DePaul University Junior Receives 2014 Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Morgan Spears works to promote non‐violence in Chicago’s toughest communities.

New York ‐ DePaul University junior Morgan Spears received the coveted Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award at the Annual Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Conference held in New York City February 27‐March 4th.

The Award was created to honor a JRF Scholar in his or her junior year who, through exemplary leadership, has made a positive impact on society at‐large. It is presented in the spirit of Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Founder Rachel Robinson who declared that “No one, who dares to stand up and challenge the status quo, does so alone.” Established in 2003, this $10,000 award can be used towards tuition or donated to the recipient’s charity of‐choice that furthers a community service initiative. In addition, the Scholar is offered candidacy for a domestic internship at Unilever.

Sponsored at JRF by the Windmill Foundation, Morgan has held various roles in the Community Peacemaker Initiative (CPM) while enrolled at DePaul. She worked with high school students in west Chicago to foster understanding about violence through workshops, presentations, group discussions, music, reading, writing and dialogue. In addition, to know more about the younger students with whom she engaged, Morgan volunteered in a food pantry serving the same community of children in her CPM class. She was presented the award by Unilever’s Leadership Development Director and Chief Diversity Officer Evelyn Espinal.

“With our partners and supporters, we are delighted to recognize the extraordinary achievements of our young leaders,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “Morgan is a shining representative of this living legacy of Jackie Robinson, who challenged us all to share our talents and skills with those in need.”

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation:

Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier higher education and leadership development program. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including internship placement, career guidance, and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The over 1,400 JRF alumni are both leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. This 2013‐2014 academic year, JRF is providing generous financial aid and program support to 200 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 36 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 96 different colleges and universities across the country.