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UP Academy Dorchester Student Selected as Red Sox Scholar

Boston, MA, June 19, 2018 - Janichka Jean Nordeus, a 7th grade student at UP Academy Dorchester, was one of ten 7th grade students citywide named a Red Sox Scholar this spring. The Red Sox Scholars is a college scholarship and enrichment program managed by the Red Sox Foundation.  

Janichka moved to Boston from Puerto Rico as a child and is praised by her history teacher Jordan Manchester as a “very hard-working, kind, and inclusive student” who loves reading and writing and continuously strives to achieve a standard of excellence. The oldest of three, she works tirelessly to set a positive example for her younger brothers. Janichka will be the first in her family to attend college. 

“Janichka is truly a joy to celebrate, as she is a natural leader, kind, thoughtful and articulate, and someone her peers greatly respect” said Mistie Parsons, UP Academy Dorchester’s Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. 

Janichka and the other scholarship recipients will be honored on the field at Fenway Park this Sunday, June 24th. 

About UP Education Network
UP Academy Dorchester is one of six UP Academies managed by UP Education Network (UP), the largest non-profit school management organization in Massachusetts. UP’s vision is to transform schools into exceptional learning environments in partnership with families and communities; create schools where students can cultivate their sharp minds, share their kind hearts, and explore their path and potential; and prepare its graduates to succeed on the path toward college and pursue their passions. UP is one of the only organizations in the nation dedicated to tackling the challenges of in-district school turnaround. For more information, please visit

About the Red Sox Scholars 
The Red Sox Scholars presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a college scholarship and enrichment program managed by the Red Sox Foundation. The program was created in 2003 under the leadership of Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, and then President/CEO Larry Lucchino as part of their commitment to the community.  From 2003 to 2006, the program selected twenty-five (25) fifth-grade students to receive scholarships of $5,000.  Over the next 5 years, the Red Sox Foundation increased the amount of each scholarship to $10,000, while also reducing the number of Scholars in each new class to ten (10) and selecting them in the seventh grade.  In 2016, the program transitioned into its current form when Doris Buffett and the Letters Foundation committed to funding an additional two (2) Scholars – “Sunshine Scholars” – per year.

Red Sox Scholars are selected in the spring of their 7th grade year. The programming for our newest class of Scholars focuses on participating in community service activities, encouraging strong academic habits, and navigating the high school application process. As Scholars advance through high school, the focus of the program shifts to preparing our Scholars for job opportunities and helping them to navigate the college application and financial aid processes. In college, the Red Sox Foundation connects with Scholars to determine their scholarship disbursement schedule, prepare resumes, and position themselves to succeed post-graduation. 

For more information contact:
Victoria Lautsch
UP Education Network
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