation is final
  • A thank you note to the donor must be received before funds will be disbursed.
  • Funds will be disbursed directly to the student's college or university.
  • All submittals will be held confidential.
  • Family members of the following groups are not eligible to apply: full-time employees of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Board of Directors of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, and Board of Directors of The Kernels Foundation.

Scholarship Submittal



Below is the list of items needed for the 2024 application

  • Complete the Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship Application

  • Application MUST BE SIGNED and dated (NOT name typed in)

  • Submit an essay as described in the Aspirations and Goals section of the application.

  • Submit a certified copy of your transcript

  • Submit the following 2 letters of recommendation from:

    • Sports coach / manager or teammate

    • School teacher or principal or counselor

      All letters of recommendation MUST BE SIGNED and MUST BE ON LETTERHEAD.

Submit all of the above information by mail to:

Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship

c/o Cedar Rapids Kernels

P.O. Box 2001

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2001

Deadline for submittal (or postmark): Monday, April 1, 2024


For more information, please contact [email protected]