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(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) – Nominations are now open for the renowned Broward Education Foundation Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Awards that recognize alumni of Broward County Public Schools.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday, June 30 for Outstanding Achievement Award, presented to alumni who have made significant achievements in any field; Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an alumnus who was dedicated to improving public education; and the Education Achievement Award, presented to alumni who have dedicated their careers to public education. Nomination forms are available at

Presented by Bright Star Credit Union, the Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Awards were created in 2013 to highlight graduates of Broward County Public Schools who have made positive contributions to education, the community and have achieved success in their careers.

Previous winners have included Michael H. Roland, student activities liaison and a 30-year veteran of Broward County Public Schools; Romney Rogers, Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner and managing partner of Rogers, Morris and Zeigler; Rosalind Osgood, PhD, Vice Chair of the Broward County School Board and CEO and President of Mount Olive Development Corporation; Henry Rose, President of Unicol, Inc. and president of the Falcon Foundation; Shirley Baker, Instructional Facilitator/Graduation Coach for Broward County Public Schools; Thomas Keller, post-secondary Automotive Instructor at Atlantic Technical College; and Valerie Smith Wanza, PhD, Director of School Performance & Accountability for Broward County Schools.

“We are excited to recognize another remarkable group of Broward County Public School graduates,” said Thomas P. Severino, president and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation. “To have such notable alumni is special and we look forward to recognizing their successes and their continued efforts to make our community the best it can be.”

About the Broward Education Foundation:

Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching to advance Pre K-12 achievement; critically needed educational materials for Title I school teachers and students, and scholarships for qualified high school seniors.  Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.

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