Before Sunday's game at Fenway Park against the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox will introduce the 35 recipients of the 2013 New Hampshire Red Sox Scholarship program. The Red Sox Foundation-funded program is now in its fourth year and awards college-bound seniors from 35 public high schools across New Hampshire with $1,000 scholarships towards their college education. One graduating senior from each of the 35 high schools is chosen based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and demonstrated community service.
The scholarship program was introduced in 2010 by then-New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti Henry. The program has since been expanded from 10 qualifying New Hampshire public schools in its inaugural year, to 35 in 2012.
"We look forward to honoring the 35 recipients of the New Hampshire Scholarship program on Sunday," said Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry. "These 35 Granite State students have not only demonstrated their academic excellence in the classroom, they have also shown their commitment to community service. We hope they will continue to set an example and inspire others as they pursue their college education."
On the field to honor the students on Sunday will be New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and Red Sox Foundation Interim Executive Director Gena Borson.
This year's 35 New Hampshire Red Sox Scholarship recipients include:
- Joseph Alexander, Concord High School
- Rachel Avard, Manchester High School West
- Jasmine Blais, Laconia High School
- Hannah Bush, Monadnock Regional High School
- Tessa Chapman, Dover High School
- Taylor Christiansen, Nashua High School North
- Joseph Dami, White Mountains Regional High School
- Emily Daniel, Franklin High School
- Alexander Evans, Bow High School
- Keith Fleming, Spaulding High School
- Nicole Foti, Berlin High School
- Levi Frye, Fall Mountain Regional High School
- Dominic Galluzzo, Londonderry High School
- Michaela Gennetti, Pinkerton Academy
- James Gonsalves, Portsmouth High School
- Naomi Houle, Salem High School
- Leah Johnson, Sanborn Regional High School
- Mitchell Jurius, Inter-Lakes High School
- Siobhan Kirwan, Gilford High School
- Mariah Lansdowne-Howard, Merrimack Valley High School
- Abigail Lore, Merrimack High School
- Chau Ngo, Manchester Central High School
- Brianna O'Brien, Winnacunnet High School
- Ashruti Patel, Nashua High School South
- Anna Ravenelle, Goffstown Regional High School
- Kaitlyn Ripaldi, Manchester Memorial High School
- Sylvia Romero, Winnisquam High School
- Christopher Shattuck, Stevens High School
- Shaun Shea, Prospect Mountain High School
- Lana Sommers, Exeter High School
- John Sullivan, Kennett High School
- Gabrielle Tetreault, Newfound Regional High School
- Anna Topping, ConVal Regional High School
- Leanna Travis, Lebanon High School
- Tiffany Winn, Keene High School
In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of the 35 New Hampshire scholarship recipients, the Red Sox will also celebrate the Granite State during Sunday's game, which has been designated New Hampshire Day at Fenway Park presented by Bond Auto Parts. The pre-game ceremonies, including the National Anthem, the Ceremonial First Pitch, and video board features will all highlight the state of New Hampshire. Residents from the Webster House in Manchester, NH, a non-profit group home for children, will also be in attendance and meet a player before the game.