The Texas Rangers organization has been named recipient of the 2018 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, Major League Baseball announced earlier today at the quarterly Owners Meetings. The honor recognizes the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's efforts to support Arlington youth through the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program
The Texas Rangers organization has been named recipient of the 2018 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, Major League Baseball announced earlier today at the quarterly Owners Meetings. The honor recognizes the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's efforts to support Arlington youth through the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program -- named after the former Mayor of Arlington who led the campaign to keep the Rangers in Arlington and construct Globe Life Park. As part of this recognition, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will receive a $10,000 grant from Major League Baseball Charities.
Now in its 22nd year of operation, the Richard Greene Scholars program has provided more than $1.2 million in college scholarships to 126 Arlington high school students. In addition to financial aid, the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program has become a cornerstone leadership development program in Arlington by engaging recipients with local civic and business communities. Local leaders and organizations collaborate to operate the program, including the Arlington Independent School District (AISD), the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and the Rangers Baseball Foundation, and several other civic partners.
Additionally, Richard Greene Scholars participate in a rigorous local internship program and are mentored by leaders within the Arlington community. Scholars are placed in meaningful internships, consisting of six-week cycles at the following local organizations: City of Arlington, Mission Arlington, AISD administrative office, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the University of Texas-Arlington, Living Science Center at River Legacy Parks, and the Texas Rangers.
The program also features individual progress report monitoring with assigned mentors. Mentors are recruited from local business and other community leaders who track the Scholars' progress, beginning in their high school senior year and continuing throughout their college careers. Many of the Scholars, including those who are first-generation Americans, are the first in their families to attend college. Mentors, as well as members of the Rangers staff, help navigate the potential challenges and concerns of campus life, including working with financial aid offices and other day-to-day issues. Mayor Greene and his wife, Sylvia, also work directly with each Scholar and continue to mentor beyond graduation.
Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars have attended universities throughout Texas and the United States, including prestigious Ivy League institutions such as Harvard, Brown, Stanford and Columbia. Scholars have established notable professional careers in a variety of fields, including as military officers, doctors, nurses, attorneys and engineers.
"Major League Baseball congratulates the entire Texas Rangers organization for this well-deserved recognition of the Richard Greene Scholars program," said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. "This unique initiative distinguished itself for its emphasis on mentorship, career opportunities and close ties to the Arlington community. The investment into the future of Arlington high school students by the Rangers and local city leadership has resulted in notable professional and collegiate careers by the Scholars."
"The Texas Rangers are humbled to receive the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence," said Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "There is no higher honor than to be recognized for community service. The mission of the Texas Rangers Foundation is "A Heart for Kids", and the Richard Greene Scholars program has epitomized that goal for more than 20 years. The efforts of Richard Greene and so many others have given more than 125 Arlington high school students the opportunity to further their educations and go on to become leaders in all walks of life. On behalf of the Texas Rangers entire organization, I want to thank Major League Baseball for this recognition."