The Rhode Island Service Scholarship program was introduced in 2012 by former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry and his wife, Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry. The program has grown each year since its introduction, with a total of 30 students from 30 different Rhode Island public schools chosen this year, up from 25 in 2014, 20 in 2013, and 10 students in 2012.
This year's Rhode Island Red Sox Scholarship Award recipients are:
1. Lauren Parola, Barrington High School
2. Jaymee Volante, Burrillville High Schill
3. Laura Cuevas, Central Falls High School
4. Melissa Mota, Central High School
5. Kendra Walsh, Chariho Regional High School
6. Luah Beah Classical High School
7. Angela Paoletta, Coventry High School
8. Ellen Macaruso, Cranston High School East
9. Stephanie Nyzio, Cranston High School West
10. Charlotte Palmer, East Greenwich High School
11. Casey Traverse, East Providence High School
12. Pascaline Uwase, Hope High School
13. Kalyn Ricciuti, Johnston High School
14. Burke O'Brien, Mount Hope High School
15. Stephen Sando, Mount Pleasant High School
16. Christiana Tucker, Narragansett High School
17. Meghan O'Brien, North Kingstown High School
18. Gianna Giammarco, North Providence High School
19. Rebecca Pasquarelli, Pilgrim High School
20. Colby Ferretti, Ponaganset High School
21. Haleigh McKone, Portsmouth High School
22. Brielle Hansen, Rogers High School
23. Timothy Nolan, Scituate High School
24. Daniel McCutcheon, Smithfield High School
25. Willie Grear, South Kingstown High School
26. Amanda Rooney, Tiverton High School
27. Samuel Leander, West Warwick High School
28. Serenity YiSang Chen, Westerley High School
29. Leiandra Wilson, William E. Tolman High School
30. Jaston Robinson, Woonsocket High School
The foundation will also honor the Rhode Island winner of the "IMPACT Awards" (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together), a new program inspired by Mrs. Henry that provides Red Sox fans in the five New England states outside of Massachusetts with the opportunity to vote for their favorite local non-profits to decide which charities will be awarded grants.
Children's Friend of Rhode Island, a child welfare organization that provides family support, mental health, and child development services throughout the Ocean State, is the winner of the Rhode Island IMPACT Award and will receive a $10,000 grant from the Red Sox Foundation during Saturday's pregame ceremonies.
The May 2 ceremonies are part of Rhode Island Day at Fenway Park, presented by ALEX AND ANI. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by ALEX AND ANI President Harlan Kent. The company is based in Cranston, Rhode Island.
The national anthem will be sung by 13-year-old Mia Douglas of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, one of three winners of the "Sing Your Way to Fenway" competition that took place at Red Sox Winter Weekend this past January.
The Cranston, Rhode Island, Police will carry the colors, and children from St. Mary's Home in North Providence will say "play ball."