Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)

RBI Scholarship Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation 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 2017, the fund will provide annual scholarships of $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. In 2008, six $5,000 scholarships were awarded to RBI participants; from 2009 to 2016, 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 provided the winners maintain a 2.75 grade point average (GPA). Transcripts will be requested and reviewed on a semesterly basis.

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.

2017 ELIGIBILITY

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 2017 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 2.75 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
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21

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, participation in school, 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 $5,000 per year. Award payments of one-half the award amount will be made twice a year (August and December) 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 May 15, 2017 and the postmark deadline is June 30th, 2017. Award recipients will be informed in late July 2017. More specific information will be provided at that time.

2017 APPLICATION PROCESS

How does the application process work?
Applicants are required to submit a completed application, including high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, 2 statements of character, one from your RBI Coach or League Director and one from an education professional such as your teacher, guidance counselor or mentor and a recent headshot.

Please print and complete the PDF formatted application.
Downloadable Scholarship Application »
   (111KB pdf file) Adobe Acrobat

Completed application with supporting materials must be mailed in one envelope on or before June 30, 2017.

The completed application and the eligibility verification document should be mailed to:

RBI for RBI Scholarship
c/o MLB Youth Programs
ATTN: Rose Aparicio
245 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10167

How do I learn more about these Scholarships?
Please contact Rose Aparicio, Sr. Administrative Assistant, Major League Baseball at RBIScholarship@mlb.com

When are the letters of Character Reference, school transcripts, and test scores due? Can they be sent separately from my application?
Application materials must be mailed in one packet by the June 30th due date. Transcripts and letters of Character Reference 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 MLB.com/rbi and mail it to the noted address. 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 2016 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. Recipients are responsible for making sure their school of choice accepts outside scholarships and can process them accordingly.

Can I use the RBI for RBI Scholarship to study abroad?
The scholarship may be used to study abroad provided the recipient carries a minimum of half time enrollment as defined by their accredited University.

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. Scholars will be notified via their student email when checks are mailed. In addition, it is the scholar's responsibility to ensure the check has been received, deposited and allocated to their student 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 late July. The names of all scholarship recipients will be posted on MLB.com/rbi. Letters to all applicants will be mailed in late July 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.

Is the RBI for RBI Scholarship an athletic or academic scholarship?
The RBI for RBI Scholarship is an academic scholarship and in no way affects your NCAA eligibility.

"Please note the RBI for RBI Scholarship and criteria has been adjusted from in previous years. We know that these changes will provide scholars with increased educational and career opportunity as they progress through their pursuit of higher education. In addition, these adjustments will assist MLB in the scholar selection process moving forward. The current RBI for RBI Scholarship eligibility requirements will not be affected by the new launch of the scholarship program. MLB Youth Programs will however, require submission of transcripts on a semesterly basis effective August 2017 for review."

Thank you for your patience throughout this process. We look forward to hearing from each of you.

Sincerely,
The MLB Youth Programs Team