The fifty-eight scholars, including ten JRF/Strada Education Network Scholars, will receive up to $30,000 each and be invited to participate in a comprehensive, four-year program that includes life skills and leadership training; one-on-one adult and peer mentoring; career guidance; and internship and permanent job placement. The Class of 2021 JRF Scholars were chosen from forty-seven hundred high-achieving college freshmen with leadership potential and financial need.
Funding for the JRF/Strada Education Network Scholars is part of a $6.5 million grant from Strada (formerly USA Funds) to the Jackie Robinson Foundation that was announced in March, along with three goals: provide funding for thirty JRF Scholars over three years; enable the foundation to substantially scale its college success program; and meet the fundraising goal for the Jackie Robinson Museum in Brooklyn, New York.
"This initial class of JRF/Strada Education Network Scholars boasts an impressive range of achievements and interests befitting a program named for one of our nation's most celebrated figures in sports, civil rights, business, and education," said Strada Education president and CEO William D. Hansen. "Strada Education is honored to partner with JRF to support and scale the JRF Scholars program, and we look forward to the many successes in college and career that await these students."