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Jackie Robinson Foundation

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The Jackie Robinson FoundationThe Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-profit, national organization founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his heroic achievements. It provides college and graduate school scholarships as well as leadership development opportunities for students of color with strong capabilities but limited financial resources. The Foundation is distinctive for the depth of its mentoring program, which results in a nearly 100% graduation rate among its student constituents.

The Foundation also strives to ensure that Jackie Robinson's commitment to social justice will be carried forth in the lives of these young people as they assume leadership roles throughout society.

How the Jackie Robinson Foundation will use proceeds from Equity Through Education

The financial support of Equity Through Education enables the Jackie Robinson Foundation to provide four-year college scholarships to students who demonstrate academic distinction, leadership capacity and financial need. In addition, JRF provides a comprehensive set of support services including extensive mentoring, career guidance and practical life skills. JRF's innovative approach has rapidly become a national paradigm in minority higher education intervention.

A 4-year scholarship grant is only one part of the Foundation's commitment to the success of JRF Scholars. Every Scholar benefits from the distinctively comprehensive support services provided under the program, including:

  • A 4-day mentoring, leadership, and practical life skills conference each spring in New York City
  • Internship placement and permanent employment opportunities
  • Online career and mentoring services
  • Engaged year-round mentors (adult and peer)
  • Effective alumni mentors
  • Community service requirement and facilitation

For details on how to apply, please visit the Jackie Robinson website.

Since 2005, BMO Capital Markets has sponsored 13 JRF/BMO Capital Markets Scholars.

Jackie Robinson Foundation BMO Capital Markets Scholars

Kyle Nichols, from Chicago, Illinois, is a junior Business/Marketing major at Howard University. He earned the highest GPA in the 21st Century Advantage Program (Business), was nominated for the National Collegiate Honors Society, became a member of Delta Sigma Pi fraternity and, over the summer, interned in the accounting and operations departments at a privately owned medical transportation service for the mobility challenged. He also created a mentoring program at an alternative high school near the Howard University campus where he met weekly with 20 students to discuss leadership, effective communication and service.

Bahari Watkins, from Renton, Washington, is an incoming freshman at the University of Washington.He is a high school National Honors Society member and participated in the Young Executives of Color Program sponsored by the University of Washington's Foster School of Business and Ernst & Young.Bahari was his Senior Class Vice President, a student ambassador when traveling to France, Italy and Greece through the People to People Ambassador program, and captain of his high school's varsity track and field team.  He plans to get a degree in business and use his expertise to combat wealth inequality around the globe.

Jacqueline Cox, from St. Louis, Missouri, is an incoming freshman at Vanderbilt University. Jacqueline was a member of the Mayor's Task Force on Youth and city-wide Congressional Youth Cabinet, and she founded "University City Youth Society," an organization to combat violence, ageism and youth apathy.She was president of her school's branch of the National Honor Society and a U.S. Achievement Academy National Science Merit Award winner. Jacqueline plans to major in economics in college and wants to combat economic inequality by educating citizens about their respective personal and business roles in the global economy.

A Detroit, Michigan native, JRF alumna Karmyn Wedlow is currently a practicing attorney in Houston, Texas. She graduated Salutatorian from high school and, in 2009, graduated with Distinction from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. At the Ross School of Business, she concentrated in accounting and finance. Karmyn studied abroad at the University College London and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a concentration in business law. Upon graduation, she moved to Houston, Texas to clerk for the Honorable Jeff Bohm, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas. She volunteers with the Houston Urban Debate League, a non-profit organization dedicated to re-introducing academic debate to under-served and at-risk students in Houston area high schools.

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