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Pine Bluff student awarded Jackie Robinson Scholarship
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Pine Bluff student awarded Jackie Robinson Scholarship

NEW YORK, NY (JRF) - Ashley Gragg from Pine Bluff, Arkansas has been named a Jackie Robinson Scholar, Della Britton Baeza, President and CEO of The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), announced today. Gragg joins an exemplary group of incoming college freshman chosen from more than 2,900 applicants for the 41-year-old foundation’s flagship minority scholarship program founded by Rachel Robinson, wife of iconic American hero Jackie Robinson.    

“This is an exciting time for us each year,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “I take great pleasure in welcoming to the Jackie Robinson Foundation a new group of highly motivated, exceptional young men and women.  Gragg will join a long, distinguished history of JRF alumni who have become leaders in their respective professions and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson's legacy of community service and civic engagement.”

LINK:  http://www.jackierobinson.org/about/scholars-class-2018.php

Gragg pursues a Fine Arts degree at Xavier University of Louisiana with the hopes of earning a Doctorate’s degree and joining the Peace Corps.  She earned the distinction as a National Society of High School scholar, Arkansas Girls State Delegate, and a member of the National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society.  

Gragg will receive  $24,000 in scholarship grants over four years, leadership training, mentorship, networking opportunities, internship and job placement assistance, and other support from the Foundation while attending college and post-graduation.  Chosen for academic prowess, leadership potential and financial need, members of the new class will join 161 JRF undergraduate Scholars and 16 graduate Fellows currently supported by the Foundation. 

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Since 1973, The Jackie Robison Foundation has provided more than $65 million in support for 1,450 undergraduate and graduate students.  Scholarships for the 2018 Class JRF Scholars are made possible by the financial support of UCLA, Coca-Cola Foundation, GE Foundation, United Health Foundation, BMO Capital Markets, BNY Mellon, Stephen Greenberg, Major League Baseball, Northrop Grumman, Baltimore Orioles, John Blondel, Diedre Drake, Martin and Brian Edelman, Martin L. Edelman, Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Gregg Gonsalves, William Heard and Veranda Dickens, DLA Piper, Catherine and Michael Meyer, Jeffrey Moorad, Turn 2 Foundation, (Derek Jeter) and The Windmill Foundation. 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation will post the application and Scholar criteria for prospective Class of 2019 candidates on its website, www.jackierobinson.org on November 1, 2014.  

(Source: Jackie Robinson Foundation)

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