In 2005, the makers of Minute Maid and the Astros announced the Minute Maid 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 more than 180 scholarships to Houston area high school seniors and 42% of these scholarships were awarded to first-generation students.
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2015 Minute Maid Grand Slam for Youth Baseball
Scholarship Winners

Minute Maid, in partnership with the Houston Astros, announced the winners of the 2015 Minute Maid Grand Slam for Youth Baseball (MMGSFYB) Scholarships for high school seniors at the June 27th Astros game against the New York Yankees, during a pre-game ceremony at Minute Maid Park. The 25 finalists received scholarships of $2,500 that will assist these students with college expenses. The 25 students represented many different cities, 12 school districts, and 2 private schools in Texas. The scholarship winners include 12 first-generation college students. These students, along with the other winners, will pursue their degrees at a variety of institutions of higher learning, both small and large, including the University of Virginia, Sam Houston State University, Pepperdine University, Stephen F. Austin University and more than 10 other colleges/universities.

Besides sponsoring the scholarship program for 11 years, Minute Maid Grand Slam for Youth Baseball, sponsors the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Free Youth Baseball/Softball Program providing uniforms, equipment and instruction; and unique fundraising opportunities for youth baseball teams and leagues.

The 2015 class includes:

  • Pictured: (Kneeling left to right)
  • Morgan McCoy from Conroe. A graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Morgan will be attending Lone Star College.
  • Leslie Hernandez from Houston. A graduate of Milby High School, Leslie will be attending Texas A&M University.
  • Yesinia Leija from Houston. A graduate of Scarborough High School, Yesinia will be attending Stephen F. Austin University.
  • Jennifer Guzman from Houston. A graduate of KIPP Generations Collegiate, Jennifer will be attending Sam Houston State University.
  • Kiara Cooper from Houston. A graduate of DeBakey High School, Kiara will be attending University of Virginia.
  • Chelsea Conaway from Missouri City. A graduate of Thurgood Marshall High School, Chelsea will be attending Prairie View A&M.
  • Asa Bailey from Houston. A graduate of Carl Wunsche High School, Asa will be attending Pepperdine University.
  • William Archer from Baytown. A graduate of Barbers Hill High School, William will be attending Texas A&M University.
  • Michael Buckley from Houston. A graduate of Second Baptist High School, Michael will be attending the University of Oklahoma.
  • Tania Gonzalez from Galveston. A graduate of Ball High School, Tania will be attending the Galveston College.
  • (Standing left to right)
  • Jahad Thompson from Houston. A graduate of Klein Forest High School, Jahad will be attending Blinn College – Bryan Campus.
  • Kendall Pryor from Richmond. A graduate of Foster High School, Kendall will be attending Texas A&M University.
  • Grady Hefley from Houston. A graduate of Lamar Senior High School, Grady will be attending Blinn College – Bryan Campus.
  • Sophia Zekkour from Sugar Land. A graduate of Clements High School, Sophia will be attending Texas A&M University.
  • Jacob Strom from Houston. A graduate of St. Thomas High School, Jacob will be attending Texas Tech University.
  • Ronnie Kuriakose from Sugar Land. A graduate of Clements High School, Ronnie will be attending the University of Virginia.
  • Gabriel Salazar from Houston. A graduate of KIPP Generations Collegiate, Gabriel will be attending Southwestern University.
  • Aadithya Srivatsav from Sugar Land. A graduate of Elkins High School, Aadithya will be attending Texas A&M University.
  • Chelsea Perez from Houston. A graduate of George Bush High School, Chelsea will be attending Texas Tech University.
  • Hector Arroyo from Houston. A graduate of KIPP Generations Collegiate, Hector will be attending the University of Houston.
  • Michael Walther from Cypress. A graduate of Cypress Ranch High School, Michael will be attending Texas A&M University.
  • Christopher Quisuinay from Houston. A graduate of Pasadena High School, Christopher will be attending San Jacinto College.
  • Casandra Perez from Galena Park. A graduate of Galena High School, Casandra will be attending Sam Houston State University.
  • Jessica Murski from Magnolia. A graduate of Magnolia High School, Jessica will be attending Lone Star College.
  • Meagan Dowling from Spring. A graduate of Spring High School, Meagan will be attending Sam Houston State University.

Congratulations to all and best of luck for the coming school year!

 

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