Sphinx Educational Fund, Inc. Scholarship Brunch

Date: October 29, 2022

Location: Children’s Museum of Phoenix
(virtual and in-person)

215 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was a shining example of the commitment to leadership, excellence and compassion for which both Funds stand. Accordingly, the Sphinx Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to present this event in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

For the past 18 years, this has been a signature fund raising event within the Greater Phoenix community with an audience that includes members of the business community, clergy, political and community leaders, as well as, students and scholars.



Ronnell RichardsRonnell Richards will deliver a powerful message that addresses the theme and gives students and professionals the encouragement they need to push forward during this extremely challenging period in all of our lives.

Richards is an award-winning entrepreneur, senior sales executive, sales trainer, motivational coach and speaker. Click here to learn more about Richards.



Chris PaulChris Paul is a 12-year NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold medalist. Paul currently plays with the Phoenix Suns and previously played with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New Orleans Hornets. Off the court, he’s a father, husband, entrepreneur, activist, and philanthropist.

Paul recently ended his tenure as the President of the National Basketball Players Association, which began in 2013. His business partnerships include the Jordan Brand, State Farm Insurance, Turner Impact Capital, Beyond Meat, Just Egg, PlayersTV, Uncharted Power, Calm, goPuff, Drink Koia, and more. In his home state of North Carolina, he is part owner of the Winston-Salem Dash and owner of the CP3 Basketball Academy. His production company, Ohh Dip!!! Productions, creates content across multiple platforms and Paul has executive produced projects including Chapter 3, Crossroads, The Game Changers, Blackballed, Why Not Us: NC Central Men’s Basketball, FAMU Football and Southern University Dancing Dolls and The Day Sports Stood Still. Ohh Dip!!! co-produces Bloomberg Quicktake’s How I Got Here, an in-depth weekly one-on-one interview series hosted by Paul and the series Front Office.

The Chris Paul Family Foundation continues to provide resources that enrich and strengthen underserved communities across the country. Paul’s foundation has been an outstanding supporter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Project Alpha national and local programs.

Paul co-launched the Social Change Fund dedicated to investing in and supporting organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all Black lives. His philanthropic efforts have earned him the 2016 ESPYs “Humanitarian of the Year” award, 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award and the NBA Community Assist Award five times. Chris is also the inaugural recipient of the Kobe and Gigi Bryant award by the WNBA for his ongoing support of women in sports. In 2022, Paul was appointed by President Joe Biden to the HBCU Advisory Council.

“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”

Donate to the Sphinx Educational Fund, Inc.

during the COVID-19 Crisis

We remain committed to our mission of awarding scholarships to college-bound youth. We humbly ask that you consider donating to our organization so we can help students achieve their dreams of attending a college or university. As a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status, all donations to SEF are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided. Would you help us by donating?

Please click on the PayPal button below to donate online or you may mail a check payable to the Sphinx Educational Fund, Inc. at this address:

Sphinx Educational Fund, Inc.
P.O. BOX 25131
Phoenix, AZ 85002-5131

By donating to the Sphinx Educational Fund, Inc., you will be mentioned on our brunch Website and Facebook page as a contributor.

Previous Awardees:

2021, Jeff Barton
2019, Sandra Kennedy
2018, Michael E. Johnson
2017, Memie C. Burton, Jr., M.D.
2016, Asa Herring
2015, Lovelle A. McMichael, Sr.
2014, Leah Landrum-Taylor
2013, Bishop Alexis A. Thomas
2012, Dr. Rufus Glasper & Gerald P. Richard II
2011, Judge Cecil B. Patterson, Jr.
2010, Calvin Coolidge Goode
2009, Justice Ruth McGregor
2008, Ms. Betty Fairfax

2007, Honorable Judge Lynda Howell – Phoenix Municipal Court
Jim Pederson – Entrepreneur, Arizona Businessman
2006, Commander Jeri Williams – City of Phoenix Police Dept
Dr. Warren Stewart, Sr. – Pastor, 1st Institutional Church
2005, Hon. Judge Carol Scott Berry – Phoenix Municipal Court
Don Logan – Office of Diversity, City of Scottsdale
2004, Dr. Eugene Grigsby – Educator
Honorable Judge Jean Williams – Retired Adjudicator