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NBA Star Al Jefferson Donates $25,000 to MDC’s North Campus

Gift creates scholarship endowment fund in honor of player’s late father

Teddie Laing (second from left), Miami Dade College’s chairperson of the North Campus School of Business and aunt of Minnesota Timberwolves basketball player Al R. Jefferson, presents a check for $25,000, which was donated by her nephew to establish a scholarship fund in honor of the NBA star’s late father. Pictured with Laing are Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Miami Dade College Board of Trustees Chair Helen Aguirre Ferre, and MDC North Campus President Dr. Jose Vicente.

Miami, September 16, 2008 - During a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Miami Dade College (MDC) Foundation was presented with a $25,000 check from Minnesota Timberwolves Center-Forward Al R. Jefferson to establish a scholarship endowment at the North Campus, in honor of his late father. Jefferson, who’s been in the NBA four seasons, is the nephew of Teddie Laing, chairperson of the North Campus School of Business who presented the check on his behalf.

The Alvin Randolph Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund will provide first-generation entrepreneurship and business students enrolled at MDC’s North Campus or the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center with need-based tuition scholarships. “We are tremendously grateful that Mr. Jefferson chose MDC as the first institution of higher education to which he is making a financial contribution, particularly in light of the tough economic times our students face,” said MDC North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente.      

Jefferson says the biggest influence in his decision came from watching his younger sister Jazma make it through her first year at MDC with support from the college and others. “Miami Dade College has been great to my family, and with this contribution, I’m able to accomplish two important goals by formally honoring my father who passed away suddenly when I was seven months old and helping highly motivated, deserving students who are the first in their families to attend college,” said Jefferson. “This institution gives everyone regardless of economics, social status, or ethnicity an opportunity to earn a degree, prepare for a career, or fulfill personal goals.”

Al Jefferson
NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves Center-Forward Al Jefferson

The Alvin Randolph Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund is expected to begin awarding scholarships to eligible students beginning in August 2009. Scholarships will be awarded to MDC students who have been accepted for admission or are officially enrolled in the college’s business or entrepreneurship programs; are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; who demonstrate financial need; and have at least a 2.5 GPA. 

For more information about the Alvin Randolph Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund or other academic programs in business or entrepreneurship, contact Ms. Teddie Laing, chairperson of the North Campus School of Business at 305-237-8418 or

For contributions to the Alvin Randolph Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, contact: Denise Goldson-Rau, director of development, 305-237-3846 or

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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