Through various scholarship programs in the Tampa Bay area, the Rays Baseball Foundation has contributed over $2 million since 2008, supporting scholars in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.
The Rays Baseball Foundation awards annual scholarships to Academy Prep locations in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Lakeland. Academy Prep provides a supportive academic environment designed for students who may not have succeeded in a traditional school setting. The centers inspire and empower economically disadvantaged students to become future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support.
In memory of beloved front office staff member Barry Jones, the Rays Baseball Foundation established the Barry Jones Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes a Manatee County student who exemplifies outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to community service.
The Rays Baseball Foundation and Clearwater for Youth partner to present the Don Zimmer Memorial Scholarship, given to a high school senior who demonstrates the leadership and strong character of Don Zimmer.
Through the Rays' support of St. Petersburg College Foundation First Generation Scholarship Initiative, over 50 students who might not otherwise have the chance to attend college, have the opportunity to continue their educational aspirations.
Since 2012, the Rays Baseball Foundation has committed to students participating in Take Stock in Children in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco counties. The partnership is aimed at giving students the financial resources and mentorship support they need to successfully achieve a postsecondary education at any Florida state college. Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The program offers students college scholarships, mentorship and hope for a better life. The program's comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include helping students transition to college.