Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Jose Bautista faced many challenges in his transition to life in the United States, in pursuit of both a baseball career, and a college education. Through the generous assistance of the Latin Athletes Education Fund, Jose received the support and guidance necessary to help adapt to all facets of life in the United States, while attending college and playing baseball.
Jose established the Bautista Family Education Fund in 2011 as an effort to help those facing similar obstacles that Jose was able to overcome in pursuit of his professional aspirations, both on and off the field. While initially focused in the Dominican Republic, in 2012, the Bautista Family Education Fund extended its reach to include Jose’s new home of Canada, and recently began assisting its first Canadian athlete. The BFEF will expand its mission beyond baseball to provide support for athletes in a variety of sports played at the University level.
Beneficiaries of the BFEF receive support in a variety of ways, including mentorship in all facets of transitioning to life as a collegiate athlete, as well as subsidies for certain education related expenses including room and board and meals. Candidates are selected based not only on their performance in sports, but also on their achievements in academic endeavors. They are required to meet a High School GPA standard, and if English is their second language, perform satisfactorily on the TOEFL exam. The BFEF emphasizes academic achievements along with athletics to allow candidates to reach their full potential off the field, and maximize all future career opportunities in conjunction with their athletic aspirations.
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