The Jackie Robinson Foundation awards scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students who demonstrate leadership potential and financial need and who plan to attend an approved four-year college or institution of their choosing, as determined by the foundation. Applicants demonstrate leadership potential as well as a commitment to volunteerism in the community. Students must also establish a need for financial assistance. A minimum combined SAT score of 1000 on the math and critical reading parts, or a composite ACT score of 21 is also required for applicants to be considered.
With the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship Program, college students are able to meet their financial obligations while also receiving intensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. A generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice as well as enrollment in the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s acclaimed “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum” is awarded to Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars who are selected through a national, competitive application process. As part of this four-year programme, JRF Scholars learn how to successfully navigate their collegiate environments while also exploring career alternatives, developing leadership skills, and committing to community service. It also promotes the principles and character attributes exemplified by the courageous life of the Foundation’s namesake, motivating Scholars to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
An outstanding high school graduate who intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree from a recognized four-year college or institution will be awarded a JRF scholarship. In addition to the Rachel Robinson International Fellowship, JRF Scholars can apply for additional grants to seek chances to work and study abroad or to pursue post-graduate studies. It is the mission of the Jackie Robinson Foundation to provide a multi-faceted experience that not only addresses the financial requirements of minority students who wish to attend college but also guides them through the process of obtaining a higher education.
An applicant for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship must meet the following requirements:
- Be a graduating high school senior
- Be a resident of the United States
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Organize your plans to attend a four-year university in the United States that has been accredited and approved
- Demonstrate leadership potential
- Demonstrate a commitment to community service through volunteering
- Provide evidence of a financial hardship
Q: When is the request due?
The request and the recommendation letter are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on 1 February. Since we receive thousands of applications and everything has to be electronically filed, we encourage that you do not wait until the last day for your application.
Q: What if the COVID-19 canceled my SAT or ACT examination?
JRF appreciates the challenges of carrying out standardized exams in the COVID-19 pandemic. The selection process will not prejudice applicants who do not submit HAVE TEST SCORES.
Q: How do you define community service and civic engagement?
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is looking for the next group of leaders and innovators. We are looking for individuals who address community needs in insightful, thought-provoking, exciting new ways. Whether it is starting a non–profit or school organization, reading to local students, volunteering in the food pantry, or building houses for the needy, JRF Scholars are ambassadors of Jackie’s philosophy that, “A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.”