Posted On: 6/27/2014 10:38 AM

25 Merit & Need-Based Awards Given in Fall 2014

BOSTON, MA – In the face of a national student debt crisis estimated at about $1 trillion, Fisher College is stepping to the plate with 25 new merit and need-based scholarships for minority students in the Boston area beginning in the fall 2014.
The Base
Fisher College is proud to announce today a new partnership with The Base – a nationally recognized sports training academy and academic support network for African-American and Latino boys – to offer $15,000 in merit and need-based scholarships for 25 eligible students affiliated with the Boston-based organization known for using sports as a way to engage young athletes in the pursuit of excellence, both on and off the field.
“Fisher College is committed to providing new opportunities for high school students living in Boston,” said Thomas M. McGovern, president of Fisher College. “These new scholarships will be awarded in recognition of academic and personal achievements in secondary school and participation at The Base or its affiliated partners. We intend to offer these scholarships for up to four years, provided the recipient is enrolled as a full-time student and maintains a high school or college GPA above 2.0.”
For The Base founder, Robert Lewis, Jr. – a longtime community leader who formed what famed baseball writer Peter Gammons described as “hands down, the best urban baseball team in America (the Boston Astros)” – the partnership is a perfect fit.

“The Base is built on three principles: baseball, personalized academic support, and helping young men develop a winning game plan for life,” Lewis said. “Fisher College is committed to those same principles. But let’s face it: a college education can be expensive, and financially out of reach for some young people. Fisher College is offering an opportunity for committed, hard-working ball players to get an affordable college education and enhance their lives beyond the diamond.”


About Fisher College
Fisher College is an independent, private, nonprofit, accredited four-year college located in Boston’s historic Back Bay with instructional site locations in Boston, Brockton, New Bedford, and North Attleboro. Fisher provides affordable, real-world educations that prepare students to achieve their career goals and compete in today’s challenging economy. For more than a century, Fisher has been improving lives by providing opportunities to students focused on the three most important aspects of a college experience: education, dedication, and life.

Fisher’s Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies offers a variety of online degree programs that provide flexible scheduling to busy students earning their degree. Additionally, Fisher’s “Military to Management” initiative proudly offers benefits and flexible degree options to veterans and active military personnel seeking higher education. Recently, Fisher College launched its new Transportation Safety Initiative that will work to educate students and the community on the dangers of distracted driving and safe driving habits that can save lives. For more information about Fisher College, please call (617) 236-8800 or visit

About The Base
Housed in the heart of Boston’s Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan neighborhoods, The Base provides comprehensive athletic and educational advancement opportunities for prominent student athletes on three distinct principles for success: (1) superior baseball training, conditioning, and competition; (2) personalized educational resources and support; and (3) the development of a “Winning Game Plan for Life.” Born out of The Boston Astros’ culture and methodology, The Base is a model that leverages sports as a vehicle to engage youth in a positive, rigorous, passionate, and success-driven environment with the goal of excellence—both on and off the field.

In the three decades since its inception at The Villa Victoria Housing Development in the South End neighborhood of Boston, the Astros have achieved immense success, having just been named “2013 Triple Crown Sports’ U.S. Baseball Champions,” and “2012 Team of the Year” (besting 40,000 other teams across the country). Four former Astros have reached the Major League Baseball level: Manny Delcarmen (Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals), Juan Carlos Portes (Minnesota Twins), Nelfi Zapata (New York Mets), and Eddy Morabel (Texas Rangers).


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Jennifer Sacca Courtney
Director of Public Relations
Fisher College

Sean Gonsalves
Regan Marketing
508-420-5566 ext. 9


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