RH Offers Minority Grants
Staff -- 12/4/00

Beginning in 2001, both Random House Inc. and its One World/Ballantine Books imprint will offer separate scholarships aimed at supporting minority recipients.

Random House teamed up with the Jackie Robinson Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship called the Jackie Robinson/Random House Scholarship.The grant will be awarded to an academically gifted student of color bound for college. The scholarships will be awarded every four years.

The first Jackie Robinson/Random House Scholar will be selected in the spring and must be an English, journalism or liberal arts student from the New York metropolitan area beginning college in fall 2001. The Jackie Robinson Foundation was established by Rachel Robinson, widow of the Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Famer.

For more information, contact the Jackie Robinson Foundation at 3 West 35th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001 or call (212) 290-8600. Or visit theWeb site at

Over at Random's Ballantine/One World, which specializes in works aimed at African-American readers, the imprint announced plans to sponsor annual scholarships totaling $5,000 in each of the next three years to support writers of African descent. The scholarship will be awarded to financially needy writers attending Hurston/Wright Writer's Week, a multigenre summer workshop offered by the Hurston/Wright Foundation. The scholarships will be named One World Scholarships.

The foundation--named for authors Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright--was established in 1990 by novelist Marita Golden (who is also the president of the foundation) and is dedicated to discovering and nurturing writers of African descent.

Anita Diggs, senior editor of the One World imprint, will present a lecture during the workshop.