The late Ray Proutt loved baseball.
The 1960 graduate of Arundel High School was a lanky four-year letter man in soccer, basketball and baseball, a sport he began playing with the Gambrills Little League and continued until he tore the rotator cuff in his throwing arm in his mid-20s. A little more than a decade later, in his early 40s, Proutt was back in game coaching and playing slow-pitch softball. He was still an excellent hitter, recalls his brother Donald W. Proutt of Severn, Md.
To help other baseball enthusiasts in Anne Arundel County afford the cost of attending college full time and to honor his brother’s memory, Donald Proutt in July established the Ray Proutt Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. Ray Proutt of Millersville died Nov. 19. 2009. The first scholarship award from the fund, which is open to community contributions, could take place this fall.
Proutt was well known in the county in his later years as the owner and operator of Proutt Lines Inc., a school bus contractor with the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. He retired in the late 1990s.
To qualify for the scholarship, a student must attend AACC full time. Preference will go to a county resident who plays baseball, has a minimum GPA of 2.5 and is seeking a degree or certificate. Preference will go to those who lettered in baseball and one other varsity sport while in high school.
For information or to contribute to the scholarship, contact the AACC Foundation Inc. at 410-777-2515 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.aacc.edu/foundation.