Shining the Spotlight on the Sunshine Scholars & The Red Sox Scholars Program

At the Letters Foundation, we are fortunate to work with phenomenal partner organizations, like the Red Sox Foundation, in an effort to support those who would benefit from additional financial assistance.

Amy Kingman, our executive director, recently sat down with The Red Sox Foundation and Tom Caron on NESN to discuss our work.

The Red Sox Foundation runs the award-winning Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides nine years of mentoring, enrichment activities and educational scholarship to students in Boston Public Schools from low-income backgrounds.  The program began in 2003, where 25 fifth-grade students were selected and granted $5,000 scholarships.  After 2006, the Red Sox Scholars program decided to make a deeper investment in their students and selected ten seventh-grade students annually, who were each awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

Red Sox Scholars at Fenway Park for Rocket Day (June 2017)
Red Sox Scholars at Fenway Park for Rocket Day (June 2017)

The Letters Foundation increased its investment in the Red Sox Scholars program in 2016.  Doris, a long-time supporter of the program, sat on the selection committee to help choose the newest cohort of Scholars.  During that process, Doris saw the potential within two young students who would benefit from the program, and advocated for them to join the newest class by offering to fund their scholarships.  Today, those students continue to thrive.

Doris’s commitment to youth development and her love of the Red Sox Scholars Program motivated her to initiate a five-year commitment in the spring of 2017 to funding two additional Scholars – known as Sunshine Scholars – each year, increasing the annual Red Sox Scholars cohort to a total of twelve students per year.  In 2018, Letters Foundation selected and supported four students, now expanding our cohort to eight Sunshine Scholars.

Doris Buffett enjoying Fenway Park
Doris Buffett enjoying Fenway Park

The program not only helps students with the high school application process, but focuses on promoting community service and developing strong academics.  As the students progress, the focus of the program shifts to help them navigate the college application process and prepare for the workforce. The Red Sox Scholars program helps to ensure that students are prepared for a successful future.

We are proud to support these Sunshine Scholars and excited to see them continue to grow!