Major League Baseball Properties (MLB) and KPMG LLP have awarded twelve college scholarships, worth $5,000 each per year, to select high school seniors participating in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program presented by KPMG. The "RBI for RBI" Scholarship Fund presented by KPMG is an initiative created in 2008 by MLB and KPMG to provide financial support for selected college bound student-athletes who participate in an RBI league. In addition to an initial endowment, both MLB and KPMG support the fund through donations of $1 for each Run Batted In (RBI) throughout the Major League Baseball Regular Season. Scholarships are awarded on the merits of financial need, academic achievement, leadership skills and community service.
This year's recipients include: Alberto Benejan (Tampa, FL, 17), Tampa RBI; Pierre Bowles (Fayetteville, GA, 18), Atlanta RBI; Mark Brown (Detroit, MI, 18), Detroit RBI; George Cooper (Little Rock, AR, 18), Little Rock RBI; Sarah Etuk (New York, NY, 18), Harlem RBI; Dwight Hill (Cincinnati, OH, 17), Cincinnati RBI; Philip Loprete (Bellerose, NY, 18), Greater New York RBI; Obioma Obiaguzor (Miami, FL, 18), Florida Marlins RBI; PaLaura Parker (Cincinnati, OH, 18), Cincinnati Reds RBI; Cecilie Taylor (Richmond Heights, OH, 17), Cleveland RBI; Ian Trembly (Spring Hill, KS, 18), Kansas City RBI; and Rochelle Williams (Hollywood, FL, 18), Florida Marlins RBI.