The Office of the President

11th Annual Jackie Robinson Memorial Scholarship Ceremony

On Tuesday, August 27, Greeners gathered at Safeco Field for the 7th annual Evergreen Night at the Ballpark and the 11th annual Jackie Robinson Memorial Scholarship ceremony.   

Evergreen students Doneesha Brown and Maxwell Hanckel were honored during a ceremony at home plate before the Seattle Mariners game against the Texas Rangers as the 2013-14 recipients of the Jackie Robinson Memorial Scholarship. Along with Doneesha and Felix Braffith, Evergreen’s Director of KEY Student Services (accepting the giant check on behalf of Maxwell), the scholarship recipients were joined by President Purce and the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Seattle Mariners, Chuck Armstrong.

The Jackie Robinson Memorial Scholarship is a partnership between Mariners Care, The Evergreen State College and Seattle Central Community College and awarded to full-time students who demonstrate academic achievement and the ideals of outstanding commitment to community involvement and social justice that Jackie Robinson exemplified through all his athletic endeavors.

Evergreen has awarded 48 Jackie Robinson scholarships, starting in 1987, thanks to the philanthropy of then-faculty member Patrick Hill and his wife Maureen. A much beloved teacher, philosopher, writer and story-teller, Patrick endowed the scholarship as a tribute to his parents, immigrants who valued education highly but never, themselves, went to college, and who were devoted Jackie Robinson/Brooklyn Dodgers fans.

The Office of Alumni Programs sponsors our annual Evergreen Night at the Ballpark.  A block of seats just above home plate provides Evergreen supporters a spectacular view of the home plate ceremony and an exciting game.  A special thank you goes out to the Mariners for donating $4 from each ticket sale to support student scholarships.