The Boston Red Sox will introduce the 15 recipients of the Maine Red Sox Service Scholarships during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Rays game tomorrow, August 2. The program awards students from 15 public high schools across Maine with $1,000 scholarships towards their college education based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and most importantly, demonstrated community service.
This is the scholarship program's second year in Maine. It was first launched in New Hampshire in 2010 and now runs in all five New England states outside of Massachusetts.
The scholarship recipients will be greeted on the field at Fenway Park by Gov Paul LePage, VP ENEOS Sonya Reynolds, Red Sox Chief Operating Officer Sam Kennedy, Executive Vice President Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry, Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield, and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson.
A list of this year's Maine Red Sox Service Scholarship Award recipients is attached.
The foundation will also honor the Maine winner of the "IMPACT Awards" (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together), a new program 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.
The Maine Cancer Foundation, a non-profit that leads a state-wide effort to promote and support the most promising and effective cancer-fighting programs available to the people of Maine, is the winner of the Maine IMPACT Award and will receive a $10,000 grant from the Red Sox Foundation during Sunday's pregame ceremonies.
The August 2 ceremonies are part of Maine Day at Fenway Park, presented by L.L. Bean. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Shawn Gorman, Chairman of the Board, L.L. Bean, Inc., and the national anthem will be sung by Jenny Baker from York, ME. Members of the Windham ME Police Dept will carry the colors, and Good-Will Hinckley Group Home will say "play ball."