After applying for a Sun Life Rising Star scholarship last year Terel Andrews forgot all about it.
So the senior captain of the Burke football and baseball teams didn’t think much about it when his guidance counselor told him he could bring two friends to the Celtics game against the Wizards on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
It wasn’t until Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca and Sun Life executive Mike Joyce surprised Andrews and East Boston senior Vickie Miranda with two giant $5,000 checks that Andrews put it all together.
“I honestly didn’t remember it, I really forgot all about it,” Andrews recalled during a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon. “Then when they said it I was like ‘Wow I forgot about this’ but I was excited when I won.”
Miranda, however, didn’t forget about her application once she applied. She was urged to apply for the scholarship through her bosses at the nonprofit, Sociedad Latina.
“I didn’t forget, I kept asking the people I work with ‘When am I going to find out, when am I going to find out?” she said. “They were like ‘We don’t know yet, we’ll let you know.’”
They told her she was going to the Celtics game to meet with potential donors for their organization.
“I was like ‘OK,’” she said. “When I went they surprised me. They were like, your mom knew for the last few days.”
The scholarships are awarded through the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program, which will provide $110,000 in grants and scholarships to Boston students and nonprofit organizations this year.
Through the program, Sun Life has granted nearly $3 million to 54 students and 47 nonprofit organizations across the country.
Both students said they will put the money towards books and other incidentals while attending college.
Miranda, who carries a 3.44 GPA and is applying to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons College, UMass, UMass-Lowell and Northeastern, said she enjoyed meeting Pagliuca.
“Meeting the owner was really awesome,” she said. “It was really nice. He let one of my friends wear the big [championship] ring. He was really nice and cool.”
Andrews, who has a 2.7 GPA and hopes to attend Framingham State, said it wasn’t a memory that he will soon forget either.
“It was awesome,” he said. “It was pretty surprising.”
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