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In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Bacardi Gold and the NBA have created a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to leaders from the African American and Hispanic communities. In addition to excelling in the classroom, these students 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 24 local students in six NBA markets (New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and Boston). Each of these recipients is automatically eligible for a larger national scholarship of $30,000 via an online competition. There will be four national scholarship winners, which will be announced at an NBA event in June.

Click on the videos below to learn more about these students. Then vote for the four students you think are most deserving of receiving a $30,000 national scholarship!

Click here for Thurgood Marshall scholarship finalist profiles. Or, click here for Hispanic scholarship finalist profiles.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Voting ends 5/30/11. Voting is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and who are 21 years of age or older.

Voters will not be compensated in any way for casting a vote. For full Program rules click here.

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