ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 14, 2013 – Do you have kids currently in college, or maybe one who is about to graduate high school? Are they interested in a possible real estate-related career? Then find out more about the Student Scholarship Program offered through Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit corporation established to provide real estate-related educational scholarships and grants. But act fast: The application deadline for this year’s program is Feb. 28, 2013.
“Florida Realtors and our Realtor members across the state are proud of our student scholarship program,” said Phyllis Choy, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “Investing in these young people is a great way to give back to our communities and to invest in Florida’s future. Being able to provide much-needed financial support to families struggling to pay for their children’s college dreams through Florida Realtors Education Foundation scholarships is truly a privilege.”
The program has awarded more than $400,000 through 270 scholarships over the past three years, Choy said.
This student scholarship program is open and available to students whose parents are Realtors or are licensed real estate practitioners, or whose parents are employed by any local Realtor board/association or by the Florida Realtors, as well as any Florida student currently enrolled at a school (including home-schooled students or those attending a charter school.) It is based on an application form, which can be found at http://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/Scholarships/index.cfm.
Who can apply for the new program? Any Florida high school senior who will be attending an undergraduate college or university; any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university (any major); or any student pursuing a graduate degree is eligible. There are no limitations as to location of the college or university attended provided the applicant indicates the intent to return to work in Florida after graduation. Proof of the student’s legal Florida residency is required, however.
Scholarships start at $1,000; the number of scholarships and dollar amounts awarded may vary each year and are determined by the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. Criteria to be considered include, but aren’t limited to: academic achievements, financial need, relationship to the Realtor family, and contributions to family, school and community. The Foundation’s Board of Directors has “sole and absolute discretion” over all decisions as to whether an applicant qualifies.
Remember, you have until Feb. 28 to fill out an application for the Florida Realtors Education Foundation’s student scholarship program. To download the application form and check out FAQs, go to: www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/Scholarships/index.cfm