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Red Sox Plate a Run for Scholarship Funds

Branded license plates drive scholarship programs in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

(Photo by Steve Babineau/Boston Red Sox)

The Red Sox Foundation wants baseball fans in Connecticut and Rhode Island to show their true colors for a good cause.

The foundation’s license plate program raises money for a college scholarship fund aimed at public high school students in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The scholarships are awarded based on commitment to community service, academic talent, and financial need. And applicants must have a car or truck registered in their state.

“We’re proud to honor high school students who have not only demonstrated their talent in the classroom, but also shown a commitment to their community,” said Linda Pizzuti Henry, a Red Sox Foundation board member.

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The funds stay in their respective states, distributed equally to one student from each participating school. This year, 53 public high schools in Connecticut and 43 in Rhode Island are taking part in the program.

The plates can be ordered through the foundation’s site. Fans have the choice of sticking with their current numbers and letters or coming up with a personalized version.

The license plate scholarship program started in Rhode Island and Connecticut in the winter of 2012/2013. A little over half of the plate’s cost goes to the Department of Motor Vehicles for production. The remainder feeds into the Red Sox Foundation’s Scholarship Program.

The Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, started in 2002 and since then has donated to over 1,680 organizations.

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