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Washington, DC (April 25, 2013) – Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and National Hockey League (NHL) announced the recipients of its inaugural scholarship program.

Donald Shaw III of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in Washington, D.C. and Richard Lucas of the Ed Snider Hockey Foundation in Philadelphia are the recipients of the 2013 NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund academic scholarship to attend any four-year college or university in the U.S. this fall. TMCF Chief Financial Officer Velma R. Hart and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement today during a Congressional Hockey Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill that focused on the state of hockey in the U.S., including instructional hockey and safety in youth sports.

“With the uncertainty of Pell Grants looming for 2014 and new Plus Loan requirements forcing students to abandon their college dreams, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund is grateful for the NHL’s long-term commitment to this scholarship program, which will continue to help graduating High School Seniors through 2020,” said TMCF Chief Financial Officer Velma R. Hart.

The academic scholarship is part of the partnership between the NHL and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for participants in the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative, the League’s official youth development program.

“The Hockey is for Everyone initiative gives young people the opportunity to be introduced to hockey -- an experience that can act as a catalyst in building character and developing life skills through the lessons learned on the ice,” said Commissioner Bettman. “Through our partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, we are extending our commitment by helping young men and women achieve academic excellence at institutions of higher learning.”

A native of Washington, D.C. Shaw, 17, is a forward and defenseman with the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club’s Cannons team in Washington, D.C., and has been with the program since 2005. He attends Field High School and plans to attend Elmira College.

Lucas, 18, is a goaltender with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Midget 18U travel team in Philadelphia, and has been with the program since 2009. He attends Neshaminy High School and plans to attend Penn State University.

Under the direction of Commissioner Bettman, who serves on the TMCF Board of Directors, the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarship was developed in 2012 from monies raised from the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge, the charity hockey game pitting members of Congress and staff against registered lobbyists. To date, through the Congressional Hockey Challenge, more than $250,000 has been raised in support of the scholarship.

“We are excited to have teamed up with the NHL on this initiative and to present the first two scholarship recipients with an opportunity to pursue their college dreams,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “Sports, like hockey, coupled with a great educational foundation prepare students to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit

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