ORLANDO, Fla., May 24, 2016 – Hearing “the check is in the mail,” is welcome news to 139 well-deserving young people who live in communities across Florida. Why? These students — high school graduates about to enter their first year of college and others already enrolled in a college or university — have 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. The Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded $160,000 in scholarships to help pay for higher education expenses for 139 deserving young people in the 2016-2017 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. Some students wish to pursue careers in real estate.
“Now in its seventh year, the Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program has helped 686 deserving young people continue their education and realize their dreams for the future,” said Gary Verwilt, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “These student scholarships are one way that Realtors across the state give back to the community. We’re proud to be able to provide much-needed financial support to families struggling to pay for their children’s college dreams. It’s our investment in the future.”
Since the program’s inception, Florida Realtors has awarded a total of $1,140,300 in scholarship funding, which helped 686 students go to college or university, Verwilt 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, University of Miami, Florida International University, University of North Florida, Flagler College, the University of South Florida, as well as other colleges throughout the U.S., including Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, The Citadel, University of Pennsylvania, University of Alabama and the George Washington University School of Law. 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.