New York Yankees Giving $50,000 in LGBT Scholarships

This baseball team is honoring Stonewall’s 50th anniversary by helping out LGBT college students.

In a press release last week, baseball team the New York Yankees announced the Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative for the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising “and celebrate the achievements of New York City Public School graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to equality and impactful support for the LGBTQ community.”

The initiative will give $10,000 to five college students, one from each borough of New York City.

"Through this initiative we are proud to recognize the profound historical impact of Stonewall and celebrate the many meaningful contributions of the LGBTQ community," said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "The Yankees wholeheartedly support equality for all individuals and applaud any efforts which make our society more inclusive and tolerant. It is our hope that this scholarship program will serve as a springboard for young LGBTQ student community members and advocates as they continue the pursuit of their dreams, ambitions and livelihoods."

Award recipients will be honored at the Yankees homestand in their stadium June 17-26 of next year.

"This tremendous show of support by the New York Yankees is going to have an incredible impact for students who have given so much to their schools and communities," said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. "I look forward to meeting these exceptional students in June."

Previously, the Yankees were known as the only club in Major League Baseball without its own LGBT pride night.

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