The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation will introduce the Red Sox Scholars class of 2017 this Sunday, June 11, at Fenway Park in ceremonies preceding the 8:05 p.m. Red Sox-Tigers game. The program promises college scholarships to academically talented Boston students who are selected in 7th grade, and
The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation will introduce the Red Sox Scholars class of 2017 this Sunday, June 11, at Fenway Park in ceremonies preceding the 8:05 p.m. Red Sox-Tigers game. The program promises college scholarships to academically talented Boston students who are selected in 7th grade, and is presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox - a sponsor of the program since its inception in 2003.
This year's class of inductees includes the addition of two new Scholars made possible by a grant from Doris Buffett's Letters Foundation. The grant funds two "Sunshine Scholars" for the next five years, bringing the total number of new scholarships each year to 12, up from 10 previously.
"The Red Sox Scholars Program has helped fund the dreams of hundreds of Boston students, and we are thankful for the generous support of the Letters Foundation whose grant allows us to help more students navigate the path from middle school to high school and college," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "We are consistently inspired by the talent, energy, and commitment of the hundreds of students who have been part of this special educational program, and look forward to celebrating all of our scholars at Fenway Park this Sunday."
"The Letters Foundation is incredibly proud to support the Red Sox Scholars Program," said Alex Buffett Rozek, Chair of the Letters Foundation Board and grandson of Doris Buffett. "My grandmother was so inspired by the young people she got to know during the Red Sox Scholars interviews that she was moved to expand the program to more students.
"She has interacted with thousands of organizations over her years of philanthropic work and believes that John and Linda Henry, as well as Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and the staff at the Red Sox Foundation, exemplify the best of what can be achieved when good people work together towards a clear and common goal. The Red Sox Scholars Program's focus on embracing each individual students' needs parallels her work at the Letters Foundation. This approach, paired with access to a high-quality education, is critical to making sure that all young people have the tools they need to succeed."
In addition to the 12 new scholars, Sunday's induction ceremony will also celebrate members of the program who are graduating high school and college. Scholars from each of the previous 14 years will also be in attendance.
Now in its 15th year, the Red Sox Scholars Program earned Major League Baseball's first-ever "Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence" in 2010. This year's induction of 7th graders brings the total number of inductees to 274. The Red Sox Foundation provides each student with a scholarship of $10,000 upon matriculation, and while the student is in middle school and high school, the program provides mentoring, career programming, summer enrichment activities, and guidance with the college application process.
During Sunday's induction ceremony, each new scholar will be escorted onto the field by a Red Sox player. Joining them will be BIDMC health professionals, who serve as "Medical Champions" and host a "Shadow Day" to introduce the students to various health professions.
"These inspiring students have very bright futures, and we are excited to support them and to share with them the many opportunities that exist in health care," said BIDMC CEO Kevin Tabb, MD. "Everyone at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is proud to have been a part of the Red Sox Scholars Program from the very beginning. Partnering with the Red Sox on this special program reflects our shared commitment to supporting promising young people in our community."
Applications to the program are open to Boston Public Schools and Boston Public Charter School students. The Red Sox Scholars program receives funding from Aramark, Biogen Foundation, Citgo, the Highland Street Foundation, the Letters Foundation, the Peter and Carolyn Lynch Foundation, and Red Sox Foundation fundraising events.