Florida REALTORSÂ® recently opened the application window for its Student Scholarship Program offered through Florida REALTORSÂ®Â Education Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that provides real estate-related educational scholarships. The application deadline for this year’s program isÂ March 11, 2021, at noon.
“This year is the 12thÂ year for Florida REALTORSÂ®’ Student Scholarships Program, which continues to be a strong and successful outreach program,” saidÂ Brenda Fioretti, chairman of Florida REALTORSÂ® Education Foundation Inc. “Since it began, Florida REALTORSÂ® has awarded more thanÂ $1.7 millionÂ to help young people across FloridaÂ realize their college dreams. It’s a privilege to be able to provide much-needed financial support to so many young people and to invest in their futures. This is one way that the state association and our REALTORÂ® members give back to our communities.”
Since its inception, Florida REALTORSÂ® has awarded a total ofÂ $1,739,400Â in scholarship funding, which has helped 1,189 students go to a college or university.
This student scholarship program is open and available to students whose parents are REALTORSÂ® or licensed real estate practitioners, or whose parents are employed by any local REALTORÂ® board/association or by Florida REALTORSÂ®, as well as anyÂ FloridaÂ 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 on Florida REALTORSÂ®’ website atÂ https://www.floridarealtors.org/about/scholarships.
Who can apply for the scholarships? AnyÂ FloridaÂ 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, as long as the applicant indicates the intent to return to work inÂ FloridaÂ after graduation. Proof of the student’s legalÂ FloridaÂ residency is required, however.
As part of the application process, students must do the following:
– Complete the online application (including a paragraph or two about how the scholarship might help them in their career)
– Upload aÂ FloridaÂ driver’s license or government ID to proveÂ FloridaÂ residency
– Upload transcripts from the last three years of school
– Provide three reference letters on school letterhead (one letter can be a personal reference but the other two must be from teachers, coaches or school administrators)
– Upload the acceptance letter from one or more colleges where the student plans to attend in fall 2021
Scholarships start atÂ $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 the following: academic achievements, financial need, relationship to the REALTORÂ® 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.
The Florida REALTORSÂ® Education Foundation Scholarship application isÂ onlyÂ available online. Please note that applications mayÂ notÂ be mailed or faxed in for this scholarship. Only the applications submitted through this website will be eligible for review.
Find the application form and check out FAQs onÂ Florida REALTORSÂ®’ member website’s scholarships page.