SOURCE: The Jackie Robinson Foundation

August 13, 2008 13:03 ET

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Announces Largest Class of Scholarship Recipients in Its History

35-Year-Old College Scholarship and Mentoring Program Selects 82 Talented High School Seniors to Receive Four-Year College Scholarships and Participate in Comprehensive Education and Leadership Development Program

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 13, 2008) - The Jackie Robinson Foundation today announced that it has selected 82 academically gifted minority students as recipients of its prestigious four-year college scholarships. Nearly 2,000 high school seniors from across the country applied for the award, which recognizes academic distinction, commitment to public service and leadership potential. The rigorous and highly competitive application process also includes the completion of multiple essays and an interview before regional selection committees comprised of business, higher education and public sector leaders.

The class of 2012 of JRF Scholars is drawn from 30 states and will enroll in 54 colleges and universities. Engineering, Business and Biology are the top three majors represented among the incoming class, respectively. Each scholarship recipient will become part of the Foundation's acclaimed Education and Leadership Development Program, which provides extensive mentoring, career planning workshops and academic support services. Because of the Foundation's comprehensive approach, its Scholars have maintained a 97% graduation rate, twice the national average for minority students. With the addition of the newest class of JRF Scholars, the total number of students currently supported this academic year by the Foundation now stands at 282. Since its founding in 1973, the Foundation has supported over 1,200 students and has distributed over $30 million in scholarships and program assistance.

"As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, the vision of the Foundation is to not only ensure that our students successfully graduate from college but also to mold them into future leaders who will carry on Jackie Robinson's commitment to excellence and community service," said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars are required to perform public service as part of their scholarships. Through their efforts, JRF Scholars impact thousands of lives each year on their campuses, in their communities and beyond.

"JRF Scholars are ambassadors of Jackie Robinson's philosophy that, 'A life is not important except in its impact on other lives,'" said Britton Baeza. "We're proud to count partners at Wall Street firms, award-winning journalists, critically-acclaimed musicians, executives at sports teams, teachers, doctors and lawyers as our illustrious JRF Alumni," she concluded.

Applications for the JRF Scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year will become available online on October 15th. The application can be found exclusively at www.jackierobinson.org.

A complete list of the newest class of Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars is available at www.jackierobinson.org.

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