Major League Baseball has awarded college scholarships, each valued at $5,000 per year, to 12 incoming college freshmen who are alumni of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, the youth baseball and softball initiative administered by MLB to serve young people, particularly those from underserved communities.

NameSchoolRBI League
Adalia RodriguezBryn Mawr CollegeRed Sox Foundation RBI
Aliyah GomezNova Southeastern UniversityPassaic Recreation RBI
Alvin BowersWest Virginia State UniversityCincinnati Reds RBI
Brysen HamiltonAlcorn State UniversityRBI Alaska
Erin LedesmaSouthern University and A&M CollegeRangers RBI
Hunter WaldonPrairie View A&M UniversityAstros Foundation RBI
Kerah HunterUC DavisDodgers RBI
Kyra NewmanThe University of MichiganDetroit PAL RBI
Leonard MeadeUniversity of MichiganPrince George’s RBI
Maximus MaldonadoUniversity of VirginiaCastle Hill RBI
Natasha TorresGwynedd Mercy UniversityPhiladelphia Phillies RBI
River ThompsonHannibal LaGrange UniversityBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City RBI

The recipients are receiving the grants through the “RBI for RBI” Scholarship Fund, created in 2008 to provide financial support for college-bound student-athletes based on academic record, leadership demonstrated, participation in school and communityactivities, and financial need. Since its inception, the “RBI for RBI” Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 140 college scholarshipsto RBI participants from 37 programs.

          “Education is one of the core values for our efforts to engage young people through our sport,” said Tony Reagins, Chief Baseball Development Officer, Major League Baseball. “We are incredibly proud to support these scholars in their endeavors to pursue their dreams. In addition to high caliber on-field talent, the RBI program has produced countless of upstanding citizens with careers in some of the most covered industries, and we look forward to witnessing as these 12 individuals join the special brotherhood and sisterhood in the next coming years.”  

The “RBI for RBI “scholarships provide each recipient the opportunity to pursue any field of study at a two-year college, four-yearcollege, university or vocational school in the United States or Puerto Rico. The scholarships may be renewed for up to three yearsor until the award recipient has earned his or her training certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree.