JRF Announces 2015 Extra Innings Graduate Fellows


(NEW YORK) – The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development programs for minority college and graduate students and the organization behind The Jackie Robinson Museum project, has announced this year’s class of Extra Innings Fellows, graduates of JRF’s undergraduate Scholarship program selected to receive financial support for their graduate studies beginning this Fall. This year’s class of Fellows will be pursing MDs, a Master’s in Public Policy/Non-Profit Management, a Doctorate in Counseling and Psychology, a Master in Health Administration, a Doctorate in Entomology and an MBA combined with a Master’s in Education.

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. Since 2006, JRF has named 63 Extra Innings Fellows.

“Being a JRF Extra Innings Fellow marks the realization of my childhood dream of attending medical school,” said new Fellow, James Salazar.

“Through the Extra Innings program, we are able to support some truly inspiring students as they continue their studies with the goal of having a substantive impact on communities across the globe,” said Della Britton Baeza, President and CEO of The Jackie Robinson Foundation. “This program allows us to continue assisting JRF alumni with their intellectual growth as they become the leaders of tomorrow.”

The 2015-16 awardees are:

  • Cornisha Cooper, pursuing an MD at John Hopkins University School of Medicine;>

  • Rashawn Davis, pursing Master’s in Public Policy/Non-Profit Management at Georgetown University;

  • Koryalys Edwards, pursuing an MD at Columbia University;

  • Jesmond Fair, pursuing his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia;

  • Artis Lewis, pursuing an MD at the University of Illinois College of Medicine;

  • Desmond Mitchell, pursuing a combined MBA and Masters in Education at Stanford Graduate School of Business;

  • Janae Osby, pursuing a Masters in Health Administration at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy;

  • Samuel Ramsey, pursuing a Doctorate in Entomology at the University of Maryland College Park.

The Extra Innings fellowship was endowed by The Windmill Foundation and JRF board member Stephen Ross with additional support from the United Health Foundation.

Each year, Extra Innings Fellows are selected on the basis of their leadership potential, academic excellence and commitment to community or development.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation

Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson to perpetuate the memory of her husband, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), a public, non-profit organization, administers one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development programs for minority students.  In addition to financial assistance, JRF offers a comprehensive set of support services including year-round mentoring, job placement, career guidance, leadership training and practical life skills. JRF’s celebrated four-year program results in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for African American college students. The 1,450 JRF alumni are proven leaders in their communities and across a broad range of professional fields — true ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy. Historically, JRF has provided over $65 million in grants and direct program support to students who have attended over 225 different colleges and universities across the country.   The Foundation is engaged currently in building the Jackie Robinson Museum to inspire and to educate visitors of all generations about Jackie Robinson’s courageous achievements both on and off the field.

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