Jalil Presley-Rogers from Bridge Boston Charter School and Tachenia Saintil from UP Academy Boston, both 13 and of Dorchester, were selected last month as two of 12 Boston Public School 7th graders to receive $10,000 college scholarships from the Red Sox Foundation.
The college success program provides academic, professional, and social support to each student for at least nine years to ensure they graduate from college with as little debt as possible and are prepared to enter the workforce.
Presley-Rogers is described as an exceptional student who has won academic awards which include recognition for perfect attendance, Student of the Month, and Honor Roll. In his free time, Jalil likes to participate in team sports, including basketball, soccer, football, and volleyball because it gives him the opportunity to meet new people, work as part of a team, and tackle new challenges. Jalil is also learning how to play and master the violin and other instruments as a creative form of expression.
Saintil was hailed as a very active member in her school community who has received “Student of the Month” and Honor Roll awards throughout her academic career. She is a member of her school’s Student Council and is responsible for assisting in the planning and execution of fundraisers for student activities. Outside of school, Tachenia is involved with her local church choir where she practices and performs for her congregation.
Red Sox Scholars is a college success program managed by the Foundation and presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the Official Hospital & 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 enrolled 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.
The Red Sox Scholars program receives funding from American Student Assistance, Aramark, Biogen Foundation, Eastern Bank, Doris Buffett’s Letters Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, Northern Trust and PGA Tour, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, and Winter-Lehman Foundation as well as by Red Sox Foundation fundraising events. Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and his wife Erin serve as the Program Captains.