Helping Students Reach Their Goals: Thurgood Marshall College Fund Applauds South Florida Role Models

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Washington, DC (May 24, 2013) – Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), an organization that assists students with access to higher education, job opportunities, and leadership development, will honor South Florida role models at its 3rd Annual Distinguished Young Leader Awards, beginning 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 6 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Five Honorees will be applauded for their work in helping students develop into leaders prepared to compete for jobs. They are, Jaret L. Davis, Esq., Co-Managing Shareholder of the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig LLP; Shane Graber, Vice President Brand Managing Director House of Grey Goose; Christie Grays, Director Community Relations, Baptist Health South Florida; and Jose Hernandez-Solaun, Senior Vice President, GE Capital. Receiving the inaugural Legacy Award is James O. Cole, Esq., former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at AutoNation, Inc.

“Role models, like our 2013 honorees, are vital to helping the next generation become leaders and change agents,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “Through their leadership, students are able to find resources that will prepare them for jobs in today’s workforce. Having two member-schools in Florida, Florida A&M University and Florida A&M School of Law, TMCF is excited to host this event in the South Florida area for the third time.”

The Distinguished Young Leader Awards, awarded to individuals under 45, is part of a nationwide effort to inform the broader community about the mission of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and raise funds to support the nearly 300,000 students who attend TMCF member-schools. The honorees are exemplary local individuals chosen based on their proven leadership, community involvement, professional and civic excellence, as well as their contributions to education and diversity in a regional area. For more information on the event, contact Mary Jones at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 201-227-8427

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities — access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit