Date: September 28th 2010

In partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Bacardi Gold and the NBA have created a scholarship program that will provide financial assistance to leaders from the African American and Hispanic communities. In addition to excelling in the classroom, these individuals are leaders in the community who exemplify the values of volunteerism and service.

The Gold Standard Scholarship Program provides academic scholarships of $10,000 to local students in six NBA markets (New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and Boston). Each of these recipients will be eligible for a larger national scholarship of $30,000 via an online competition to be awarded at a national event.

Application Available September 15, 2010
Application Deadline January 15, 2011
Application Processing January 2011 through February 2011
Scholar Selection and Notification February 2011 through March 2011
Online Public Voting for National Winners March 2011 through April 2011
National Winners Announced/Honored May 2011
Verification of Enrollment Fall 2011
Financial Award Distribution Fall 2011

Scholarship Criteria:

Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of application submission
Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 and must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Enrolled or plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student in a degree seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam in the upcoming academic year
Have a permanent address or attending school in one of the following metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans or New York City
Demonstrate leadership qualities and service experience
Be willing to be featured in online public voting competition for a chance to win an additional $30,000 scholarship
Be of African-American or Hispanic descent

We encourage you to apply and show us how you demonstrate academic success and exemplify the values of volunteerism and service in your respective communities:

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

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