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.
|Adalia Rodriguez||Bryn Mawr College||Red Sox Foundation RBI|
|Aliyah Gomez||Nova Southeastern University||Passaic Recreation RBI|
|Alvin Bowers||West Virginia State University||Cincinnati Reds RBI|
|Brysen Hamilton||Alcorn State University||RBI Alaska|
|Erin Ledesma||Southern University and A&M College||Rangers RBI|
|Hunter Waldon||Prairie View A&M University||Astros Foundation RBI|
|Kerah Hunter||UC Davis||Dodgers RBI|
|Kyra Newman||The University of Michigan||Detroit PAL RBI|
|Leonard Meade||University of Michigan||Prince George’s RBI|
|Maximus Maldonado||University of Virginia||Castle Hill RBI|
|Natasha Torres||Gwynedd Mercy University||Philadelphia Phillies RBI|
|River Thompson||Hannibal LaGrange University||Boys & 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.