Last September, the Yankees finalized their plans to commerate the Stonewall Uprising -- a seminal event in the history of LGBTQ rights. On Tuesday, the team formally announced the details.
The Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative, which the team unveiled in September, will award a $10,000 scholarship to give graduating high school seniors from each of New York's five boroughs for the students to fulfill their educational and career goals.
At Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, a panel consisting of representatives from the New York City Department of Education, Stonewall Inn and New York Yankees Foundation will begin narrowing the application pool from 25 -- five from each borough.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman will be on hand when the recipients of the scholarship are announced in May. The winners will be honored in a pregame ceremony when the Yankees host the Blue Jays on June 25.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in 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," Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said when the initiative was announced in September. "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."