Florida Realtors® Calls for Student Scholarship Program Applications


ORLANDO, FL – January 14, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — 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, 2011.

“In these challenging economic times, many young people are worried about how they’re going to continue their education and make plans for a better future,” says Patti Ketcham, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “Our education foundation’s 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.”

This student scholarship program, unlike Florida Realtors’ longstanding scholarship/essay contest, is also 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 student currently enrolled at a Florida 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; or any student pursuing a graduate degree is eligible.

Scholarships are up to $2,000 for students attending a two-year college, and up to $4,000 for students attending a four-year college or university. 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 guidelines, procedures and application form, go to: http://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 115,000 members in 67 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

Marla Martin, Communications Manager, or Jeff Zipper, Vice President of Communications 407/438-1400, ext. 2326 or 2314


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