In 2012, the Rays Baseball Foundation and Helios Education Foundation teamed up to announce a $1 million commitment to students participating in Take Stock in Children in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco counties over a five year period. The partnership is aimed at giving students the financial resources and mentorship support they need to successfully achieve a postsecondary education at any Florida state college. Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The program offers students college scholarships, mentorship and hope for a better life. The program's comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include helping students transition to college. Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating a high-expectations, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida by investing in initiatives that create opportunities for postsecondary education success. Helios is contributing its leadership, expertise and financial resources to better prepare students to succeed academically and to compete in a globally competitive economy.
The Rays Baseball Foundation awards $32,000 in scholarships annually to Academy Prep locations in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Academy Prep provides an academic environment designed for students who may not have succeeded in a traditional school environment. The centers inspire and empower economically disadvantaged students to become future community leaders through a middle school program and ongoing graduate support.
The Rays Baseball Foundation is proud to provide a $10,000 scholarship annually to support the University of South Florida Latino Scholarship Program. This university-wide financial need based scholarship is designed to assist USF in achieving and sustaining the education benefits of diversity and community and the increasing number of USF students interested in the issues affecting the Latino community and/or likely to give back to the Latino community after graduation.
The Monte Irvin Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 gift designed to recognize and support the higher education of two outstanding high school students in Pinellas County. Scholarship winners are shining examples of academic excellence, strong character and commitment to the community. Winners are selected from the Rays F.L.Y. program each spring.
In memory of beloved front office staff member Barry Jones, the Rays Baseball Foundation established the Barry Jones Memorial Scholarship. This one-time, $2,500 scholarship recognizes a Manatee County student who exemplifies outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to community service.