(Editor's note: The following information was supplied by HP Hood public relations.)
HP Hood, New England's leading dairy processor, awarded 18 high school seniors $5,000 Hood Sportsmanship Scholarships presented by Hood Milk during a ceremony at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, May 20. Three high school seniors from each of the six New England States - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont - were honored for their integrity and sportsmanship on and off the playing field.
Among the winners who recently graduated from Tewksbury High.
HP Hood received more than 2,500 entries and 10 finalists in each state were determined by a general public vote, which was followed by in-person interviews by a panel of judges who identified the top three in each state.
"We were impressed by the quality of applicants that we received and overwhelmed by their commitment to good sportsmanship on the field, in the classroom and in their communities," said Lynne Bohan, Hood spokesperson. "We wish each student - and all of the applicants - the best of luck as they start their college career."
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins presented the scholarships and spoke to students about the importance of good sportsmanship. The winners were also given a private tour of Gillette Stadium.
Hood Milk awarded a total of 18 $5,000 college scholarships for a total of $90,000.
Massachusetts winners included:
Ryan Eatherton of Tewksbury, Tewksbury Memorial HS; attending Emerson College.
Kaelyn Hilliard of Bridgewater, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional HS; attending Boston University.
Joseph Kuykendall of Andover, Andover High School; attending James Madison University.
Each applicant was required to meet the following in order to participate in the program:
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA
- Participated in a varsity sport in high school
- Volunteered in his/her community
- Displayed a high degree of sportsmanship while participating in sports in high school
For more information, and rules and regulations, please visit Hood.com.