(pictured above from l-r:) Rashawn Davis, Howard Clifton Ray, Morgan Spears, Jordyn Turner and Makeda Njoroge
Four JRF Scholars and an alumnae received extraordinary recognition during this year’s Mentoring and Leadership Conference, accepting cash awards for their academic performance and exemplary service to their communities.
Georgetown University Junior Rashawn Davis received the coveted Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award for his work in organizing voter registration drives in his community.
Duke University senior Howard Clifton Ray received the inaugural Electronic Arts (EA) Award for his research that discovered two extracellular matrix proteins that could regulate the process of capillary-like network formation.
DePaul University sophomore Morgan Spears received the Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award given to the Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar who has performed the most outstanding community service during the preceding calendar year. Morgan's exemplary work was with the the Chicago Community Peacemaker Initiative, an organization designed to promote non-violence by first understanding the roots of violence through dialogue and education.
Jordyn Turner, a freshman at Dartmouth College, received the coveted Nike Prize . The Nike Prize grants $1,000 annually to the JRF scholar-athlete who exemplifies through his or her actions, the ways in which commitment, advocacy, and innovation can unite and challenge a community to change. In spite of a grueling basketball schedule, Jordyn takes part in a reading program at a local elementary school.
Jackie Robinson Foundation alumnae Makeda Njoroge , a member of Howard University’s class of 2012, received the coveted Ralph E. Ward Achievement Award created to recognize and support the graduating Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar with the highest cumulative grade point average. Makeda majored in African Studies and graduated with a 4.0.
“With our partners and supporters, we are delighted to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these future leaders,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza . “All carry on the true legacy of our iconic namesake, Jackie Robinson who challenged us all to excel in our chosen endeavors.”
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