Three East Boston students were recently named as Red Sox Scholars by the Red Sox Foundation.
Eastie residents Faviola Rodriguez from Mario Umana Academy, Juan Santana also from Mario Umana Academy and Sofia Taborda from John D. O’Bryant School, all 13, we’re welcomed into the newest class of Red Sox Scholars, a college success program managed by the Red Sox Foundation. The program seeks to empower Boston’s youth to pursue and complete a higher education through a $10,000 scholarship, mentorship and access to academic, professional and social opportunities.
Faviola was awarded as a ‘Straight A’ student and has been named Student of the Month for upholding Umana’s core value of responsibility. She is also a member of her school’s Debate Team and has received various awards for her participation and engagement. Faviola has a passion for writing and participates in advance writing classes to advance her skills. Outside of school, Faviola loves to roller skate.
Juan was selected as an Honor Roll student, Student of the Month and ‘Perfect Attendance’ Award recipient. Juan has a passion for technology and is a member of the Chromebook Managers and, in this role, offers technical support for his classmates. He also volunteers as a tutor at his school.
Sofia, also an Honor Roll student, has a passion for giving back to both her school and neighborhood communities. She participates in various extra-curricular activities, including Choir Club, Photography Club, and Student Government. Sofia also plays on the volleyball, basketball, swim and softball teams while also finding the time to learn and practice playing the trombone.
Red Sox Scholars is a college success program managed by the Red Sox Foundation and presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the Official Hospital and Official Health Care Provider of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. The Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation have supported and empowered 313 students to pursue their goals since the program’s creation in 2003.
Throughout the years, 100 percent of the Red Sox Scholars have graduated from high school and are enrolling in a 2- or 4-year college program. With that, approximately 80 percent of Red Sox Scholars in the Class of 2020 graduated from a post-secondary program within 4 years.