Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)

RBI Scholarship Program


Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation, Inc. recognizes the importance of encouraging academic excellence in addition to athletic skills. That's why, in 2007, Major League Baseball established the "RBI (Runs Batted In) for RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Scholarship Fund", to help provide financial assistance to youth who participate in the RBI program and wish to pursue post secondary education.

In 2016, the fund will provide annual scholarships of up to $5,000 for up to twelve (12) selected RBI players who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and financial need and who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, vocational school or technical school. The actual amount of each scholarship grant is based on the recipient's annual tuition and expenses. In 2008, six $5,000 scholarships were awarded to RBI participants; from 2009 to 2015, twelve students annually were awarded $5,000 scholarships. The RBI for RBI Scholarship is renewable for up to four (4) years totaling $20,000 of financial assistance to each scholar as they further their education.

MLB UYF appreciates that through the encouragement of education, underserved youth will have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. The RBI for RBI Scholarship Fund was created to recognize young men and women who are dedicated to both personal and academic excellence. Financial assistance will be granted to scholars who have the desire, but not the means, to fulfill their dreams through higher education.

Downloadable Scholarship Application »
   (63KB pdf file) Adobe Acrobat

Past Scholarship Recipients »


Who is eligible for the scholarships?

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens, nationals or legal residents of the United States or Puerto Rico
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or students who have earned their GED who plan to enroll for the first time in 2016 in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college or university, or vocational school in the United States or Puerto Rico
  • Have a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) or have earned a GED
  • Be an active member of an RBI league as of the application deadline date
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for Pell Grant eligibility
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular and other activities

Scholarship recipients are required to comply with all academic and institutional rules, regulations and guidelines and to abide by all governing laws of their school. Recipients who do not attend, or who discontinue their program will forfeit their grant. Further, awards will not be deferred for any reason.

What are the criteria for the awards?
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, and financial need as demonstrated through Pell Grant eligibility.

How many awards will be given?
Awards will be granted to a maximum of 12 recipients.

How much are the awards?
Each award recipient will receive a need-based award of up to $5,000 per year. Award payments of one-half the award amount will be made twice a year (September and January) directly to his/her educational institution. These awards are renewable for up to three years, or until the training certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree is earned, whichever comes first, subject to continued satisfactory academic performance as defined by the educational institution.

Can I use the award for graduate study?
The awards are for undergraduate training or study only.

What are the important deadlines to keep in mind?
The scholarship application period begins on January 29, 2016, and the postmark deadline is April 4th, 2016. Award recipients will be informed in June 2016. More specific information will be provided at that time.


How does the application process work?
Applicants are required to submit a completed application, including high school transcripts, plus a reference letter from their RBI Director, teacher, mentor, or another adult, other than family.

Please print and complete the PDF formatted application.
Downloadable Scholarship Application »
   (63KB pdf file) Adobe Acrobat

Completed application with supporting materials must be mailed in one envelope on or before April 4, 2016.

The completed application and the eligibility verification document should be mailed to:
RBI for RBI Scholarship
c/o MLB Youth Programs, Inc.
ATTN: Jess Dunn
245 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10167

How do I learn more about these Scholarships?
Please contact Jess Dunn, RBI Coordinator, Major League Baseball at

When are the letters of recommendation and school transcripts due? Can they be sent separately from my application?
Application materials must be mailed in one packet by the April 4th due date. Transcripts and letters of recommendation will not be accepted under separate cover. Incomplete, e-mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.

Can I apply online?
No. You may print the application from and mail it to the noted address, but it is not possible to apply online. If you do print the application from the web site, be sure to print all pages.

Can I fax or e-mail my application?
Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for a RBI for RBI scholarship?
Yes. You must be a citizen, national or legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico in order to apply.

Is there an income limit?
Financial need is a factor that we consider in awarding scholarships. If you think that you will be eligible for financial aid at the colleges to which you are applying, you should apply for a RBI for RBI Scholarship, in addition to applying for government Financial Aid.

Do you need verification of my parents'/guardians' income?
The application asks your parents for their 2015 adjusted gross income as stated in last year's federal income tax return; that is, the return that they filed when you were a junior in high school. By their signatures, they also agree to provide proof of income, including copies of income tax returns, if requested. Alternately, you may include a copy of your FAFSA and SAR (Student Aid Report).

Can I use the RBI for RBI Scholarship at any college and for any major?
The scholarship may be used at any accredited degree-granting two-year college, four-year college or university or vocational school within the United States and Puerto Rico. Recipients may study any academic discipline of their choice.

If I am awarded a RBI for RBI Scholarship, how do I get my money?
A check will be sent at the start of each semester for one-half the annual award directly to your chosen institution to be credited to your account.

If I am awarded other scholarships or financial aid, does it affect my eligibility for the RBI for RBI Scholarship?
You are eligible for a RBI for RBI Scholarship even if you receive other scholarships or financial aid, unless the total amount of financial assistance you receive exceeds your college expenses, in which case the amount will be adjusted or forfeited.

When are the winners notified?
Scholarship recipients will be notified in June. The names of all scholarship recipients will be posted on Letters to all applicants will be mailed in May indicating the disposition of your application.

Where does funding for the RBI for RBI Scholarships come from?
The scholarships are fully funded by MLB's Urban Youth Foundation.