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Rose Hill Senior Honored by Major League Baseball and Jackie Robinson Foundation


On Wednesday, Feb. 13, all eyes were on Fordham senior Chanel Cathey.

The communications and political science major was the subject of a documentary film being shot by Major League Baseball Productions on the Rose Hill campus, honoring her as a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar.

According to Allison J. Davis, the foundation’s director of public relations, Cathey was chosen from among 256 scholars nationwide to be the featured scholar at its annual Foundation Awards Dinner on March 3 honoring Clive Davis and George Lucas. The three-minute documentary profiling her life on the Fordham campus will premiere at the dinner.

“Chanel was selected unanimously by the foundation and our corporate sponsors,” Davis said. “She epitomizes what the Jackie Robinson Foundation is all about in her scholarship, community service and her leadership abilities. It’s amazing that someone so young is so accomplished and so generous.”

Cathey is the 2007 recipient of a $10,000 Unilever Legacy of Leadership award through the foundation and an Xavier Scholar through Fordham’s Campion Institute. While in high school, Cathey co-developed a program, Our Piece of the Pie, to help previously imprisoned teenagers in her home state of Connecticut.

Cathey serves as a Freshman Advisement Student Assistant mentor for incoming students at Fordham College at Rose Hill. She is also president of Women in Communications.

“I’m not surprised that the Jackie Robinson Foundation is honoring Chanel as outstanding even among her fellow Robinson scholars,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill. “She’s an excellent ambassador for the foundation—and for Fordham.”


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