NEW YORK, NY (August 27, 2014) Della Britton Baeza, President and CEO of The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), announced today that in partnership with U.S. Cellular and the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Foundation will provide a four year JRF college scholarship to a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League (JRW).
The JRW player receiving the scholarship will join a select group of college-bound students chosen each year to receive a $24,000 grant and a host of mentoring services, internship placements and practical life skills during their four years of college. Since 1973, The Jackie Robinson Foundation has provided more than $65 million in support for 1,450 undergraduate and graduate students.
“The Jackie Robinson West team captured our collective attention and hearts, displaying tremendous poise and sportsmanship throughout the Little League World Series. The JRW League has been an important community organization in South Side Chicago, represents the best of what can be done through investment in one’s community, and mirrors the values of JRF and embodied by our Scholars,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “We are thrilled that, thanks to U.S. Cellular, Ford Motor Company Fund and the JRF board, we will have a JRW league member as part of our remarkable JRF Scholar roster.”
“At U.S. Cellular we strive to build a connection with our communities that extends beyond our business by supporting education, a cause that strengthens every neighborhood,” said Deidre Drake, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for U.S. Cellular. “We’re honored to provide a donation to the JRF and celebrate the tenacity of the students that play with the Jackie Robinson West Little League.”
“Ford Motor Company Fund salutes the tremendous impact these youngsters and the JRW league have had on Chicago and across the nation,” said Ziad Ojakli, Group Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Ford Motor Company. “Supporting education has been a cornerstone of Ford Motor Company since it was founded more than one hundred years ago. We’re proud to build on that legacy and our long manufacturing presence in Chicago by assisting a student who exemplifies Jackie Robinson and the ideals he represented.”About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson as 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 mentoring, 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 1,450 JRF alumni are leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. Since its founding, JRF has granted over $65 million to support students at over 100 colleges and universities across the country.