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Navigating the Foster Care System, JRF Alumna Mercedes Hobson Triumphs

From time to time, we feature a JRF Scholar or alumnus who we think you should know. Today, we point our spotlight towards Mercedes Hobson. Mercedes is from Banning, California and is a 2013 graduate of New York Law School. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2008. Mercedes is now a patent prosecution contractor for IBM.
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Japan Welcomes JRF Founder Rachel Robinson

Warner Bros. Japan hosted JRF Founder Rachel Robinson and daughter Sharon Robinson recently in advance of the November 1st opening of the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" in Japan. While there, the Robinsons joined the film’s Screenwriter and Director Brian Helgeland and Warner Bros executives for Game 1 of the Climax Series at the Tokyo Dome.
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Professional Ball Players Sign on to Support JRF

In celebration of the Jackie Robinson Foundation's 40th anniversary, JRF launched a scholarship initiative to engage professional ball players. "Pitch 42" is a collective of forward-thinking professional athletes, beginning with top baseball players, who support JRF’s mission and honor Jackie Robinson’s legacy through the sponsorship of a JRF Scholar.
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Review the 2013-2014 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Application

High School seniors interested in applying to become a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar can now review the scholarship application online. The form cannot be filled out and submitted until November 1st, but qualified students can become familiar with what is required to successfully apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.
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JRF Alumna Organizes "42" Movie Screening

JRF Alumna Sharae Moultrie ('12) mobilized her colleagues at JPMorgan Chase’s minority affinity group, known as BOLD, to sponsor a special viewing on October 1st of Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros’ acclaimed film “42,” written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Prior to the screening, Sharae shared her personal story of the impact the Foundation has had on her life and career. Describing how the Foundation prepared her for the rigors of working in the financial sector, the University of South Carolina graduate told the crowd, "I would not be where I am today had it not been for the Jackie Robinson Foundation."
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JRF Scholar and Alumnus Chosen For Prestigious Public Service Positions

Scholar Charles Nwaogu ('14), a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, has been chosen to take part in the coveted White House Internship Program . Charles is studying Government and Arabic Language and Literature and is expected to receive degrees in both this May. The White House Internship Program is designed to cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Charles has been assigned to work in the area of African American Affairs in the Office of Public Engagement. He follows JRF Alumnus Rayshon Payton , who was awarded a White House Internship in 2013.
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Robinsons Join New York Yankees In Honoring Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera

JRF Founder Rachel Robinson, Foundation Board Vice-chair Sharon Robinson and JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza were on hand at Yankee Stadium Sunday, September 22nd to pay tribute to the last Major League ball player to wear the number 42 – Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera. But it was Rivera who began his special day by paying tribute to the Foundation’s iconic namesake, Jackie Robinson.
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JRF Remembers Betty Phillips Adams

The Jackie Robinson Foundation deeply mourns the death of its former president Betty Phillips Adams. Adams died in New York City on July 5th. Betty Adams became JRF's president in 1986 and led the Foundation for a decade. Adams' tenure was pivotal in the development of the Foundation's robust education and leadership program that accompanies the generous scholarship grants given out each year. Said JRF Founder Rachel Robinson , "Betty was an integral part of the tremendous growth of the Foundation and in carrying forth Jack's legacy. The Foundation and I, personally, are deeply saddened by her untimely death."
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JRF Closes out Citi Field Kids 2013 Season Joining Mets LaTroy Hawkins and Robert Carson

On August 29th, over 200 teens from the YMCA of Greater New York were treated to a day at Citi Field, but the day offered much more than a baseball game. As part of this fifth season of the “Citi Field Kids” community-based program, NYC teens were given a tour of Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda, located at the entrance to the stadium, before enjoying the game and meeting Mets’ reliever and Jackie Robinson Foundation sponsor LaTroy Hawkins and pitcher Robert Carson.
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2013 Summer Experiences Further Enrich JRF Scholars and Alumni

As Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars head back to campus, we thought we’d share just some of the rich summer experiences they have enjoyed, as they continue to make us proud and confident in the leadership they will go on to provide to our communities and country.
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