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Press Release

04/12/2011 11:39 AM ET
Major Leaguers award $42,000 in college scholarships to reward youth community involvement
Spotlight shines on Action Team® student leaders during volunteer recognition week

NEW YORK -- Major League baseball players will award $1,500 college scholarships to 28 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team® national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.

Scholarship awards are based on the volunteer activities, academic achievements and leadership skills of high school students serving as Action Team captains -- those students responsible for planning and organizing Action Team-related volunteer activities and encouraging their peers to heed the call to get involved. This school year, more than 75 Major Leaguers and 800 Action Team captains in 162 high schools across the country are working together to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers.

“On behalf of all Major Leaguers, it’s an honor to recognize and reward Action Team captains for their commitment to community service and the Action Team program,” said Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Brad Ziegler, an Action Team player and member of the scholarship review committee. “I’m impressed with how many students are committed to service in their local communities. These young leaders have helped us turn the Action Team program into a great launching pad for volunteers.”

The Action Team has expanded its reach every year since its launch in 2003. To date, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers have inspired more than 26,000 students to serve over 111,000 people in need. There are Action Teams in 33 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and each month the Action Team captains participate in a conference call hosted by legendary broadcaster George Grande that features a Major Leaguer and an Action Team High School of the Month.

An Action Team school-based curriculum developed by the Players Trust, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 1 million high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States. Additionally, the Action Team is launching a service-learning program on, the media-on-demand company with 15 million subscribing teachers and students in grades K-12.

Action Team applications and additional information can be received by sending a request to or by visiting To view a brief Action Team video, please visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at

Receiving scholarships from the Major League Baseball Players Trust are:

Student, Location, School
Inkisar Anwar, Allison Park, Pa., Fox Chapel Area High School
Armando Avila, Elmhurst, N.Y., Queens Vocational & Tech. H.S.
David Budway, Arlington, Va., St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Samuel Canales, Saco, Maine, Thornton Academy
Marco Candelaria, Hayward, Calif., Mt. Eden High School
Rocio Carranza, Sultan, Wash., Sultan High School
Mariela Castillo, Dallas, Texas, North Dallas High School
Caroline Cramer, Denver, Colorado Academy
Diana Duong, Oakland, Calif., Mt. Eden High School
Margaret Edmunds, Alexandria, Va., St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Zachary Fraley, Weston, Fla., Cypress Bay High School
Ariel Fuller, Bloomfield, Ind., Bloomfield High School
Kaitlyn Hall, Dayton, Maine, Thornton Academy
Julia Houska, Lakewood, Colo., Lakewood High School
Nerissa Imada, Kahului, Hawaii, St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School
Justin Johnson, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Electrical & Technical Charter High School
Victor Mauricio, Houston, Mayde Creek High School
Hailee Miguel, Hayward, Calif., Mt. Eden High School
Shelby Moen, Lake Stevens, Wash., Marysville Getchell High School
Danielle Monteiro, Everett, Wash., Mariner High School
Jessica Nelson, South St. Paul, Minn., South St. Paul High School
Breanna Olson, South St. Paul, Minn., South St. Paul High School
Ofelia Olivares, Dallas, North Dallas High School
Hannah Parks, Glenshaw, Pa., Shaler Area High School
Valeria Perez, Dallas, School of Education and Social Services
Samantha Raible, Allison Park, Pa., Shaler Area High School
Noah Rosen, Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel Area High School
Jillian Strong, Kihei, Hawaii, St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School

Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit