In a collective effort to support youth working towards the goal of higher education, Bay Area professional sports franchises, including the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Earthquakes and San Jose Sharks, have teamed up for the 19th year of the Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (BAASST). As part of this program (the first of its kind among professional sports organizations) seven high school seniors have been selected to each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Since its inception, over $370,000 has been given to local students to be applied toward their college education.
Each Bay Area sports franchise will recognize the seven Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team recipients in a ceremony this year.
The 2016 BAASST recipients are Luis Diaz Mendoza of Richmond High School (Oakland A's), Michelle Larsen of Petaluma High School (Oakland Raiders), Mahala Herron-Rutland of Oakland High School (Golden State Warriors), Marcos Arguella-Gonzalez of Watsonville High School (San Francisco 49ers), Serena Chen of Galileo Academy of Science and Technology (San Francisco Giants), Chelsea Vuong of Armijo High School (San Jose Earthquakes), and Amy Wait of Henry M. Gunn High School (San Jose Sharks).
Students were selected from high schools within ten Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma. Each high school was provided with information about this scholarship and was encouraged to nominate candidates that met the following criteria: a minimum grade point average of 3.0, displays leadership qualities in the classroom and/or inspirational qualities on the athletic field and demonstrates the value of education, good work ethic and community outreach.
Recent Warriors BAASST Recipients
|2015||Armando Negrete||Encinal High School||Alameda|
|2014||Aaliyah Douglas||Oakland Technical School||Oakland|
|2013||Claire Williams||Amador Valley High School||Pleasanton|
|2012||Osayande Aihie||San Leandro High Schoo||San Leandro|
|2011||Beatriz Cuevas||Emery High School||Emeryville|
|2010||Hilary Vance||San Leandro High School||San Leandro|
|2009||Tyrone Radford||Castlemont Business, Information and Technology School||Oakland|
|2008||Marika Zumbro||Oakland Technical School||Oakland|
|2007||Ayano Kohlgruber||Livermore High School||Livermore|
|2006||Sara Heaps||Encinal High School||Alameda|