Josie Ford is the recipient of the Vermont Red Sox Service Scholarship, which was presented during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Texas Rangers game in July. A recent graduate of South Burlington High School (SBHS), Ford graduated summa cum laude June 15. Red Sox Scholars receive $1,000 scholarships towards their college education and are selected based on academic standing, demonstration of volunteer work, essay, and letter of recommendation.
“I am honored to be an award recipient and to be associated with an organization as dedicated to community service and education as the Red Sox Foundation,” said Ford, whose community service activities included tutoring Burundian refugees. In addition, Ford volunteered at local elementary schools, nursing homes, and farms through SBHS’s Coalition for Community Service program, engaged with mental health patients at Counseling Services of Addison County, and worked with South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department on such events as the Father Daughter Dance and the Halloween Spooktacular.
The scholarship recipients were congratulated on the field at Fenway Park by Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy and Red Sox Executive Vice President Troup Parkinson. Ford remarked, “I had a blast meeting the other students being honored from high schools all over Vermont and talking to them about their future plans; they are an impressive group! It was very exciting to not only attend my first Red Sox game but to also be recognized on the field during the pregame ceremony.”
This fall, Ford is headed to Cornell University where she plans to pursue a degree in biology. “I hope to also earn a Spanish minor and to study abroad,” said Ford, adding, “I want to get involved on campus, join service groups, and delve into volunteering opportunities in the Ithaca community. I am excited for what the next four years hold and thankful to the Red Sox Foundation for helping to make it possible.”