Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a 1954 decision that ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional. He served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy. He was appointed as the Solicitor General by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. President Johnson nominated him to the United States Supreme Court in 1967 and he was approved by the Senate.
This Year's Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Recipient
Joy-Marie S.A. Salmon is a senior at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Georgia with a 3.98 GPA. She will be graduating as a Summa Cum Laude and will be awarded the Atlanta Journal Cup for 2021 best all around senior for excelling academically, athletically and in extracurricular activities/community service.
She states that in her household, she lives by the mantra by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night”.
Her involvement in Student Government and Student Council at her high school has contributed to her personal and professional growth. Exploring the world through community engagement is especially important to her because she feels it is prudent to give back to the community that has raised and given to you.
For the 2021 Fall semester, she was accepted at Albany State University and Kennesaw State University to pursue post-secondary studies in Criminal Studies (major) and Psychology (minor). She is extremely excited about the way God is leading her and know this route will propel her in achieving the career path to post-graduate legal studies, she encourages other students by saying “If you can dream it, you will achieve it!”
This Year's Presidents' Council Scholarship Recipient
Katleen (Kat) Bricourt is a 2021 graduate of Goshen High School in Goshen, NY. She has excelled in the academic arena as well as extra – curricular activities and has maintained a 3.5 GPA. Kat has been an active member of the Young Progressives Club, Interact Club, and the Track Team. Kat was awarded for her hard work and perseverance in school and on the track team. Kat was able to balance academics and athletics. Being apart of the community is one of her top priorities. Kat is involved in assisting young readers at the library, cleaning at the animal shelter, or creating cards for community events.
Kat will attend Pac University in New York City in the fall of 2021 to pursue a degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. Beyond earning an undergraduate degree, Kat plans to attend law school.