The Class-A Short-Season New York-Penn League, its member clubs and the league's philanthropic arm, the NYPL Charitable Foundation, once again awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to deserving high school graduates from the league's 14 markets.
The 2011 NYPL Scholarship Program was open to any graduating senior from a public or private high school within the league's footprint, who has been accepted at any two or four-year college or university, vocational or technical education institution. Applicants were judged based on academic performance, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and the impact their local NYPL club and Minor League Baseball has had on their lives.
"The New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation initiated the scholarship program in 2009 as a way to assist high school seniors from within our league's footprint who not only meet and exceed traditional scholarship criteria, but have also demonstrated the positive benefits their local NYPL club has had on their life," said Ben J. Hayes, President of the New York-Penn League. "The Foundation is pleased to have this scholarship program in place and to support our 14 member clubs in their year-round community outreach efforts."
The Scholarship Program consisted of two stages - a local round and a divisional round. In the local stage, students applied directly with their local NYPL team, with one applicant chosen by each of the 14 teams to advance to the divisional round. The 14 finalists were separated by the division of the team they represent. The winning application from each of the NYPL's three divisions (McNamara, Pinckney and Stedler) received the top prize of a $2,500 scholarship. All other finalists received a $250 book award.
Andrea Moore, of Staten Island, took home the $2,500 scholarship from the McNamara Division. Andrea's academic accomplishments, leadership experience, exceptional community service efforts and extra-curricular activities made her stand out above the rest. The Staten Island Yankees wish to congratulate Andrea and applaud her charitable contributions.