Applications Are Available For The Jackie Robinson Foundation

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: December 6, 2006

NEW YORK — Applications for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Education and Leadership Development Program are now available exclusively online at the Foundation’s website, Completed applications must be submitted by 5 pm ET on March 31, 2007.

The Foundation, established in 1973 to perpetuate Jackie Robinson’s pioneering legacy, provides four year college scholarships to minority students with records of academic achievement, leadership capacity, civic engagement and financial need.

More than financial assistance, the Education and Leadership Development Program offers all Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipients a comprehensive set of support services including mentoring, networking opportunities, career exploration programming and practical life skills training.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars may use the award at the four year college or university of their choice. Last year nearly 4,000 students from across the country applied for the prestigious scholarship.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars are chosen by regional selection committees consisting of academic, corporate and civic leaders. The rigorous and highly selective admission process includes an interview and several essays.

This academic year, the Foundation is providing more than $1.8 million in scholarship support to 266 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars at 93 colleges and universities. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars are drawn from across the nation, representing 33 states.

Since the inception of the program, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars have maintained a remarkable 97% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The Foundation has provided more than 1,100 scholarships in its history.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni go on to become part of a dynamic Alumni Association whose ranks include the first African American golfer in the Ivy League, an internationally touring classical pianist who was a former Miss America runner-up, a partner at a leading Wall Street investment bank and scores of doctors, teachers and lawyers.

Applicants and parents should visit the Foundation’s website at for additional information. Corporate and individual donors interested in sponsoring Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars should contact the Foundation at (212) 290-8600.