Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)

RBI Scholarship Program


Major League Baseball Charities, Inc. recognizes the importance of encouraging academic excellence in addition to athletic skills. That's why, in 2007, Major League Baseball Charities, Inc. 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 2015, the fund provided annual scholarships of $5,000 for 11 selected RBI players who demonstrated 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 2014, twelve students received $5,000 scholarships.

RBI Scholarship Program

MLB Charities 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.

The 2015 scholarship recipients are as follows:
  • Jaylene Anderson of Verona, Ky. (Reds RBI): Anderson will attend Eastern Kentucky University to study special education and minor in American sign language, which she taught herself. She is the captain of her high school volleyball and softball teams, has been involved in peer tutoring for special-needs students for all four years and has volunteered with RedsFest for the Reds Community Fund at her local nursing home.
  • Jennifer Avecedo of New York (Harlem RBI): Avecedo will attend Marymount Manhattan College to study business. Avecedo, captain of her Harlem RBI softball team, ranks in the top 10 percent of her graduating class in grade-point average and was a four-year member of the National Honor Society. She attended a summer academic program at Cornell on a full scholarship.
  • Richard Aviles of Garden Grove, Calif. (Angels RBI): Aviles will attend Santa Ana College to study kinesiology. He has volunteered with after-school programs and his local recreation center, and he will be the first member of his family to attend college.
  • Craig Campbell of Miami (Marlins RBI): Campbell will attend Barry University to study criminal justice. He is an eight-year member of the Salvation Army as a Corps Cadet, an Adventure Corps member and a member of the youth band.
  • Kayla Cato of Decatur, Ga. (Browns Mill RBI): Cato will attend Claflin University to study journalism. The five-year member of the RBI program and 2013 RBI World Series Softball Championship Game MVP created a plan of action to her RBI head coach that included healthy eating habits and proper stretching techniques for athletes. Cato's coach implemented these strategies, and various players saw improvements in their physical and mental performance.
  • Jason Dubon of Miami (Marlins RBI): Dubon will attend Florida to study computer science. He tutors students in math and has held several leadership roles in various clubs, including CodeNow Computer Sciences Club, Take Stock in Children Program, Future Business Leaders of America, Ignorance Isn't Bliss and A.A.P.P. Foundation. Dubon was the team captain of his varsity baseball team.
  • Jarmarcus Everett of Columbia, Miss. (Mississippi RBI): Everett will attend Jackson State to study civil engineering. Everett graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, won the leadership award for his varsity baseball team and has been president of the student body the past three years. Everett has volunteered for the Special Olympics, Dixie Youth Baseball and the Salvation Army.
  • Amber Hunter of Newark (N.J.) RBI: Hunter will attend Caldwell University to major in biology/pre-med. She is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and the Music Honor Society, and her dream is to become a neonatal pediatric specialist.
  • Woizero Jarvis of Bronx, N.Y. (Harlem RBI): Jarvis will attend Ithaca College. Jarvis, who is the captain of her Harlem RBI softball team, is president of the Youth Leadership Council and has volunteered with a variety of organizations, including Show Box Project, Ward 7 Clean-up in Washington, D.C. and Pitch, Hit & Run.
  • Daschal Johnson of Lewisville, Texas (Astros RBI): Johnson will attend Northwestern Oklahoma State, where he will study health and sports science and play baseball. Daschal was captain of his varsity baseball team and has volunteered as a peer mentor for elementary and middle school kids. Johnson participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the President's Club and Student Council.
  • Anthony Maldonado of Newark RBI: Maldonado will attend Bloomfield College to study math. Maldonado, who has given back to the RBI community by coaching and umpiring, comes from a single-parent home and his mother is a cancer survivor.
Please check back for 2016 RBI for RBI Scholarship information.

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