The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation provides a number of promising young students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with college scholarships.
Richard Greene Scholars
The Richard Greene Scholars program, named after the former mayor who led the campaign to keep the Rangers in Arlington, is a collaborative effort among the Rangers, the Foundation, community and business leaders, the Arlington Independent School District and the University of Texas-Arlington. What started as a 20-year commitment to fund $1.2 million in college scholarships has evolved into a true leadership development program.
Each year, one junior from each of Arlington's six high schools is selected to participate in the program and receive a $10,000 scholarship toward their college education. These students are immersed in an internship and mentorship program that exposes them to successful leaders in business, city government and municipal service.
Since its inception, over $1 million has been awarded to more than 1,000 students attending more than 20 different colleges and universities throughout the country. In November 2018, the Texas Rangers were honored with the 2018 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence because of the efforts to support Arlington youth through the Richard Greene Scholars program.
Johnny Oates Texas Rangers Scholarship
More than 20 years ago, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation established college scholarships in the name of Johnny Oates, the beloved manager of the Rangers who led the franchise to its first Postseason appearance in team history during the 1996 season. The Johnny Oates Scholarship helps make college education affordable for Texas Rangers and Delaware North Sportservice employees and/or children of employees.
Mark Holtz Scholarship
In honor of the beloved Rangers broadcaster Mark Holtz, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation created a scholarship for journalism majors at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas-Arlington. This scholarship was started in Holtz's honor to promote the proliferation of sports broadcasting journalism. Since its inception, more than $45,000 has been awarded to much deserving students.