Jack Fielkow Scholarship
If you are a graduating high school student and a mentee with Each One Save One (current or previous), you could qualify for a scholarship to help with your continuing education.
Last year’s winners included Christian Marshall of McDonogh #35 College Preparatory School and Marshante Collins of Joseph S. Clark Senior High School. Marshall went on to attend Tuskegee University and Collins attends Dillard University.
2017 Jack Fielkow Scholarship Application
Jack Fielkow Scholarship Program (Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2017)
The Jack Fielkow Scholarship program was created in 2012 and is named after the late Jack Fielkow, the father of former New Orleans City Council President Arnie D. Fielkow. Jack was an avid sports enthusiast and had a great love for the City of New Orleans. Arnie played an instrumental role in the building of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in New Orleans and has a baseball background as he served as the President of Minor League Baseball’s AA Southern League. Arnie also previously served as Executive Vice President of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and is currently the President and CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. The Jack Fielkow Scholarship program will fund (2) $2000 college scholarships annually, one awarded to a participant from the MLB Urban Youth Academy and one from the New Orleans-based mentoring program, Each One Save One.
APPLICANT: Please be sure to fill out each section of the application and attach all requested materials.
- Listed current UYA or MentorNOLA School you are affiliated with.
- Your Goals and Aspirations essay should be no longer than 500 words and must be enclosed with your application materials. (Include how you would benefit from the scholarship)
- Please submit your transcript with the application materials.
- Parents’ or guardians’ Financial Data: By their signatures, they also agree to provide proof of income, including copies of income tax returns, if required. Alternatively, you may include a copy of your FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR). If no proof of income is provided, the
Financial Data Section must be completed.
- Sign the Consent, Assignment and Release form (page 4). If you are under 18 years old, the form must have your parent/guardian signature as well.
- Application materials must be mailed in one packet.
- Incomplete, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be considered.
- We suggest that you keep copies of your application materials.
- You will be informed in early May 2017 as to whether or not you have received a scholarship.
Daja Vigne’s Story
“I want to go back and help the Academy the same way they helped me”
Daja Vigne is like many other freshmen in college: she works hard in school, enjoys spending time with her friends and fills whatever little free time she has with sports and other extracurricular activities. However, what truly sets Daja apart is her understanding and appreciation for what helped her to get to Belhaven University.
It all started in Carrollton Park, in New Orleans, where she heard from coaches about a new facility, the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy. Daja’s Mom signed her up for a few practices, but what helped make her a mainstay there were the batting cages at the Academy, both inside and out, that Daja used while playing for a softball travel team that summer.
“It was really impressive to use their facilities for the first time,” Daja said. “It was different from any other experience I had previously.”
While balancing classes, Key Club meetings and homework, Daja would always look forward to the time she was able to spend at the Academy with her teammates and coaches.
“Just playing and practicing with my team is what I miss the most,” Daja explained. “Having the ability to seek advice from Coach Eddie (Davis) helped me prepare for college and learn how to manage my time between softball and school.”
Last year, Daja was selected as the inaugural recipient of a college scholarship program developed by the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation and the Jack Fielkow Scholarship Fund. She was recognized because of her loyal participation in the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy’s softball program, her success in the classroom and work in the community.
“It showed that my hard work was appreciated, that I can achieve success,” Daja said proudly. “It was truly special that someone recognized what I had been working for, and now this scholarship will help me realize my dreams.”
Daja is still working hard, this time for a degree in Sports Medicine in the hopes that she can one day start her own business as a Physical Therapist. Despite her diligent work and preparation for the next stage of life, she has not forgotten about the support and guidance she received from the Urban Youth Academy and its coaches. Of all the places and activities that she can do during her school breaks, Daja has decided to return to the Academy to coach and volunteer in whatever way she can.
“I want to go back and help the Academy the same way they helped me”.
Helping to coach her baseball-obsessed nephews, Michael and Mason, is one aspect of returning to New Orleans that Daja is looking forward to.
“They always supported me at my games, so now I want to support them,” Daja explained.
With her passion, give-back mentality, and spirited vision, Daja will undoubtedly make an impact wherever life takes her.