Jeff Barton, Chairman

City of Phoenix

Ralph Thompson II, Secretary

Education Management

King Gonzalez, Treasurer

Stryker Corporation

Jamie Pinder, PT, Chairman Emeritus

Select Physical Therapy

Earl Duval, Ph.D., Board Executive

The Sphinx Educational Fund (SEF) was established with the mission of working toward the realization of two goals: 1) To raise and award scholarship money to help fund post secondary education for deserving youth here in Arizona and nationally. It has been our passion to help deserving youth, who are High school Juniors and Seniors within Maricopa County, with achieving their goal of successfully attending a College or University and earning a degree. 2) To recognize and award Arizona community stalwarts who demonstrate leadership and excellence in the community in a way that honors the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Our primary vehicle to help accomplish these goals is our Annual Thurgood Marshall College Fund Brunch, a partnership between the national Thurgood Marshall College Fund organization and the local Sphinx Educational Fund focused on raising funds to achieve the aforementioned goals. Each year, our goal has been to raise a minimum of $50,000 through corporate sponsorships, advertisements and ticket sales.

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 is proud to present this event in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. For the past seven 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.

We respectfully urge you to get involved with this magnificent, tax-deductible, event which will promote awareness of educational issues and celebrate community contributions from local citizens.

Sphinx Educational Fund Board of Directors

Our Motto

Empowering Youth Through Education

Our History

The Sphinx Educational Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization founded by the Delta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. SEF originated from the desire by the Brothers of Delta Tau Lambda to have a vehicle that allowed them to raise money that they could in turn give back to the local community and The Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The success of SEF has grown year over year and the organization is continuing to look for new ways to assist the community to the betterment of all.

Our Mission

To raise and award scholarship money to help fund post secondary education for deserving minority youth here in Arizona and nationally.