Twenty high school students were announced today as recipients of an Action Team scholarship from Major League baseball players.
Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team® national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.
The $2,000 scholarship recognizes their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in.
The announcement coincides with National Volunteer Week (April 10-16); and the scholarship awards are based on the volunteer activities, academic achievements and leadership skills of high school students serving as Action Team Captains – those students responsible for planning and organizing Action Team-related volunteer activities and encouraging their peers to heed the call to get involved.
Each scholarship application was reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America, and included Major Leaguers Mark Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Craig Stammen of the Cleveland Indians, and Eric Young, Jr. of the Milwaukee Brewers.
“On behalf of all Major League baseball players and our partners, Volunteers of America, the Players Trust is honored to take this opportunity during Volunteer Week to recognize the outstanding commitment and passion for helping others that Action Team Captains nationwide demonstrate on a daily basis,” stated Melissa Persaud, director of the Players Trust.
This school-year, Major Leaguers and more than 500 Action Team Captains in 100 high schools across the country are working together to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers – while helping their neighbors in need.
This is the ninth straight year the Players Trust has awarded college scholarships to recognize the efforts of Action Team Captains.
Receiving scholarships from the Major League Baseball Players Trust are:
NAME CLASS SCHOOL CITY & STATE
Samantha Archer Sr St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Alexandria, VA
Avery Bailey Sr West Deptford HS West Deptford, NJ
Jenna Bailey Sr Brunswick HS Brunswick, ME
Mauricio Bustamante Sr Queens Voc & Tech HS Long Island City, NY
Rachel Duke So Brunswick HS Brunswick, OH
Maria Garza Sr Early College HS Harlingen, TX
Douglas Gragg Sr West Ranch HS Stevenson Ranch, CA
Turner Gray Jr St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Alexandria, VA
Julianna Grondin Sr Thornton Academy Saco, ME
Ben Hershey Sr Bishop Ireton HS Alexandria, VA
Erin Jacob Sr St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Alexandria, VA
Nyjah Johnson So Seton Keough HS Baltimore, MD
Micah Leval Sr St Anthony Jr-Sr HS Maui, HI
Daniel Like Sr Yorktown HS Arlington, VA
Alexis Nason Sr Thornton Academy Saco, ME
Soraya Ragasa Jr St Anthony Jr-Sr HS Maui, HI
Adele Reardon Jr St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Alexandria, VA
Eden Taurianinen Jr iSchool High The Woodlands,TX
Emily Vo Sr Mariner HS Everett, WA
Abbigael Woodcock Jr Greewood HS Bowling Green, KY