Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Jackie Robinson Foundation - College Scholarship and Leadership Development for Minority Youths

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-profit national organization founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his achievements. Serving as an advocate for young people with the greatest need, the Foundation assists increasing numbers of minority youths through the granting of four-year scholarships for higher education.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides much more than financial support. While each Jackie Robinson Scholar receives up to $7,500 a year in financial support, they also become an active member in the Foundation’s unique Education and Leadership Development Program, which is an extensive mentoring program that includes attendance at workshops, assignment of a peer and a professional mentor and placement into summer internships and permanent employment.


  • 57 new JRF Scholars
  • 12 Extra Innings Fellows
  • 259 total JRF Scholars and Fellows
  • JRF Scholars are enrolled at 93 colleges and universities
  • JRF Scholars represent 30 States and the District of Columbia
  • 92 corporations, foundations and individuals currently support the Foundation’s Education and Leadership Development Program (ELDP).


  • Over 1,200 students from 43 states and the District of Columbia have received scholarships.
  • Over $16 million in scholarship awards have been distributed.
  • JRF Scholars maintain a 97% graduation rate – more than twice the national average for minority students.
  • Founded in 1986, the JRF Alumni Association (JRFAA) includes over 1,000 graduates and is represented on the Jackie Robinson Board of Directors and Selection Committees.
  • JRF Scholars are selected by regional selection committees consisting of academic, corporate and civic leaders.
  • Applicants are selected on academic ability, financial need and leadership potential. Committees are based in the following regions: New York (National), Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New England, and Stamford (CT).


Contributorscan support the Jackie Robinson Foundation by sponsoring a Scholar ($10,000 a year for 4 years or naming a Scholar in perpetuity with a $200,000 gift), donating funds outright and/or contributing to the Foundation’s Endowment Fund. Notable contributors to the fund include Derek Jeter, Royce Clayton, John Gordon, Cendant, Con Edison, Random House Publishing and The Related Companies, the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, Michael Jordan, and Nike. For more information on supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation and its mission, CLICK HERE .


More than 700 corporations, foundations and individuals have supported the Foundation since 1973, including Unilever (formerly Chesebrough Pond’s), Goldman Sachs, General Electric, JPMorgan Chase, Major League Baseball, the Starr Foundation, Deloitte, the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York University, Branch Rickey, Henry Kravis and John F. Kennedy, Jr. & Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. For information on JRF supporters, CLICK HERE.


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