Jackie Robinson Foundation Announces Extra-Innings Fellows for 2013

July 2, 2013- Seven Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Alumni have been named Extra- Innings Fellows for 2013. The Extra Innings Fellowship 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. Through the program, JRF aims to promote the study of a broad range of topics that will have a substantive impact on communities across the globe and contribute to the intellectual growth of tomorrow’s leaders. Fellows may receive up to $10,000 per year. The 2013 Extra-Inning fellows are:

Name: Sidra Bonner
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Major: Science, Technology and Society
Graduated: Class of 2012
Graduate Degree Pursuing: MD/MPH or MD/MPP
Graduate School Attending: University of California, San Francisco
Expected Graduation Date: 2018

Name: Xiao Jun Jiang
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Major: Bachelor of Arts
Graduated: Class of 2009
Graduate Degree Pursuing: Masters of Business Administration
Graduate School Attending: Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business
Expected Graduation Date: 2015

Name: Vanessa Obas
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Major: Biology/Political Science
Graduated: Class of 2011
Graduate Degree Pursuing: MD
Graduate School Attending: University of Florida
Expected Graduation Date: 2017

Name: Aaron Ragsdale
Undergraduate School: Tuskegee University
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduated: Class of 2011
Graduate Degree Pursuing: PHD Electrical Engineering
Graduate School Attending: Stanford University
Expected Graduation Date: 2017

Name: James Salazar
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Graduated: Class of 2012
Graduate Degree Pursuing: MD
Graduate School Attending: University of California at San Francisco
Expected Graduation Date: 2017

Name: Christopher Scott
Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota
Major: Sociology (Law, Criminology and Deviance/Political Science)
Graduated: Class of 2013
Graduate Degree Pursuing: Juris Doctorate
Graduate School Attending: University of Minnesota
Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Name: Chiemela Ubagharaji
Undergraduate School: Oberlin College
Major: Biochemistry with a concentration in Pre-Med
Graduated: Class of 2012
Graduate Degree Pursuing: MD
Graduate School Attending: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Expected Graduation Date: 2017

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation:

Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier 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 2012-2013 academic year, JRF is providing generous financial aid and program support to 181 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 30 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 87 different colleges and universities across the country.