The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) announced an $800,000 grant to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF). With this grant for the 2019-2020 academic year, support from the Dodgers and LADF to JRF now totals more than $3.5 million since 1987.
LADF will support 11 JRF/LADF Scholars through their college years, two of whom have also been supported by former Dodgers player Andre Ethier.
“Jackie Robinson’s legacy plays a significant role in our foundation’s work,” said LADF’s CEO and Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumnus, Nichol Whiteman. “One third of first-generation college students won’t make it to college graduation because they must drop out before graduation. Programs like the Jackie Robinson Foundation, with our support, give students the support they need to stay in school through graduation.”
JRF/LADF Scholars currently attend universities such as Stanford University, UCLA, California State University, Northridge, USC, and California State University, East Bay.
“The Jackie Robinson Foundation is thrilled to expand its relationship with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation,” said JRF’s President & CEO, Della Britton Baeza. “Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers share a long and deep history. We are grateful that the Dodgers continue to celebrate these intertwined legacies by supporting so many talented JRF Scholars who go on to positively impact communities around the world.”
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For over 47 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has perpetuated the memory of Jackie Robinson by providing generous scholarships in conjunction with four years of comprehensive support. A new online platform, JRF Impact, shares the Foundation’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success” curriculum with a broader student population attending colleges across the country.