Who is eligible for the scholarships?
- 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 2018 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
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 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 May 15, 2018, and the submission deadline is July 1, 2018. Award recipients will be informed in early August 2018. More specific information will be provided at that time.
2018 APPLICATION PROCESS
How does the application process work?
Click the link below and it will redirect you to the AcademicWorks website where you will create an account and complete your application. Applicants are required to submit a completed application, including high school transcripts, plus reference letters from their RBI Director, teacher, mentor, or another adult, other than family.
Please click the link below and complete the formatted application for consideration.
Completed application with supporting materials must be submitted on or before July 1, 2018.
When are the letters of recommendation and school transcripts due? Can they be submitted separately from my application?
All materials must be attached to your initial application in order to completely submit your entry by the July 1 due date. Transcripts and letters of recommendation will not be accepted under separate cover. Incomplete, e-mailed, mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.
Can I apply online?
Yes. You may click the link listed above and you will be redirected to the online application via AcademicWorks.
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 an 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 2017 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 an 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 an 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 early August. Letters to all applicants will be mailed in August indicating the disposition of your application. The names of all scholarship recipients will be posted on MLB.com/rbi.
Where does funding for the RBI for RBI Scholarships come from?
The scholarships are fully funded by MLB's Youth Foundation.
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to:
- Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth
- Encourage academic participation and achievement
- Increase number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and minor leagues
- Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game
- Teach the value of teamwork
The RBI program features educational and life skills components. Local RBI programs have the opportunity to conduct a variety of courses, including:
Breaking Barriers: In Sports, in Life, a multicultural character education program developed by Major League Baseball
BGCA's SportSMART! program, a condensed version of BGCA's award-winning SMART Moves program designed to assist young people in learning how to resist alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and premature sexual activity
Partnership for a Drug-Free America programming such as Time to Talk, Play Healthy, and Not in my House, character education programs aimed at preventing and handling drug and alcohol abuse
Taylor Hooton Foundation, Hoot's Chalk Talk raises awareness and provides education on the subject of the use of PEDs
For information on how to join RBI, or how your program can become an RBI program, please contact:
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities:
Major League Baseball
Phone: (212) 931-7800
Typical RBI leagues operate from May to August and provide five divisions of local league play for older participants: Freshman Boys (13-14 year olds), Junior Boys (15-16 year olds), Senior Boys (17-18 year olds) and Softball (14-and-under and 18-and-under). Tournament play for these ages typically begins in late July with Regional qualifying tournaments for advancement to the RBI World Series in early August.