BOSTON -- The Red Sox and the club's charitable arm, the Red Sox Foundation, honored 10 members of the Red Sox Scholars Class of 2012 at Sunday afternoon's game at Fenway Park.
In its 10th year, the Red Sox Scholars Program provides scholarships and mentoring for academically talented and financially challenged middle school students from Boston Public Schools.
Prior to the series finale against the Nationals, the scholars accompanied the players onto the field, read the starting lineups and sang the national anthem with musician Will Dailey.
In addition to the 10 new scholars selected this year, Sunday's pregame ceremony celebrated scholars who have been in the program since fifth grade and graduating high school this spring.
There are 220 Red Sox Scholars in the program, including this year's class. The students range from seventh graders to rising juniors in college. This year's class of scholars are in seventh grade and were selected based on academic performance and financial need.
"We are excited to honor the new class of Red Sox Scholars and a milestone year as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this important program," said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. "We have enjoyed getting to know many of these children starting when they were middle school students as they have grown to young adulthood. We could not have achieved such success without the continued generosity of our partners at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and commitment from both Mayor Menino and Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson."