ORLANDO, Fla. — In communities across Florida, 126 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 — 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 $156,000 in scholarships to help pay for higher education expenses for 126 deserving young people in the 2015-2016 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.

“Now in its sixth year, the Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program has helped 547 deserving young people continue their education and realize their dreams for the future,” said Tina Harris, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “We feel privileged to help provide much-needed financial support to families struggling to pay for their children’s college education. These student scholarships are one way that Realtors across the state give back to the community.”

Florida Realtors has awarded a total of $980,300 in scholarship funding through this, the program’s sixth year, which helped 547 students go to college or university, Harris said.

Scholarship recipients are enrolled at institutions of higher learning throughout the state, such as Florida State University, the FSU College of Law, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Miami, Florida International University, University of North Florida, Pensacola State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of South Florida 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.

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 140,000 members in 58 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

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SOURCE: Florida Realtors


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