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The Jackie Robinson Foundation Congratulates the Scholar Class of 2012

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Congratulates the Scholar Class of 2012

Four years ago, 82 incoming college freshmen were selected as Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars. The class of 2012 represented 28 different states, attended 55 different colleges and universities, with 43 different majors. Made up of 63% females and 37% males, these Scholars were also ethnically diverse (79% Black/African American, 10% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Asian/Asian Pacific Islander, 1% American Indian, and 4% Multi-Racial). For 37% of this class, they were the first in their family to attend college.

Eighteen Scholars of this class graduated with Honors (e.g. summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude), with close to 25% pursuing graduate studies. Forty-five percent reported that they have found full-time employment.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education, molding them into dynamic leaders with a commitment to public service and Jackie Robinson's humanitarian ideals.

Thanks to the generous support of 85 corporations, foundations and individuals who support these Scholars in the Foundation's Mentoring and Leadership Program. For a beginning list of honors and graduate school plans see below:

2012 Seniors Graduating with Honors

Akeem Bailey, University of Pennsylvania, cum laude
Rebecca Gilmore, Harvard University, cum laude
Amber Spears, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, cum laude
Vina Vo, University of Southern California, cum laude
Ashley Wilson, University of Pennsylvania, cum laude
Sarajanee Davis, University of Virginia, magna cum laude
Ivan Greenlee, Louisiana State University, magna cum laude
Carol Guerrero, Boston University, magna cum laude
Sharae’ Moultrie, University of South Carolina, magna cum laude
Raymond Nelson, Carleton College, magna cum laude
William Payne, Morehouse College, magna cum laude
Ivana Simpson, University of South Florida, magna cum laude
Sharnetria Wright, University of Alabama at Birmingham, magna cum laude
Christina Joseph, Howard University, summa cum laude
Makeda Njoroge, Howard University, summa cum laude
Anna Nwokelo, University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude
Amanda Patterson, Howard University, summa cum laude
Jasmine Wheeler, Spelman College, summa cum laude
Sharada Jambulapati, Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa
Artis Lewis, University of Chicago, General Honors
S.N. Tyler Melancon, Dartmouth College, Class Marshal
Briana Peppers, Spelman College, Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor
Society; Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success
Chiemela Ubagharaji, Oberlin College, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Chelsea Williams, Spelman College, Phi Beta Delta

2012 Graduating Seniors Enrolling in Graduate Schools

Lawrence Crosby, Northwestern University, Materials Science
Ashley De Vance, UCLA, Teacher Education Program
Michael Duarte, Stanford University, Electrical Engineering
Ijeoma Emeagwali, MIT, Master of Engineering
Christina Eubank, Princeton University, Computer Science
Christopher Francis, UC Berkeley, Ph.D Materials Science and Engineering
Lorna Her Many Horses, University of Minnesota, M.Ed. Special Education
Alexandra Hunter, Johns Hopkins University, M.S. Education
Raymond Jackson, George Washington University Law School
Artis Lewis, Drexel University, Medical Science Preparatory Program
Amanda Patterson, University of Illinois, MD/MPH Program
Ivana Simpson, Florida State University, M.D. Program
Amber Spears, University of Texas, Austin, Geotechnical Engineering
Vina Vo, USC Sol Price School, Master's of Urban Planning
Marques Watson, Middlebury College, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies MIIS
Jasmine Wheeler, University of Maryland, Industrial-Organizational Psychology