(Courtesy the Red Sox Foundation)
The Red Sox Foundation recently awarded $10,000 college scholarships to Boston seventh-grade students designated as Red Sox Scholars.
The foundation honored these 10 students — who hailed from Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and the South End — at Sunday’s game at Fenway Park, where the Sox faced the Washington Nationals.
The Red Sox Scholars program was founded in 2003 to support Boston Public Schools students who are academically gifted but economically disadvantaged. Students in the program maintain a minimum B average, in addition to a variety of other academic achievements. As Red Sox Scholars, they not only receive a scholarship but also have access to tutoring and mentoring.
The 2012 Red Sox Scholars are Tahj Easington of Hyde Park, Anjelica Gonzalez of Roxbury, Mehdi Islam of Dorchester, Jennifer Mbah of Jamaica Plain, Melanie Mendoza of East Boston, Chiamaka Obilio of Hyde Park, Emily Rivera of Roxbury, Kira Tejeda of Dorchester, Lucy Xu of Chinatown, and Qiyin Yao of the South End.
The Red Sox Foundation is the team’s official charity, focused primarily on serving educational, health, recreational, and social-service needs of New England children and families. The Red Sox Scholars program is presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the official hospital of the Red Sox and founding sponsor of the program.