In 2005, the makers of Minute Maid and Astros In Action announced the Grand Slam For Youth Baseball Scholarship Program to assist greater Houston-area high school senior boys and girls with college expenses. In 2005, two $ 2,500 college scholarships went to a senior boy and girl participating in Houston's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. In 2006, Grand Slam for Youth Baseball gave four $ 2,500 and eight $ 500 scholarships to Houston area youth. In 2007, MMGSFYB funded 17 - $ 2,500 scholarships, 7 of these scholarships were first-generation recipients. 2008 saw the largest group of MMGSFYB scholarship recipients, with 20, $2,500 Scholarships awarded, of which 8 were first-generation.

Twenty Finalists Awarded $2,500 Scholarships

Minute Maid, Houston's hometown juice brand, and the Houston Astros announced the winners for the Grand Slam for Youth Baseball (GSFYB) Scholarships for high school seniors at the August 3rd Astros game against the New York Mets. In a pre-game ceremony on the ball field, 20 finalists received scholarships of $2,500, which will assist these students with college expenses.
"We salute these outstanding students and their accomplishments," says Mike Saint John, Sr. Vice-President, Coca-Cola North America/Minute Maid Business Unit and member of the MMGSFYB Scholarship Committee.  "This year we were able to select more scholarship winners than ever."
The scholarship winners include eight first-generation students (first in their families to attend college). These students, along with the other winners, will pursue their degrees at a variety of institutions of higher learning,  ranging from Boston University to Stanford University with the University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University and others, big and small, in the mix.  
"Through our partnership with the Astros, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of many inner-city youth in Houston by furthering the cause of education via MMGSFYB," says Saint John. "The scholarship program is one important facet of this overall effort. We believe these young adults will go on to achieve success and are excellent choices for the 2008 scholarships."
The 20 scholarship winners are: Brandon Conley (North Shore Senior High School/Ohio State University); Daniel Allen (Conroe High School/Texas A&M University); George Bember (Klein Forest High School/Baylor University); Myda DeLaCruz (Galena Park High School/Texas A&M University-Kingsville); Michael Esparza, Jr. (Charles H. Milby High School/Wiley College); Austin Freitas (Langham Creek High School/Texas A&M University); Kaylyn Harlan (Washington High School for Engineering Professions/Sam Houston State University); Joel Hudson (Klein Oak  High School/Sam Houston State University); Corey Lashway (Santa Fe High School/Texas A&M University); William Mancia (YES Preparatory Public School-Southeast Campus/Boston University); Eric Mefford (William P. Clements High School/Stanford University); John Mefford (William P. Clements High School/Stanford University); John O'Connor (Brazosport High School/University of Houston); Kyle Papso (William P. Clements High School/Texas A&M University); Matias Perez (Stephen F. Austin High School/University of Houston); Clayton Rogers of Montgomery (Montgomery High School/Texas A&M University); Julio Sanchez Berlanga (Clear Brook High School/Sam Houston State University); Rebecca Traylor (S.P. Waltrip Senior High School/University of Houston - Central); Joshua Trout (Northeast Christian Academy in Kingwood/Blinn College) and Cody Vecera (Schulenburg High School/Texas A&M University).
MMGSFYB, a partnership between Minute Maid and the Houston Astros, is a four-pronged program that promotes youth baseball and softball, along with educational endeavors for area students. The four components include: 1) sponsorship of City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department's Youth Baseball/Softball Program through provision of uniforms, equipment and instruction; 2) refurbishment of one youth baseball field each year by providing renovation of playing fields, facilities, scoreboards and other needs; 3) college scholarship program launched in 2005; and 4) unique fund raising opportunities for youth baseball teams and leagues by working at the MMGSFYB concession stand at Minute Maid Park.

Please refer to this Education Page on the MMGSFYB website for further news Regarding the 2008 MMGSFYB Scholarship application information.