The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi–faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education, molding them into dynamic leaders with a commitment to public service and Jackie Robinson's humanitarian ideals. The award is given to outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Since its inception, the program has attracted the support of hundreds of companies, philanthropic institutions and individuals. As a result of our efforts, increasing numbers of students are able to attend the colleges and universities of their choice — where they are poised to develop their academic skills and leadership talents.
JRF awards students $24,000/four-year scholarship to attend the four–year accredited college or university of their choice. JRF scholarships complement the financial aid students receive from their college or university for tuition and other education expenses (books, housing, etc.). Scholars are also financially sponsored to attend our annual four day Scholar's Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City every spring during each of their college years.
Advisory committee members, corporate sponsors, community leaders, JRF Alumni and staff serve as mentors. Each Scholar is assigned a mentor to enhance their developmental experience. Mentors assist them with a wide variety of needs such as academic guidance, career planning and internship placement.
Corporate partners provide and assist Scholars with summer internship placement and permanent employment, offering valuable career development opportunities. The JRF staff works diligently with both sponsors and Scholars to identify appropriate internships and to secure summer and semester positions. Further, JRF Scholars also benefit from ongoing career counseling and assistance with locating full–time positions upon graduation. JRF sponsors are encouraged to extend permanent employment to any graduating Scholar or Alumni that are fit for their organization.
The Foundation provides workshops during the annual scholars' weekend which focus on enhancing leadership skills including: conflict management, business etiquette and public speaking and secures internships to enhance Scholars' leadership development. Further, JRF provides forums for scholars to demonstrate these acquired skills: as members of the JRF student advisory committee, interview subjects for national and local media and ambassadors at public events.
Mentoring and Leadership Conference
Each March, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars travel to New York City for four days of developmental workshops, career exploration seminars, meetings with key public and private sector leaders, cultural and recreational outings and practical life skills classes. During the Mentoring and Leadership Conference, Scholars meet with their sponsors and celebrate peer achievement at an awards luncheon. As important is the time JRF Scholars spend networking and inspiring each other with stories of their own personal successes and challenges, public service endeavors and other experiences. The Weekend culminates with JRF Scholars attending the Jackie Robinson Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner. To watch a video from the Click here to see a recap of the 2014 JRF Mentoring and Leadership Conference!
JRF Scholars are required to participate in community service as part of their scholarship. Each Scholar must document these projects and keep them on file with JRF. Through these efforts, JRF Scholars impact thousands of lives and gain valuable skills and experiences in the process. Whether it is starting a non–profit to provide college preparatory training for low-income students, building houses in Third World regions, researching the AIDS epidemic or reading to local students, JRF Scholars are ambassadors of Jackie's philosophy that, "A life is not important except in its impact on other lives."
Rachel Robinson International Fellowship (RRIF)
The Rachel Robinson International Fellowship Program (RRIF) was established to promote and support international and study abroad opportunities for JRF Scholars. Fellows are selected on the basis of their leadership potential, academic excellence and commitment to community or national development. Scholars may use the fellowship for a variety of initiatives, such as additional financial support for a study abroad program, a volunteer or philanthropic effort, or in conjunction with an approved internship or a third party.
Extra Innings Fellowship
The Extra Innings Fellowship Program was created to help highly motivated JRF Scholars overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers–the cost of advanced professional or graduate training. Through the Extra Innings program, JRF aims to promote the study of a broad range of topics that will have a substantive impact on communities across the country and contribute to the intellectual growth of tomorrow's leaders. Fellows may receive up to $10,000 per year.
To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:
October 15, 2014 - Application Available for Review Only
November 1, 2014 - Application Live
February 15, 2015, 5pm (EST) - Complete Application Due
April 30, 2015 - Notification of application status via email
April – May 2015 - Regional Interviews
June 15, 2015 - Final Selections Announced
July 2015 - Regional Scholar Orientations
Once the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Application is available online, it may be reviewed here prior to starting the application process. Clicking "Apply Now" above, beginning Nov. 1, will take you to our online application.
We will send out decisions electronically to the email address you provided on your application on or before June 15, 2015. If you do not receive an e-mail from us before the end of the day on June 15th, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toll free support line is
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