September 24, 2014
NEW YORK (September 22, 2014) – The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), the nation’s premier minority scholarship, mentoring and leadership development organization, will be a beneficiary of BMO Capital Markets’ philanthropic Equity Through Education Trading Day in New York and Toronto on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. For the tenth consecutive year, a percentage of each trade made through BMO Capital Markets on that day will be directed towards supporting Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars’ college education.
Equity Through Education is a charitable initiative aimed at creating a more diverse workplace by offering support to help bright, deserving people realize their educational ambitions by giving them opportunities they might not otherwise have.
“For a decade, BMO Capital Markets’ generosity has helped support JRF’s students each year, including eight current JRF/BMO Capital Markets Scholars,” said Foundation President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “We are grateful for BMO’s ongoing commitment to our mission of assisting motivated young men and women to achieve their dream of a college education, and we hope everyone will consider placing trades with BMO Capital Markets on September 24 to support JRF, our Scholars, and the other impactful beneficiaries.“
“We support the efforts of the Jackie Robinson Foundation because in Equity Through Education we are striving to make a difference in a manner that can be measured,” said Eric Tripp, President, BMO Capital Markets. “The Jackie Robinson Foundation makes a difference, helping diverse minority students to enroll in colleges across the United States every year.”
Since 2005, BMO Capital Markets has contributed the proceeds of its Equity Through Education Trading Day to JRF as well several other charitable organizations. In the past nine years, it has donated $1.9 million to JRF for the Foundation’s undergraduate scholarships and program support. Equity Through Education Trading Day has raised a total of $12.8 million, translating into assistance to more than 2,500 students through scholarships, bursaries, mentoring programs and job search strategy forums.
About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson as a meaningful way to perpetuate the memory of her husband, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development program for minority students. In addition to financial assistance, the nonprofit Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including extensive, hands-on mentoring, internship placement, career guidance and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for African American college students. The over 1,450 JRF alumni are leaders in their professional fields and active ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. Since its founding, JRF has provided over $65 million to support students who have attended over 100 different colleges and universities across the country.
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