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The Jackie Robinson Foundation Announces First Round of New JRF Scholars

In its first round of awardees for the 2012-2013 academic year, The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has selected 56 new Scholars in its Class of 2016. The Foundation provides $7,500 annually over four years to college students who demonstrate both leadership potential and financial need. This new class will join 109 JRF undergraduate Scholars and 13 graduate Fellows, currently supported by the Foundation beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.

So far, this year’s new class of freshmen Scholars represents 23 states, attends 42 colleges and universities with 19 different majors chosen so far, and made up of 53% females and 47% males. All Scholars chosen are academically accomplished and have demonstrated leadership and a propensity for community involvement. Over half of those selected are members of the National Honor Society and six were valedictorians of their high school class.

Thirty percent of the incoming class will be the first in their family to attend college. Since 1973, over 1,400 men and women of color have been named Jackie Robinson Scholars. They have become leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson's legacy of community service. “We are delighted to welcome this new class of Scholars to the Foundation,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “They join a 40-year history of excellence and will benefit greatly from our comprehensive mentoring and leadership program. As we guide them through their college years, I am confident that they will excel professionally and continue in the Foundation’s tradition of public service and civic engagement.”

Additional scholarship awardees will be announced in early August.

Click here for a list of new Scholars