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5,000 Role Models of Excellence Scholarship Ceremony
May 27, 2009, 1:34 am
Filed under: Education

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project held its Sixteenth Annual Scholarship Ceremony last Friday at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Forty-five graduating high school seniors were each honored with a two-year, pre-paid scholarship and a laptop computer.

The Role Models Project is the brainchild of Senator Frederica Wilson and has benefitted thousands of young men in Miami-Dade County Public Schools since 1993, due to the realization that there is an ongoing crisis in the lives of many young males. 

The keynote speaker for the scholarship ceremony was motivational speaker Robert Jackson who is a former Minnesota Vikings running back and the author of No More Excuses:  Black Men Stand Up. 

The project’s mission is to intervene in the lives of at-risk boys, in order to provide them with alternatives that will lead them away from a life of crime and violence. In this innovative program, young males ages 9-19 are paired with successful, professional adult volunteers, who provide advice, guidance and educational assistance. The program serves 82 schools, which include 16 elementary, 34 middle and 32 senior high Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

5,000 Role Models Award Recipients. Photos by Tom Gordon

5,000 Role Models Award Recipients. Photos by Tom Gordon

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