The Jackie Robinson Foundation, in partnership with U.S. Cellular and the Ford Motor Company Fund, announced it will present a four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation college scholarship to a member of the Jackie Robinson West League.
“The Jackie Robinson West team captured our collective attention and hearts, displaying tremendous poise and sportsmanship throughout the Little League World Series,” said Jackie Robinson Foundation president and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “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 as embodied by our scholars. 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.”
Established by Jackie Robinson’s widwo, Rachel Robinson in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation is one of America’s premier education and leadership development programs for students of color.
The foundation has provided more than $65 million in support for 1,450 undergraduate and graduate students since its existence. Recipients of the scholarship receive a $24,000 grant and a host of mentoring services, internship placements and practical life skills during their four years at college.
Kudos to these foundations for lightening the financial burden for one of these very lucky and talented boys.
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