JRF support can go into Extra Innings!

November 18, 2015 - Alumni, Scholars

Recent JRF and the University of California, Los Angeles Class of 2015 graduate Janae Osby decided long ago that she didn’t want to end her studies after college. Thanks in part to JRF, she doesn’t have to. Janae was recently named an Extra Innings (EI) Fellow, alongside six other JRF Alumni. Janae will head to her undergraduate rival, the University of Southern California, to pursue an MA in Health Administration at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Reflecting on her past four years as a scholar and new found opportunity with the EI Fellowship, Janae wrote to the Foundation:

“Being a Jackie Robinson Scholar is truly a blessing because I have the privilege to continue this legacy of impacting other’s lives by being an advocate and voice for my community. The Jackie Robinson Foundation has always encouraged us to continue to pursue higher education, and thankfully JRF is aiding me in in doing just that as I pursue my goals.

My mission is to decrease health disparity gaps in urban communities and increase access to quality care services for Black and Latino communities in South Los Angeles.

I am attending USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy in Fall 2015 to pursue my Master of Health Administration with a specialization in quality care and management. My life mission is to decrease health disparity gaps in urban communities and increase access to quality care services for black and Latino communities in South Los Angeles. As a South Los Angeles native, I feel it’s my duty to serve and protect the healthcare of my community, and as a Jackie Robinson Scholar and Extra Innings Fellow, it is an honor to represent a man who has truly paved the way for many and illustrated the importance of being courageous and leaders in our community for the people we love.”

We couldn’t be prouder!

The Extra Innings Fellowship (EIF) Program was created to help highly motivated JRF Scholars overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of advanced professional or graduate training. The program, started in 2006 by a challenge grant from the Windmill Foundation, has awarded more than $1 million to 63 Extra Innings Fellows.


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