Application FAQ’s

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When is the application due?

The application and letter of recommendation are due by 5pm ET on February 15th.

Do I have to be a high school senior?

Yes, to be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship

Can I apply even if I haven’t been accepted to a college yet?

Yes, you may apply for our scholarship if you haven’t been accepted to a college yet. However, the eventual awarding of the scholarship will require verification of college enrollment.

How do you define “financial need?”

The Jackie Robinson Foundation understands that there is a wide array of financial need. We will look at each application on a case by case basis.

Do I have to be a minority to apply for this scholarship?

The Jackie Robinson Foundation prides itself on its diverse pool of Scholars; and uses the U.S. Census Bureau definition of minority. If you feel that you are part of a minority group, we encourage you to apply.

I have never played any sports of any kind. Do I have to be an athlete to apply for this scholarship?

The Jackie Robinson Foundation is a merit based academic scholarship. It is not a requirement that you participated in a sport.

How do you define community service and civic engagement?

The Jackie Robinson Foundation is looking for the next group of leaders and innovators. We are looking for individuals that address community needs in insightful, thought provoking, exciting new ways. Whether it is starting a non–profit or school organization, reading to local students, volunteering in the food pantry, or building houses for the needy, JRF Scholars are ambassadors of Jackie’s philosophy that, “A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.”

Do I have to attend a HBCU (Historically Black College/University) to receive this award?

No. The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award allows you to attend ANY accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States.

Where do I send my application?

The application and the letter of recommendation can only be submitted electronically via JRF’s online application program, Infosnap.

Can I download the application, complete, and send in a hard copy?

No. The application can only be submitted online.

Who should complete the letter of recommendation?

Your letter of recommendation should be submitted by someone who can provide information about your character, academic accomplishments, community service involvement and extracurricular activities. Possible recommenders to consider are: a guidance counselor, athletic coach, mentor, or employer. It is important that applicants selected letter writers take the time to highlight what makes them unique. Please use this document to help you decide whom to ask for your letter of recommendation.

My school prints my SAT/ACT Scores on the back of my official transcript. Is it necessary for me to have College Board or ACT send you my test scores?

Yes, since official high school transcripts are only required of applicants invited to interview, it is necessary for you to request for the College Board or ACT to send your test scores to the Foundation.

I am home schooled, what do I need to provide in lieu of a school district issued transcript?

As a home schooled applicant, you should submit your parent-issued transcript.

Do you grant extensions for late applications?

No, we are unable to grant extensions for late applications.

I am home schooled, what do I need to provide in lieu of a school district issued transcript?

For questions regarding the requirements and content of this scholarship application contact: Jackie Robinson Foundation – (212) 290 8600 or email

When will I find out if I received the scholarship award?

You will be notified of your status by end of June.

How many awards do you typically give out?

The number of scholarship awards distributed varies each year, but typically, 60 awards are given out annually.

If I am awarded the scholarship, do I receive financial support for the four years that I am in college and meet the requirements?

Yes. The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship award is disbursed over four years.

I will be in a five-year program in college. Will JRF support me in my fifth year?

The JRF commitment is for four years of college.

Is there someone I can call if I need help completing the application?

For questions regarding the requirements and content of the scholarship application, contact the Jackie Robinson Foundation at 212-290-8600 or email For computer related technical assistance using the online application go to:

Application Timeline


November 1, 2017

Application Opens

February 15, 2018

Application Deadline

Note to All 2016-17 Applicants About Final Decisions

We will send out decisions electronically to the email address provided on your application in June 2017.

If you do not receive an e-mail from us before the end of June, please e-mail us at:

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