BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox will introduce the 15 recipients of the Vermont Red Sox Service Scholarships during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Rays game tomorrow, August 16. The program awards students from 15 public high schools across Vermont 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 Vermont. It was first launched in New Hampshire in 2010 and is now runs in all five New England states outside of Massachusetts.
The scholarship recipients will be greeted on the field at Fenway Park by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin; Manager of ENEOS (sponsor of the New England Red Sox Service Scholarships) Andy Sorensen; VT Red Sox Service Scholarship committee member Meghan Layne; Red Sox Executive Vice President and COO Sam Kennedy; Red Sox Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President/CEO Dr. Charles Steinberg; Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry; and Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation Gena Borson.
A list of this year's Vermont Red Sox Service Scholarship Award recipients is attached.
The foundation will also honor the Vermont winner of the "IMPACT Awards" (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together), a new initiative started this year 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 winner of this year's Vermont IMPACT Award is the Brattleboro Retreat, which will receive a $10,000 grant from the Red Sox Foundation during Sunday's pregame ceremonies. The Brattleboro Retreat is dedicated to children, adolescents, and adults in their pursuit of recovery from mental illness, psychological trauma, and addiction. Programs include: LGBT Inpatient Program, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment, Uniformed Service Program, and Children & Adolescent and Adult Inpatient & Outpatient Programs.
The August 16 ceremonies are part of Vermont Day at Fenway Park, presented by Bond Auto Parts. The Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown by the Bond Auto Mascot Georgie and Essex Jct native Libby Smith, who was inducted into the UVM Hall of Fame in 2012. The National Anthem will be sung by Dave Grippo of South Burlington, and members of the Vermont VFW Post 792 will carry the colors. Allenbrook Group Home of South Burlington will say "Play Ball."