DAYTONA BEACH, FL - The Daytona Tortugas, in conjunction with the Florida State League and the Miami Marlins, are proud to award the franchise's third Florida State League Scholarship to interns Cameron Wood and Anderson Rathbun.
The two college seniors split the $1,500 scholarship between the two of them.
Wood, a Lexington, Virginia, native, is prepping for graduation from Elon University, where he is majoring in Strategic Communications.
"It means a lot to receive this scholarship from the Florida State League. It shows that they truly recognize how valuable interns are in Minor League Baseball and how big of a role they play," Wood said.
Rathbun, a Cleveland, Ohio native, is set to graduate from Clemson University in December with a degree in Sports Marketing.
"Winning this scholarship really enforces the sense of community that the Florida State League conveys. To be an intern and yet feel like an integral part of the team and league is truly something special," Rathbun said.
The Florida State League Scholarship Committee awarded twelve (12) $1,5000 educational scholarships to applicants from each team in the league. The award is based both on financial need and a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students eligible for this award must be an employee, or the child or grandchild of an employee, of the participating club and must be at least a high school junior by the 2017 fall term.
"It was by the far the best summer I've had," Rathbun expressed. "Getting to know the ins and outs of the Tortugas has opened up many doors professionally and I can't thank the 'Tuga front office staff enough for a great summer."
"It was an awesome summer," Wood concurred. "Certainly an experience that I will never forget. I got to learn from the best of the best and a true up and coming organization."
"Being able to relax at the beach during rare off days was a nice perk as well," added Wood with a chuckle.
The Miami Marlins have sponsored this program for more than 17 years and have contributed over $175,00 to the Florida State League Program.
Both Wood and Rathbun were honored on the field prior to a Miami Marlins game at Marlins Park on Sunday, July 30th , along with the other Florida State League team award winners.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.