The Astros Foundation and Minute Maid teamed up to hand out 30 scholarships in a special pregame ceremony on Saturday.
These recent high school graduates received their scholarships as part of the Minute Maid Grand Slam for Youth Baseball (GSFYB) program. Twenty-five winners received scholarships of $2,500 while five received grants of $500. Over the years, winners have represented 109 high schools from 55 towns and cities throughout Texas.
"We once again salute outstanding students and their accomplishments," said Mike Saint John, President of Minute Maid. "This marks the fifth consecutive year we have been able to provide 25 scholarships. Since the program’s inception in 2005, more than 175 scholarships have been granted. All recipients are deserving and will represent us well in their academic and professional careers."
With family present, photos were taken of each recipient as they were introduced and their college of choice was announced.
The final three were given out in the name of Astros great Jimmy Wynn, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Milo Hamilton and Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan who were all present for the ceremony. Hamilton also personally funded one additional scholarship for $2,500.
“I’ve been with it since the beginning,” Hamilton said. “We had a great time at the ceremony. Most of the winners are first-generation – no brothers or sisters or parents that ever went to college – so that really makes it special. These kids needed help and we were happy to give it to them.”
After the ceremony, all of the recipients were introduced on the field during pregame. Two lucky winners, Chris Schroeder and Alyson Gregory, got to throw out the first pitch.