The month of August has come and gone—but not without some well-deserved recognition for our hard-working Scorpion employees. In line with our monthly tradition, we announced numerous Employees of the Month and then gave one of those EOMs the opportunity to choose a charity for a Scorpion donation (through our charitable giving division, Scorpion Cares). Ed Jackson, Client Development Representative from our Dallas office, did the honors and selected the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is an organization that works to narrow the achievement gap in higher education and mold young leaders. According to its website, JRF achieves this goal through a two-pronged approach: the provision of four-year grants for college, along with the delivery of comprehensive services that help JRF scholars become successful, community-focused leaders.
Since its inception, JRF has provided 1,500 JRF scholarships to minority students, achieving a 98% graduation rate among its scholars. It has sent its scholars to 225 different colleges and universities, disbursing $70 million in grants and direct programs services.
So why the Jackie Robinson Foundation? Here’s what Ed had to say about his choice:
“To quote the great Frederick Douglass, ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men and women.’ The Jackie Robinson Foundation gives kids the proper motivation and opportunity to maximize their potential to happiness.
“My cousins have had this experience, and they mention to me every day that the foundation not only gave them the tools to achieve success, but taught them how to do it with love. The most treasured and sacred moments of our lives are those filled with the spirit of love. The greater the measure of our love, the greater is our joy. In the end, the development of such love is the true measure of success in life, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation is where it starts.”
We commend Ed for making such a fantastic choice. Here at Scorpion, we love supporting charities that make such a meaningful impact on the lives of others—especially young people. Want to contribute? You can donate to The Jackie Robinson Foundation here.
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Kylie Patterson currently holds the role of Director of Public Relations at Scorpion, although she has previous experience working with many departments within the company. She spends her time finding new and exciting ways to connect Scorpion both with the local and global community. When she is not at the office, Kylie enjoys dancing, live music, sporting events, and spending time with her black Labradoodle, Royce. She is also a proud graduate, and diehard fan, of the University of California, Los Angeles.