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 towards 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 over 1,000 students attending over 20 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.