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Nathan Armstrong, a student at the Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, shakes hands with Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park honoring Vermont Red Sox Service Scholarship recipients.

BENNINGTON >> A Mount Anthony Union High School student was honored at Fenway Park earlier this month for his academic performance and community service.

On July 2, MAUHS senior Nathan Armstrong was honored along with 14 other Vermont students with a $1,000 Red Sox Service Scholarship. According to a press release from the Red Sox Foundation, the team's official charity, students were chosen for the award based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and demonstrated community service.

The awards were presented before that Saturday's game between the Red Sox and the Angels. On hand were Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Red Sox Foundation Board member Linda Pizzuti Henry, who is the wife of Red Sox principal owner John Henry, Red Sox Executive Vice President of Partnerships Troup Parkinson, and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson.

The service scholarship program was introduced in 2010 by then-New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and the Henrys. The program has since expanded from 10 qualifying New Hampshire public schools in its inaugural year, to 50 schools in 2016. One student from each high school is chosen for the award. The service scholarships are available in all six New England states. This is the scholarship program's third year in Vermont.


The Vermont high schools eligible to have their students receive awards are Brattleboro Union High School, in Brattleboro; Otter Valley Union High School, in Brandon; Champlain Vally Union High School, in Hinesburg; Rutland High School, in Rutland; Hartford High School, in White River Jct.; South Burlington High School, in South Burlington; Harwood Union High School, in Moretown; Spaulding High School, in Barre; Hazen Union High School, in Hardwick; Stowe High School, in Stowe; Missisquoi Valley Union High School, in Swanton; Vergennes Union High School, in Vergennes; Mount Anthony Union High School, in Bennington; Woodstock Union High School, in Woodstock; and North Country Union High School, in Newport.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.