Last month, with a smile, I accepted an offer from Nuccia McCormick to become the Parliamentary Chairperson of the Thomas W. McCormick Scholarship Fund. The Fund is a Florida Not-For-Profit (501(c)(3)) Organization that was named after the late Thomas W. McCormick who was a highly-successful engineer and civic leader. He was a decorated captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a U.S. Ranger in France, Germany and Vietnam. His efforts serving our country in combat earned him a Bronze Star.
The Thomas W. McCormick Scholarship Fund provided scholarships and “study abroad” opportunities to a dozen students last year. At our summer “Meet-and-Greet” this week, we announced our goal of fifteen (15) scholarships for the year 2017. The guest list included Gina Hoff, Mercedes Loy, Mathew Rocco, Marietta Glazer, executives from Broward College and its language school Lingua as well as Nova Southeastern University and various members of the McCormick family. The organization supports education, foreign language, cultural diversity and international diplomacy. The Fund’s partners include the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Miami German Consulate General and the Miami Consulate Generale D’Italia.
While my wife and I have been consistent donors and participants in the Scholarship Fund in the past, this is my first active position. The law firm of Santucci Priore, P.L. and I have taken pride in mentoring students throughout the years from high school to undergraduate to law school and thereafter through various internships and mentoring programs, some formal, some informal. I hope to bring this experience and new energy and ideas to the Fund and ask that my friends and colleagues join me and do the same. The Scholarship Fund really makes a difference in young people’s lives, and the events are a whole lot of fun.
For anyone interested in making a donation to the Thomas W. McCormick Scholarship Fund, or in applying for a scholarship, please visit: www.twmccormick.org or contact me personally at the law firm of Santucci Priore, P.L.