(2013 RRIF Fellows pictured above from l-r:)Scholars Alexis Davis, Desmond Garner, Khyara Harris, Kyle Nichols, Angel Nwachukwu, Steven Peralta, Morgan Spears, Brianna White, Danielle Wilkins)
Nine JRF Scholars have been named recipients of the prestigious Rachel Robinson International Fellowship (RRIF). Established in 2008 with a generous grant from the Sheila C. Johnson Foundation , the program is designed to promote and support international work and study abroad opportunities for Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars.
The Rachel Robinson International Fellows for 2013 are:
- Alexis Davis (Cornell University '15) will go to Honduras as part of Cornell University's Global Medical Brigades, a student-led global health and sustainable development organization with the mission of resolving global health and economic disparities.
- Desmond Garner (Vanderbilt University '15) will travel to London, England to study economics.
- Khyara Harris (University of Toledo '13) will travel to Spain to further immerse herself in the culture and language with the intent of becoming fluent.
- Kyle Nichols (Howard University '16) will travel to China as part of the Freshmen Leadership Academy's (FLA) Cultural Immersion Trip to East Asia.
- Angel Nwachukwu (Duke University '16) will travel to Costa Rica as part of a Nourish International’s 2013 Project; a program that focuses on academics, health, socio-cultural development and the environment in poor communities.
- Steven Peralta (Dartmouth College '15) will travel to South Africa as part of the ThinkImpact Institute where he will design and develop financing solutions for water management technologies to address the needs of poor farmers.
- Morgan Spears (DePaul University '15) will take part in the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS), an intensive language program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She will travel to Morocco, where she will broaden her language, social, and cultural understanding of the Arabic region.
- Brianna White (Wellesley College '15) will travel to Africa as part of Northerwestern University's Global Engagement Studies Institute where she will work with a team to help community non-governmental organizations (NGO's).
- Danielle Wilkins (Spelman College '13) plans to spend 5 weeks in Shanghai, China where she will study the Chinese language and culture.
And under the RRIF Program, JRF Scholars will once again travel to Northern Ireland to take part in the Clinton Centre for International Peace in Enniskillen where they will explore ideas for building prosperity in post-conflict societies. Brittany Thomas (Johns Hopkins University, '15) and Chad Foster (Morehouse College '13) will spend 10 days in N. Ireland with select students from across the globe.
"We are delighted to support our Scholars in these life-changing endeavors that will add to their arsenal of accomplishments," said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. "At the Foundation, we firmly believe in the importance of providing our Scholars with experiences that will take them beyond the familiar and help them to flourish in a global economy."