UCLA Creates $1M in Scholarships in Name of Jackie Robinson

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American baseball player Jackie Robinson (1919 - 1972) grounds a ball at first place while warming up for an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, Ebbets Field, NYC, 1950s. (Photo by Hulton|Archive/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA is creating $1 million worth of scholarships in the name of Jackie Robinson for male athletes in the four sports the baseball Hall of Famer played while attending the school.

The Jackie R. Robinson Centennial Scholars Endowed Scholarships will cover baseball, football, men’s basketball and men’s track and field.

The school said Tuesday that the $1 million was donated by local philanthropists with the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match providing a 50 percent match.

Robinson attended UCLA from 1939-41. Six years later, he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In 2014, UCLA renamed several recreation and athletic facilities in Robinson’s honor and retired his jersey number 42 across all 25 collegiate sports.