In appreciation for Pride Month, the Yankees announced that for the second consecutive year, the Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative has awarded five college scholarships to New York City Public School seniors that demonstrate high academic performance, as well as having a positive impact on the LGBTQ+ community.
This initiative honors a student from each of the five boroughs with a college scholarship of $10,000 to assist them in the pursuit of their educational and career aspirations.
The selection process was aided by Major League Baseball, the Stonewall Inn, New York City’s Mayor’s Office, Athlete’s Ally, and the New York City Department of Education’s partnership with representatives from the New York Yankees.
The award winners of the Yankee-Stonewall Scholarship are Cole Neufeld (Manhattan) of Bard High School Early College Manhattan, Lauren Hidalgo (Queens) of Francis Lewis High School, Tamia “Tee” Barnard (Bronx) of High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice located in Manhattan, and two non-publicly identified recipients from Staten Island and Brooklyn.
These students were congratulated through a Zoom call on June 1st from several Yankee, Stonewall Inn, and New York City’s Department of Education representatives. One of these representatives was Brian Cashman, the Yankees Senior Vice President, and General Manager.
“It was an honor to meet with so many bright young people, and it gave a lot of hope to me, especially with what is going on in the world today,” Cashman said. “It’s clear that our five scholarship recipients will be agents of change as we continue along the path of making the world a safer, more accepting, and inclusive place. Congratulations for standing out among a truly inspiring group of individuals. We also want to thank the Stonewall Inn for paving the way for so many. We hope to connect what it stands for with the voice of the Yankees organization to empower young people toward lives of meaningful action and change.”
The Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative was founded in September 2018 to acknowledge the importance of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising as well as the academic accomplishments of New York City Public School students.
On May 22, 2019, Alex Rosado (Manhattan), Hugh Goldstein (Queens), Francheska Colon (Bronx), Ashley Farrell (Staten Island), and a non-publicly identified student in Brooklyn represented the inaugural class of recipients to receive the Yankees-Stonewall Scholarships.
The following month, on June 25, 2019, the quintet was honored with a permanent plaque in Monument Park to recognize WorldPride 2019, the impact and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, the events of the day, and the inclusive spirit of Yankee Stadium.
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