Matthew Chapman of Wiscasset Middle High School got a Red Sox Service Scholarship during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game July 30. The program awarded students from public high schools across New England with $1,000 scholarships toward their college education based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility and community service.
A total of 210 public high school graduates from Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut have been awarded scholarships this year, and nearly all of the recipients were on hand before the game to be recognized on the field.
Before the ceremony, awardees participated in a community service project in collaboration with Mayor Walsh’s office and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The group was to conduct a #Trashtag Challenge to pick up trash in five public parks and spaces throughout Boston.
The service scholarship program was introduced in 2010 by then-New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry and Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry. It has grown to include more than 200 high schools.