Rays and Helios Education Foundation announce 2015 scholars

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- On Sunday, September 13, the Tampa Bay Rays and Helios Education Foundation recognized a new class of scholars for 2015-16 during a pregame presentation at Tropicana Field. Beginning in 2012, the Rays and Helios Education Foundation teamed up to provide $1 million in college scholarships for students participating in Take Stock in Children in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco counties over a five-year period.

The new scholars were joined by their Take Stock in Children mentors and representatives from Helios Education Foundation and the Rays.

The Rays and Helios Education Foundation partnership provides selected students Take Stock in Children scholarships, a program aimed at giving students the financial resources and mentorship support they need to successfully achieve a postsecondary education at any Florida state college. 

2015-2016 Rays-Helios Education Foundation Scholars: From Hillsborough County: Tyahraneh Blair, Loicka Blaise, Matthew Butler, Teresa Cabili, Lizett Chavez, Amanda Dorcelus, Jasmin Flores, Valery Gonzalez, Tiara Mann, Hector Morales, Karina Paz Salazar, Anjelica Pelaez-Browning, Gwendolyn Price, Paola Rivera, Jasmine N. Santiago, Andrew Stotts, Gabriella Weinstein, Januyah Williams, Taylor Wolfe, Anna Maria Vasquez, Jamarion Neal, Rosa Jaimes From Manatee County: Jeana Alexandre, Joe Clerjuste, Jonatan Matiano, Lucas Naranjo, Steven Nguyen From Pasco County: Elizabeth Cooper, Holly Barnes, Haley Jacobs, Aviana Poole, Arturo Leis-Pretto, Natalie Santos From Pinellas County: Julia Bell, Raeanne Castro, Zachariah Dicce, Garrett Goodner, Bishop Grimes, Adam Rhymes, Allison Rothman, Sam Rothman, Lucas Wootenm, Noah Wooten From Sarasota County: Aliyah Torres, Jacey Byrd. 

About the Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays mission is to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball. The organization is committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interactions and charitable donations, and has proudly represented Major League Baseball since 1998.

About Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectation, college-going culture in Florida and Arizona. The Foundation focuses its investments across the education continuum in three key impact areas: Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Education Success.

As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the foundation is contributing its leadership, expertise and financial resources to better prepare students for college and career and to succeed in a globally-competitive economy. Since 2004, Helios has invested more than $155 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida. For more information, visit helios.org.

About Take Stock in Children

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. Take Stock in Children's programs are based on the principle that given extensive support, motivation and accountability, children will work hard to ensure that they graduate from high school and attain a college degree. For more information, please visit takestockinchildren.org.