The Red Sox Scholars is an award-winning college success program managed by the Red Sox Foundation.
The mission of our Red Sox Scholars program is to empower Boston’s youth to pursue their goals to, through and beyond college by providing mentorship and access to academic, professional and social opportunities. The Red Sox Scholars is a college success program that awards a $10,000 college scholarship to 12 Boston Public School 7th graders each year. The Foundation then provides academic, professional, and social support to the students for the next nine years to ensure they graduate from college with as little debt as possible — as well as feeling part of a family of resources for years to come.
The Red Sox Scholars presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was created in 2003 under the leadership of Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, and then President/CEO Larry Lucchino as part of their commitment to the community. From 2003 to 2006, the program selected twenty-five (25) fifth-grade students to receive scholarships of $5,000. Over the next 5 years, the Red Sox Foundation increased the amount of each scholarship to $10,000, while also reducing the number of Scholars in each new class to ten (10) and selecting them in the seventh grade. In 2010, the Foundation’s Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever “MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.” In 2016, the program transitioned into its current form when Doris Buffett and the Letters Foundation committed to funding an additional two (2) Scholars – “Sunshine Scholars” – per year.