Described in The New York Times as what "might be the best educational effort in the country," the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a national, not–for–profit, organization founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson through the advancement of higher education among underserved populations. Uniquely, JRF provides generous four–year college scholarships in conjunction with a comprehensive set of skills and opportunities to disadvantaged students of color to ensure their success in college and to develop their leadership potential. JRF's hands–on, four–year program includes peer and professional mentoring, internship placement, extensive leadership training, international travel and community service options, the conveyance of practical life skills, and a myriad of networking opportunities. JRF's strategic combination of financial assistance and support services results consistently in a nearly 100% college graduation rate.
Through his leadership, skill and courage, Jackie Robinson broke barriers in sports, media and business, impacting our entire society and helping to set the stage for the modern civil rights movement. For more than 42 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has continued Robinson’s commitment to equal opportunity by addressing the achievement gap in higher education, and is poised to expand his rich legacy by building the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City.
Founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson
, the Foundation has advanced higher education by providing generous, multi-year scholarship awards coupled with a comprehensive set of support services to highly motivated JRF Scholars and Extra Innings Fellows attending colleges and universities throughout the country.
All of us at JRF are highly motivated, in turn, to maintain the high standards set by our namesake as we work to level the playing field in education and promote the humanitarian values that defined Robinson’s life. From our board of directors
to our volunteer student advisory committees
, and generous sponsors
, we are fortunate to have a dedicated, first-rate team to help carry out our mission.
I invite you to explore the elements of our mission and the impact we have on the lives of tomorrow’s leaders and on the community-at-large. Hear
from our Scholars and Fellows themselves; dig deeper into our unique program
that The New York Times
dubbed “one of the best educational efforts (of its kind);” learn more about Jackie and Rachel Robinson’s journey
; and sign on to support the Jackie Robinson Museum.