ORLANDO, Fla., June 9, 2014 – In communities across Florida, 112 young people are getting phone calls of congratulations and finding out that “the check is in the mail.” Why? These students — high school graduates about to enter their first year of college and others already enrolled in a college or university — recently were notified they received scholarships through the Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc.
A not-for-profit corporation established by the state Realtor association, the Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc. provides real estate-related educational scholarships and grants. The Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded $150,000 in scholarships to help pay for higher education expenses for 112 deserving young people in the 2014-2015 school year. All recipients are Florida residents and will be attending community colleges, four-year universities, graduate programs or law schools both in-state and out-of-state. Many students wish to pursue careers in real estate.
“The Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program is in its fifth year, and during this time, we have been able to help 421 deserving young people continue their education and plan for a better future,” said Tina Harris, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “These student scholarships are one way that Realtors across the state give back to the community. We feel privileged to help provide much-needed financial support to families struggling to pay for their children’s college dreams. It’s our investment in Florida’s future.”
Through the program’s fifth year, Florida Realtors has awarded a total of $824,300 in scholarship funding, which helped 421 students go to college or university by, Harris said.
Scholarship recipients are enrolled at institutions of higher learning throughout the state, such as Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, University of Miami, Eckerd College, Daytona State College, University of South Florida and Florida Southern College, as well as Baylor University in Texas and other colleges throughout the U.S. A variety of criteria was considered for successful applicants including: academic achievements, financial need, relationship to the Realtor family and contributions to family, school and community.