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(pictured from left to right) JRF/Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation Scholar Anthony Diamond and JRF/UCLA/Team 42 Scholar Nicolette Robinson.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation hosted its third annual Jazz on the Grass benefit on September 20th at the Sherman Oaks, California home of Lynne and noted Hollywood and Theatrical Director Oz Scott. Continuing the iconic tradition of jazz and Jackie Robinson dating back to 1963, Kenny Rankin, Freda Payne, Paul Jackson, Jr., Michael Henderson, Carmen Lundy, Rick Braun, Michael Lington and Brian Bromberg were just a few musicians who performed before a capacity crowd. In addition, JRF/Los Angeles Dodgers Team 42 Scholars Anthony Diamond and Nicolette Robinson shared their talents.  Pat Prescott of 94.7 The Wave once again served as Mistress of Ceremonies.  Event sponsors included Ford Motor Company, Broadway Federal Bank, CBS Paramount, City National Bank, Moet Hennessy, New Era, Nordstrom and UCLA.



(pictured from left to right: Rayshon Payton (Oklahoma City University), Daniella Jones (U Penn), Lauren Usher (U Penn), Dena Baker (U Minn), Melissa Johnson (Manhattanville College), Lauren Underwood (University of Michigan grad)

Seven Jackie Robinson Foundation college scholarship recipients returned to their campuses this fall having had the opportunity to serve as interns with NBC News at the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention.  Lauren Underwood, a JRF/Michael & Juanita Jordan Fund Scholar attending the University of Michigan, Lauren Usher, a JRF/Arthur Strugatz Scholar attending the University of Pennsylvania, Daniella Jones, a JRF/Dow Jones Scholar attending the University of Pennsylvania, Jaira Harrington, a JRF/GE Scholar and graduate of Spelman College, Melissa Johnson, a JRF/Unilever Scholar attending Manhattanville College, Rayshon Payton, a JRF/National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association Scholar attending Oklahoma City University and Dena Baker a JRF/University of Minnesota Scholar attending the University of Minnesota were selected as part of a rigorous interview process. UMinn student John Hardy interned at the GOP convention held in the Twin Cities.




(L-R): BMO's Marketing Director Kevin Windorf, Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumnus Marcus Ellison, Jackie Robinson Foundation/Random House Scholar Jennifer Kincaid and BMO's Vice President of Human Resources, Marietta Bottero

The Jackie Robinson Foundation is once again the recipients of BMO Capital Markets' generosity and hard work through their successful Equity Through Education program. The Toronto based bank designates one day each year on which it donates all of its institutional equity trading commission to three US education related non-profits. On hand to give their support during the event were Jackie Robinson Foundation/Random House Scholar, Jennifer Kincaid, a senior studying neuroscience and behavior major at Columbia University, Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumnus Marcus Ellison, a New York University graduate and entrepreneur, along with popular Fox Business Chanel personality Alexis Glick, Miss USA Crystal Davies and Mr. Met.










2009 Application Available Now!

Online Applications for JRF's Scholarship and Education and Leadership Development Program are now available. To learn more about our program and apply for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

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JRF Brings Jazz to the West Coast; Event Attracts Large Crowd

Listen to Brian McKnight from 2007 JAZZ on the Grass

Scholar Spotlight:

Melissa Johnson

Manhattanville College '09

Sponsor: Unilever

Major: International Studies

Melissa Johnson, a senior attending Manhattanville College, witnessed history this summer. As one of 8 JRF scholars chosen to work as an intern with NBC News, Mellssa spent the last weeks of her summer in Denver at the Democratic convention. An International Studies major, with a focus in Political and Economic Relations, the opportunity to watch the political process first hand was extraordinary. Yet "extraordinary" is also a word to describe Melissa who is studying Chinese and Creative Writing. With a 3.9 grade point average, Melissa stays connected to several community service projects. Her focus in her junior year was the environment where she's learned to ignite environmental awareness in her community. Melissa's goal is to travel abroad to further her understanding of the global economy and to increase her foreign language fluency as well.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation now has joined over 50 single-sport Halls of Fame, National Governing Bodies, Museums and other sports organizations across North America as a Founding Sports Partner of the Sports Museum of America (SmA), www.sportsmuseum.com.  SmA is proud to donate a portion of all ticket sales to the foundation and their scholars.  SmA is the Nation's first and only museum to celebrate all sports under one roof.  Filled with state-of-the-art interactives, original films and an awe-inspiring collection of memorabilia, SmA richly showcases the history, grandeur and significance of sports in American culture through great sports' stories of courage, education and triumph. SmA is located in New York City at 26 Broadway (next to the “Charging Bull” and footsteps from the Statue of Liberty Ferry).


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