Jai Robinson '19 and Olivia Whiteside '19 Awarded Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships


Two recent graduates of Nichols School earned a prestigious scholarship for minority students as they begin their collegiate journeys. Jai Robinson '19 and Olivia Whiteside '19 were selected as part of the Jackie Robinson Foundation's Class of 2023.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, named after the prominent civil rights advocate and the first African-American Major League Baseball player, provides students with up to $30,000 over the course of a four-year degree, mentoring services, leadership development, and internship and job placement assistance.

Robinson and Whiteside will also take part in a community service initiative as part of the scholarship program, joining their fellow honorees for a trip to Tanzania next summer to finish building a school begun by a previous class. Read more about the Western New York students honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation from WBFO.

Robinson, a recipient of the 2019 Nichols Dance Award, was accepted into the prestigious Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. Robinson was an incredible contributor to the dance program throughout his time at Nichols, with dance teacher Elaine Gardner highlighting his "inspiring performances, energy and subtle emotion" he has developed with each performance.

Whiteside was a four-year volleyball player and co-captain as a senior for the Vikings. She also co-captained the Science Olympiad team and participated in the political debate club and assisted the writing center, among other activities. Whiteside will be attending New York University to study media culture and communication.

Additionally, Whiteside was awarded Nichols School's Louise B. Keiser Scholarship this year. Established in 2012, in memory of Louise B. Keiser, this four-year college scholarship is awarded to a young woman in the Nichols senior class who demonstrates those qualities and characteristics that Louise's family and friends admired in her. Louise was a bright, curious, athletic and purposeful woman who touched the lives of many.

We wish Jai and Olivia all the best in their collegiate endeavors and this amazing opportunity through the Jackie Robinson Foundation!