The Red Sox Foundation will introduce recipients of the Vermont Red Sox Service Scholarships during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Angels game on Saturday, July 2. The program awards students from 15 different public high schools across Vermont 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 Foundation Board member Linda Pizzuti Henry, Red Sox Executive Vice President Troup Parkinson, and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson. Joanne Mills, co-owner and General Manager of Ted Green Ford in Stockbridge, Vermont, will also be on hand representing the Ford Motor Company Fund, a sponsor of the program.
This is the scholarship program's third year in Vermont. It was first launched in New Hampshire in 2010 and now runs in all five New England states outside of Massachusetts.
The foundation will also honor the Vermont 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.
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, an organization dedicated to providing free camp experiences for children with cancer and those who are cancer survivors, is the winner of this year's Vermont Impact Award. The non-profit will receive a $10,000 grant from the Red Sox Foundation during Saturday's pregame ceremonies.
The July 2 ceremonies are part of Vermont Day at Fenway Park, presented by Bond Auto Parts. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Scott Gendron from Bond Auto Parts and the national anthem will by sung by Jamie Lee Thurston of Waterbury, Vermont. Members of the Vermont Wing Civil Air Patrol will carry the colors, and children from the Allenbrook Home in South Burlington, Vermont, will say "Play Ball."