At the February Dade County School Board meeting, Dr. Steve Gallon III recognized the 2018 5000 Role Models of Excellence Wilson Scholars.
The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project was founded in 1993 by U.S. Rep. Dr. Frederica S. Wilson, a steadfast supporter of improving public education. The mission of the 5000 Role Models is to intervene in the lives of at-risk youth and provide them with alternatives to dropping out of school and self-destructive behaviors.
This year, Wilson Scholars included students from the following senior high schools: Coral Gables, Coral Reef, Felix Varela, Miami Coral Park, Miami Jackson, Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College, Miami Northwestern, Miami Palmetto, Miami Senior, North Miami, and William H. Turner Technical School of the Arts. Since the inception of the program, more than $10 mil-lion in scholarships have been awarded to graduating seniors.
The item was co-sponsored by School Board Chair Perla Tabres Hantman, Vice Chair Dr. Martin Karp, and Board members Dr. Lawrence Feldman, Lubby Navarro, Dr. Marta Perez, and Mari Tere Rojas.