Acta awards scholarships to local students

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com

Manny Acta’s ImpACTA Kids Foundation has done wonders for the children in the Indians manager’s hometown of Consuelo, in the Dominican Republic. Acta has built fields and a library facility on fields once covered by weeds, and he’s also sponsored a Little League program that bears his name.

But Acta’s charitable efforts aren’t limited to the Dominican. He has taken to Cleveland as his home away from home, investing in the futures of some of the area’s best and brightest students through a scholarship program that began last year, his first at the helm of the Tribe.

On Tuesday, Acta awarded scholarships to two bright and motivated students – Ashley Linston, a graduate of St. Peter Chanel High School, and John Maher, a graduate of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. Linston will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall, majoring in pre-pharmacy, while Maher will be attending the University of Dayton, studying computer engineering.

In order to be eligible to win the $2,500 awards, Linston and Maher participated in an essay contest, compiled a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or better, enrolled in a four-year university for the fall and had plans to major in the field of science, technology or business. Each year, Acta is awarding the scholarships to one male and one female graduating senior in the greater Cleveland area who meets those criteria and has a financial need.

“I’m a part of this community now,” Acta said. “Our foundation is about making an impact on the lives of others, especially kids that are willing to give back to their community once they’ve achieved their goals.”

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