ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16, 2014 – 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 that provides real estate-related educational scholarships. But act fast: The application deadline for this year’s program is Feb. 28, 2014.
“This year is the fifth anniversary of the Foundation’s Student Scholarship Program,” says Dick Fryer, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “Florida Realtors and our Realtor members across the state take great pride in helping these young people realize their college dreams. It’s a privilege to be able to invest in their future and know that we’re also investing in the future of our communities and our state.”
Since its inception, the program has helped 368 students achieve their college goals through $674,300 in scholarship funding, Fryer 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 at 5 p.m. to fill out the online application for the Florida Realtors Education Foundation’s student scholarship program. To find the application form and check out FAQs, go to: www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/Scholarships/index.cfm
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 127,000 members in 61 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.