In 2005, the makers of Minute Maid and Astros In Action Foundation announced the Grand Slam For Youth Baseball Scholarship Program to assist greater Houston-area high school senior boys and girls with college expenses. Since the scholarship program inception, MMGSFYB has given over 100 scholarships to Houston area high school seniors. Over 40 of these scholarships were awarded to first-generation students.

GRAND SLAM FOR YOUTH BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED:
A Record 25 Finalists Are Awarded $2,500 Scholarships

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Minute Maid and the Houston Astros recognized the 2010 Grand Slam for Youth Baseball (GSFYB) Scholarship recipients at the Astros game against the Cincinnati Reds. In a pre-game ceremony on the ball field, 25 finalists received scholarships of $2,500, which will assist these students with college expenses. The 25 students represent 16 different cities; 20 different independent school districts and 3 private schools. The 2010 class of recipients include seven first-generation students (first in their families to attend college) and will pursue their degrees at 14 different institutions of higher learning, including Washington & Lee, the University of Oklahoma and 12 Texas universities, large and small.

 

Pictured kneeling from left to right are:

Cody Alderete of Taylor, TX (Taylor High School/Texas Texas State University)

Kelsey Bartos of Bay City (Bay City High School/Tarleton State)

Corey Bass of Sweeny (Sweeny High School/UT San Antonio)

Ariel Smith (Jefferson Davis High School/Sam Houston State University)

Helen Tau of Lake Jackson (Brazoswood High School/University of Texas at Austin)

Taylor Enis (Stratford High School/University of Oklahoma)

Justina Frank (Klein Collins/University of North Texas)

Hanah Gibson (Pearland High School/Texas State)

Samuel Mason (St. Thomas High School/Washington & Lee)

Brian Parr (Houston Christian High School/Texas A&M University)

Brian Veracruz (YES Prep – Southeast/University of Houston)

 

Standing left to tight are:

James Pierce, representing his daughter Opal Pierce (Booker T. Washington HSEP /University of Oklahoma)

Luke Pumphrey of Needville (Needville High School/Texas A&M University;

Keith Russell (Booker T. Washington HSEP/University of Houston)

Kyle Bulpitt of Texas City (Texas City High School/Texas A&M)

Joseph Burks of Conroe (Willis High School/University of Houston)

Jacob Carr of Lexington, TX (Lexington High School/Texas A&M)

Albert Traylor (Waltrip High School/Blinn College)

Samuel Trevino (Reagan High School/San Jacinto College)

Tyler Ulmer (Clear Lake High School/Texas A&M)

Kevin Valenti (Pasadena Memorial High School/University of Texas at Austin)

Vanessa Vazquez (Galena Park High School/San Jacinto College)

McKinnley West (Klein Forest High School/Prairie View A&M)

Logan Wilson of Falfurrias (Falfurrias High School/Coastal Bend College)

 

Scholarship recipient Michael Kutac of Schulenberg (Schulenberg High School/Galveston College) was recognized August 17, 2010. Michael is pictured with MMGSFYB Spokesman, Michael Bourn.

 

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