|Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Yankees, New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, and The Stonewall Inn recently announced that applications are open for the 2021 Yankees-Stonewall Scholarships.
This is the third year of this groundbreaking initiative, which gives scholarships to one New York City public school graduating senior from each of New York's five boroughs.
The application is open until April 30 for these $10,000 college scholarships that celebrate the achievements of these excellent seniors who have demonstrated strong academic achievement and impactful support of the LGBTQ community.
All New York City public school seniors are eligible to apply at www.schools.nyc.gov/lgbtq.
The New York City Department of Education, in partnership with the Yankees and The Stonewall Inn, will review all applications and select the five recipients to be announced this spring.
Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman said in a statement, "We could not be more proud as we continue our support of the Yankees-Stonewall Scholarship, which empowers the next generation of LGBTQ leaders to reach their educational goals and achieve their dreams for the future. This initiative is also symbolic of our deep respect and gratitude for those who have devoted their lives to promoting and establishing equality for the LGBTQ community, which has had such a profound and meaningful legacy - especially in New York City. The Yankees unequivocally support and celebrate those who advocate for a more inclusive and tolerant world, and we can't wait to see what our scholars will accomplish."
The Yankees-Stonewall Scholars initiative was created in September 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and celebrate the achievements of New York City public school students.
In June 2020, five students were each awarded $10,000 college scholarships, and the winners were Lauren Hidalgo (she/her) from Queens, Tee Bernard (He/They) from the Bronx, Cole Neufeld (They) from Manhattan and two anonymous winners from Brooklyn and Staten Island.
NYC School Chancellor Meisha Porter said in a statement, "I couldn't be more thrilled to work with my close friends at the New York Yankees in continuing the legacy of the Stonewall Inn and supporting our incredible LGBTQ seniors. This year has been unique and challenging in so many ways - I encourage our seniors to apply for this opportunity, share it with your classmates, and prepare to celebrate your graduation and all that life has in store for you. And, as always, let's go Yankees!"