JRF Scholar Profile: Announcing the Class of 2018

June 10, 2015 - News, Scholars

“Being a Jackie Robinson Scholar is definitely a tremendous honor.

It not only means that I am one who will reap the enormous benefits of a man who has helped change the world, but also that I am one who will continue the legacy of impactful humanitarianism; this is both exciting and humbling.” – John Bernagene, 2018 JRF Scholarship recipient  

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) announced today the 40 members of the Class of 2018 Jackie Robinson Scholars, an exemplary group of incoming college freshman chosen from more than 2,900 applicants for the foundation’s flagship minority scholarship program. To see who each of the 2018 Scholars are, please visit the 2018 Scholars page.

The new Scholars, hailing from 21 states, will each receive $24,000 in scholarship grants over four years, leadership training, mentorship, networking opportunities,internship and job placement assistance, and other support from the Foundation while they attend college and post-graduation. The Foundation also announced that it will support nine JRF Scholars going on to graduate school this coming year through its Extra Innings Fellowship Program. Chosen for academic prowess, leadership potential and financial need, members of the new class will join 161 JRF undergraduate Scholars and 16 graduate Fellows currently supported by the Foundation.

“This is an exciting time for us each year,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “I take great pleasure in welcoming to the Jackie Robinson Foundation a new group of highly motivated, exceptional young men and women. They join a long, distinguished history of JRF alumni who have become leaders in their respective professions and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service and civic engagement.”

“Becoming a Jackie Robinson Scholar provides tremendous support for my educational expenses. To be given the opportunity to live up to the legacy of Jackie Robinson and pursue a life of passion, excellence and dedication to my community is a great honor,” said new JRF Scholar Aaron Barron of Conyers, GA., who will be attending Stanford in the Fall.

“Jackie Robinson made a difference in the world and opened the doors of opportunity for me. To be a Jackie Robinson Scholar and to be associated with this great man is an honor. I hope I can follow in his footsteps and make a difference like he once did,” said new ScholarVictoria Vazquez of High Point, NC. She will be attending North Greenville University this Fall.

Scholarships for the 2018 Class JRF Scholars and Extra Innings Fellows are made possible by the financial support of UCLA, Coca-Cola Foundation, GE Foundation, United Health Foundation, BMO Capital Markets, BNY Mellon, Stephen Greenberg, Major League Baseball, Northrop Grumman, Baltimore Orioles, John Blondel, Diedre Drake, Martin and Brian Edelman, Martin L. Edelman, Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Gregg Gonsalves, William Heard and Veranda Dickens, DLA Piper, Catherine and Michael Meyer, Jeffrey Moorad, Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and The Windmill Foundation



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