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Major Leaguers Award $40,000 in College Scholarships to Reward Youth Community Involvement

Action Team Scholarship recipient Ryker Wakeley featured on the left during a Seattle Action Team service project in December.

New York, NY, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 … Major League baseball players will award $2,000 college scholarships to 20 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, the Major League Baseball Players Trust announced today. 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.

Scholarship awards are based on the volunteer efforts, 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 get involved. 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.

Since its launch in 2003, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers have inspired more than 73,000 students to serve over 229,000 people in need. There are Action Teams in 33 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Japan, and each month the Action Team Captains participate in a conference call hosted by legendary broadcaster George Grande that features a Major Leaguer and an “Action Team High School of the Month.”

Action Team Captains receive free posters, T-shirts and brochures to help support their efforts. They are also invited to attend Action Team training sessions at the beginning of the school year and in recognition of their efforts and accomplishments they receive free tickets to Major League baseball games and certificates of achievement signed by Major Leaguers near the end of the school year.

Action Team applications and additional information, including upcoming events, can be received by sending a request to or by visiting our website at

Action Team Captains receiving scholarships from the Major League Baseball Players Trust are:

Name Location School
Ryan Blay Broomfield, CO Jefferson Academy
Nora Burns York, ME York High School
Sasank Chaganty Woodland Hills, CA El Camino Real Charter High School
Khushali Dave Denver, CO D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
Emma Draper Alexandria, VA St. Stephens/St. Agnes High School
Alexander Duke Brunswick, OH Brunswick High School
Summer Emery Poland, ME Poland Regional High School
Margaret Gorman* Arlington , VA H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
Lindsey Hall Saco, ME Thornton Academy
Emily Harris Saco, ME Thornton Academy
Jonathan Ibanez* Wailuku, HI St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School
Gabrielle Jarmoszko Palmetto, FL Manatee School for the Arts
Grace Kresge West Deptford, NJ West Deptford High School
Micah Leval* Wailuku, HI St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School
Katherine Senechal Saco, ME Thornton Academy
Blake Sperling Woodland Hills, CA El Camino Real Charter High School
Nhu Truong Bergenfield, NJ Bergenfield High School
Olivia Van Dyke Pittsburgh, PA Fox Chapel Area High School
Ryker  Wakeley Snohomish, WA Glacier Peak High School
Yusuke Yamagami Wailuku, HI St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School

*Denotes two-time scholarship winner

Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit

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