The Red Sox Foundation will introduce recipients of the New Hampshire Red Sox Service Scholarships during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Indians game tomorrow, Saturday, May 21. The program awards students from public high schools across New Hampshire with $1,000 scholarships towards their college education based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and demonstrated community service.
The scholarship recipients will be congratulated on the field at Fenway Park by Red Sox Executive Vice President Troup Parkinson, and Red Sox Senior Vice President David Friedman. Jay McFarland, Dealer Principal of McFarland Ford of Exeter, New Hampshire, will also be on hand representing the Ford Motor Company Fund, a sponsor of the program.
The service scholarship program was introduced in 2010 by then-New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, and Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry and Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry. The program has since expanded from 10 qualifying New Hampshire public schools in its inaugural year to 50 in 2016. One student from each high school is chosen for the award. The service scholarships are available in all six New England states.
The foundation will also honor the New Hampshire winner of the "IMPACT Awards" (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together) on Saturday, a program that provides Red Sox fans in the five New England states outside of Massachusetts with the opportunity to vote for their favorite local charities to determine the one awarded the annual grant.
Rockingham Nutrition & Meals on Wheels, an organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals and support services to older and disabled residents in southeastern New Hampshire, is the winner this year's New Hampshire IMPACT Award. The non-profit will receive a $10,000 grant from the Red Sox Foundation during Saturday's pregame ceremonies.
The May 21 ceremonies are part of New Hampshire Day at Fenway Park, presented by Bond Auto Parts. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Corey Poitras from Bond Auto Parts and the national anthem will be sung by Susan Cancio-Bello of Sunapee, New Hampshire. Members of the Hampton, New Hampshire, Police Department will carry the colors, and children from the Webster House in Manchester, New Hampshire, will say "Play Ball."