Russell and Jeanne Nesbit endeared themselves to thousands of bowlers, young and old, with their love of people and the love of the sport of bowling. Jeanne passed away in 2002, while Russell followed her home in 2004. The Russell and Jeanne Nesbit Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to give youth bowlers of the community the chance to obtain scholarship money while participating in the Nesbit's Lanes junior bowling program. The tournament, in which 200 bowlers participate each year, has become an annual event and is generally hosted in January or February. The tournament began in 2003 and bowlers were awarded $4,000 in scholarship funds. It has grown significantly over the years and the fund generally awards over $5,000 per year to youth bowlers at Nesbit's Lanes.