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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application due?
The application and letter of recommendation are due by 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, minority 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.

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.

Is there someone I can call if I need help completing the application online?
For questions regarding the requirements and content of this scholarship application contact: Jackie Robinson Foundation – (212) 290–8600 or email requests@jackierobinson.org

When will I find out if I received the scholarship award?
You will be notified of your status by June 15th.

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 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.



The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Application is available for review here. Clicking "Apply Now" above, beginning Nov. 1, will take you to the live online application where you may fill it out and submit.

Scholarship Award

Through its Education and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $24,000/four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

Application Components

The required components of the Jackie Robinson Foundation application are:

  • The online application, which includes four essay questions;
  • A professional, hi-resolution digital photo (headshots only, in a JPEG format) - you may submit a high school senior graduation photo;
  • One letter of recommendation (e.g. a teacher, a mentor, a guidance counselor, an employer);
  • SAT or ACT scores: If you have taken the SAT or ACT more than once, please enter your best scores from each test. NOTE: JRF does not consider the writing scores as part of your examination.

You will need to have a copy of your SAT or ACT scores and your latest high school transcript in order to complete the questions on the online application.

Mailing Materials

We will not accept the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship application or supporting documents via mail, email or fax. Applications and letters of recommendation will only be accepted via our online application program.

Verification

Applicants invited to interview with one of the regional committees will be required to bring copies of the documents listed below to the interview.

  • Official high school transcript and school profile
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Student Financial Aid Report

Additional Information:

Timeline for 2014-2015 Application Process

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

Note to All Applicants About Final Decisions

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: scholarships@jackierobinson.org

Having technical difficulties with the application? Contact:

infosnap, inc.
Toll free support line is
866.986.1601 x 7095 (option 2);
direct dial (not toll free) is 301. 907.7095.
Email: customerservice@infosnap.com