FORT MYERS, Fla.– For the third consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox honored 13 local high-school seniors, presenting them each a $5,000 college scholarship by the Red Sox Foundation in a pre-game ceremony prior to the 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Houston Astros on Saturday, March 24.

The Boston Red Sox play the Houston Astros in a Grapefruit League spring training game at JetBlue Park on March 24, 2018. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

“Education remains an area of focus for the Red Sox foundation, and we are so excited to award these promising students who will be this community’s future leaders,” said Katie Haas, vice president of Florida business operations for the Boston Red Sox. “Winners are chosen based on academics, community service and overall need. All the students from last year’s class went on to attend four-year colleges upon graduation.

Scholarship funds are raised from proceeds from the annual Swings For The Sox golf tournament held each Fall to benefit the Red Sox Scholarship in partnership with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. This year’s tournament was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, but the Red Sox Foundation still honored their annual commitment to Lee County High School students and awarded a $5,000 scholarship to attend college to one deserving student from each of the 13 public high schools in Lee County.  In the past six years the Red Sox Foundation golf tournament has raised more than $260,000 for local nonprofits and scholarships.

The Red Sox Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. The foundation’s primary focus locally is in serving the health, education, recreation and social service needs of children and families across Southwest Florida. The Red Sox Foundation is one of the most successful in all of Major League Baseball.

2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Cape Coral High School

Gabriella Ferra


Cypress Lake High School

Chandler L’Hommedieu


Dunbar High School

Ja’Tyra Knight


East Lee County High School

Stanya Lundy


Estero High School

Haley Deyulus


Fort Myers High School

Mike Edouard


Ida Baker High School

Luis Almendarez


Island Coast High School

Lukes Toussaint


Lehigh Senior High School

Andre’a Gelsey


Mariner High School

Jorge Orozco


North Fort Myers High School

Isabella Montoya-Bedoya


Riverdale High School

Chandler Williamson


South Fort Myers High School

Jessica Pegueros