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01/10/2008 4:01 PM ET
Ordoñez set to announce Family Scholarship
Community event to be held at Holy Redeemer Church in southwest Detroit
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DETROIT -- Magglio Ordoñez usually hits all of his home runs on a baseball field. However, this weekend, the reigning American League batting champion will begin touching all the bases to help deserving high school seniors attend college.

The Detroit Tigers Caravan will make a special stop at a community event in Southwest Detroit on Sunday, January 13 to formally announce the creation of the Ordoñez Family Scholarship.

The Ordoñez Family Scholarship is an endowed scholarship funded by a generous donation to the Detroit Tigers Foundation by Ordoñez and his family. Administered through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Ordoñez Family Scholarship will award an annual $2,500 scholarship to a Southwest Detroit high school senior to attend college, renewable for up to four years (up to $10,000).

The announcement on Sunday will be part of a community event to be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1721 Junction Avenue, and hosted by the Southwest Detroit Business Association. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The scholarship announcement will take place from 11:15-11:45 a.m. with participants available to answer media questions for approximately 15 minutes following the event.

In addition to Ordoñez, also expected to participate in the program on Sunday are Jordan Field, manager of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Robin Ferriby, Vice President Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and Kathy Wendler, Southwest Detroit Business Association President.

"We are proud to join Magglio and his family in making this commitment to the youth of Southwest Detroit," said Elaine Lewis, Vice President, Community and Public Affairs for the Tigers. "We look forward to celebrating and honoring the Ordoñez Family Scholarship winners at Comerica Park for years to come."

The first Ordoñez Family Scholarship will be awarded this spring. The application deadline for students interested in the scholarship is April 1, 2008. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of Southwest Detroit and have attended a Southwest Detroit high school for their entire secondary education. Southwest Detroit is generally defined as the area south of I-94 and west of the I-75/I-96 interchange in the city of Detroit. Students can contact the Community Foundation or their high school guidance counselor for additional information or applications.

"This scholarship is another key investment made in our community by the Detroit Tigers organization and the Ordoñez family," Wendler said. "We look forward to working with them on creating many more opportunities for Southwest Detroit in the future."

The Detroit Tigers Foundation is committed to using the game of baseball to enhance the quality of life in its community with a focus on youth, education and recreation. It aids in the development and funding of innovative programs, including field renovation projects that reach the community with positive messages and promote the good citizenship embodied in the storied history of the Detroit Tigers.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, founded in 1984, is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of Southeast Michigan. The Community Foundation works to improve the region's quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter and supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. The Community Foundation has assets of more than $670 million and, since its inception, has distributed more than $295 million through more than 29,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.

The Southwest Detroit Business Association is an award-winning Community Development Corporation (CDC) committed to fostering innovation, drive and commitment in the community. Working with investors, entrepreneurs, customers and neighbors, it capitalizes on Southwest Detroit's competitive advantage, supporting the community's vision for a healthy, vibrant neighborhood.
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