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(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Nominations are now open for the distinguished Broward Education Foundation Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Awards that recognize alumni of Broward County Public Schools.

Nominations are accepted through Friday, May 1 for Outstanding Achievement Award, presented to alumnus who have made significant achievements in any field; Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to alumnus who have dedicated themselves to improving public education; and the Education Achievement Award, presented to alumnus 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 John Aycock, former principal and area superintendent for Broward School District; Edwin Moore, PhD, president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida; Eugene Pettis, JD, co-founder of Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm law firm in Fort Lauderdale; Errict Rhett, former NFL player and president of the Errict Rhett Foundation; Desmond Blackburn, PhD, chief school performance and accountability officer for Broward Schools; Lynn Goldman, community liaison to the Broward Technical Schools; and Jennifer Hamilton, athletic director for Stranahan High School.

“We have some of the most distinguished graduates from our public schools who make a difference in our community every day,” said Thomas P. Severino, president/CEO of the Broward Education Foundation. “We look forward to recognizing another noteworthy group from this year’s nominations.”

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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