Supporting the Pursuit of Excellence

JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $30,000 over four years to complement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars are financially sponsored to attend JRF’s annual four-day “Mentoring and Leadership Conference” in New York City and other regional events throughout the year.

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98%
Graduation Rate
1,500+
Scholars Alumni
$95M+
In Grants
260+
Colleges & Universities Attended

Core Values of a JRF Scholar

Our four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service.

Discipline

Scholars understand responsibility and the committed diligence needed to achieve goals.

Integrity

Guided by the truth, Scholars possess an honest character that compels respect.

Humility

Scholars accept that all are created equal and are quick to share credit while slow to blame.

Compassion

By practicing empathy and generosity towards others, Scholars advocate human dignity for all.

Courage

Scholars are resolute and seek to defend themselves and others in the face of injustice.

Mentoring and Leadership Conference

A key component of JRF’s robust curriculum is its annual four-day “Mentoring and Leadership Conference” (MLC), hosted for all JRF Scholars and held in New York City. The MLC coincides with the annual JRF Alumni reunion, also held in NYC, which allows for important mentoring and networking interaction between Scholars and alumni.

During the meticulously orchestrated MLC conferences each year, JRF Scholars participate in career exploration, practical life skills, and leadership development workshops; network with dozens of community leaders, corporate executives, and government officials; engage through cultural, recreational, and community service outings; and interact with JRF staff, sponsors and alumni, as well members of JRF’s extensive volunteer corps known as “Scholar Advisory Committees” (SAC).

The MLC is a highlight of JRF’s year-round mentoring efforts and culminates in JRF Scholars attending the Foundation’s Annual Robie Awards Dinner, traditionally held on the first Monday of March, with smaller regional events and gatherings held throughout the year.