Angel L. Bernard of Abramson Sci Academy
and St. Aug Baseball Star Jordan Vidato
The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation, New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy and the “Each One Save One” mentoring program are proud to announce Abramson Sci Academy Senior Angel L. Bernard and St. Augustine Senior Jordan Vidato as the recipients of the 2019 Jack Fielkow Scholarship Program.
Each scholarship winner receives $2,000 for demonstrating academic achievement, community participation, leadership skills and financial need.
Ms. Bernard will enter Southern University Baton Rouge or Grambling State University this fall, seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. She has been a leader at Abramson Sci Academy, serving as President of the Student Council, a peer mediator, as well as member of the school flag team and basketball squad. She hopes her business degree will prepare her to start her own catering company. She was recommended by Each One Save One for her strong leadership skills, exemplified by maintaining a high grade point average while being a school leader and working part-time since the 10thgrade.
Mr. Vidato has been a five-year member of the MLB Youth Academy, and Manager Eddie Davis said the St. Augustine Senior’s leadership on and off the field earned him the scholarship. Mr. Vidato is a three-year varsity star player for the St. Augustine High Baseball Team, where he served as outfielder/infielder. He will attend Panola College in Carthage, Tx.
“Jordan has provided service hours to the Academy and represents what a MLB Youth Academy Member should be,” said Director Davis. “Off the field, Jordan finished with a GPA over 3.0 and his application essay communicated why he deserved the award. On the field Jordan was a varsity at St. Augustine High School and he also participated in several high-profile MLB Academy events.”
The Jack Fielkow Scholarship, awarded annually, will assist these two high school graduates with room and board cost as well as tuition. Both students were selected by a committee including Arnie Fielkow, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and the former New Orleans City Council President and Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints.
Mr. Fielkow made a $40,000 donation in his father’s name via the Jack Fielkow Scholarship Fund which local banks matched to establish the fund. “My family and I are very proud to have once again partnered with MLB Urban Youth Academy and Each One Save One for this wonderful program,” said Mr. Fielkow.
“It gives us great pleasure to present these two outstanding students and athletes with the Jack Fielkow Scholarship”, said MLB Manager Davis. “We know that Mr. Jack Fielkow had a passion for sports and a passion to promote better citizenship. We believe that these students have the same passion and have demonstrated the desire to excel!”
“The Jack Fielkow Scholarship provides our young people with an opportunity to pursue their dreams,” said Each One Save One Founder Cathy Harris. “We are thrilled for the great achievements of Angel and Jordan. We eagerly anticipate their success at the college level.”
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ABOUT JACK FIELKOW SCHOLARSHIP
The Jack Fielkow Scholarship Program was created in 2011 and is named after the late Jack Fielkow, the father of former New Orleans City Council President Arnie D. Fielkow. The Jack Fielkow Scholarship program funds two $2,000 college scholarships annually, one awarded to a participant from the MLB Urban Youth Academy and one from the New Orleans-based mentoring program, Each One Save One. Jack was an avid sports enthusiast and had a great love for the City of New Orleans. Arnie played an instrumental role in the building of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in New Orleans and has a baseball background in serving as the President of Minor League Baseball’s AA Southern League. Arnie also previously served as Executive Vice President of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and President & CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association and is currently the CEO/President of Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.
ABOUT NEW ORLEANS MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY
The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium opened in 2012, replacing a 55-year-old facility that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The facility operates in coordination with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission to offer a dynamic youth program that provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction as well as educational and baseball vocation programming for more than 2500 young people from underserved and urban communities throughout southern Louisiana.
ABOUT EACH ONE SAVE ONE
For 25 years, Each One Save One has been helping to change the lives of thousands of area children by recruiting, screening and training volunteer mentors who encourage and empower them to reach their fullest potential. Read our mentee success stories at www.eachonesaveone.org