Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Awards $173,500 in Scholarships

Florida Realtors<sup>®</sup> Education Foundation Awards $173,500 in Scholarships

ORLANDO, Fla., June 12, 2012 — Hearing “the check is in the mail,” is welcome news for 120 well-deserving young people who live in communities across Florida. Why? Because 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 $173,500 in scholarships to help pay for higher education expenses for 120 deserving young people in the 2012-2013 school year. All recipients are Florida residents and will be attending community colleges, four-year universities, graduate programs or law schools. Many students wish to pursue careers in real estate.

“With this year’s awards, Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program will have helped 270 deserving young people continue their education and plan for a better future,” said Chuck Bonfiglio Jr., chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “These student scholarships are one way that Realtors across the state give back to the community. We are 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.”

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, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, University of South Florida, University of West Florida and Stetson University, as well as other colleges. 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.

Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 115,000 members in 63 boards/associations.

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