Win Up to $10,000 in College Scholarship Awards

6 02 2007

Attention Florida high school seniors: Time is running out for you to win up to $10,000 to help pay for college tuition next year. Better start writing – there’s only a month left until the March 2, 2007 deadline to enter the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR) 2006-2007 Scholarship/Essay Contest for High School Seniors, which offers a total of $106,000 in scholarship funding.

Students must write a typed, double-spaced essay, 500 words or less, on the topic, “How Does a Realtor® Professional Benefit the Community?” This topic gives students a wide range of real estate professional fields to write about, including residential brokerage, commercial brokerage, industrial and office brokerage, farm and land brokerage, real estate appraising, property management, land development and real estate counseling, to name just a few of the specialties.

Now in its seventh year, FAR’s scholarship program benefits students from across the state, with prize money going to the first-, second- and third-place essays in each of the Association’s 13 districts in the state. Students turning in the top district-winning essays will each win a $5,000 scholarship prize while the second-place entries will each receive a $1,500 scholarship award. For the first time this year, students will be recognized for winning third in each district with a $500 scholarship award. The 13 district-winning essays then compete to win three $5,000 FAR scholarships on the statewide level, for a total of $106,000 in scholarship awards. All essays, along with an official Essay Cover Form, must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2007, and mailed to the Florida Association of Realtors, 7025 Augusta National Drive, P.O. Box 725025, Orlando, FL, 32872-5025.

“Our successful scholarship program is just one example of how the Florida Association of Realtors® looks into the future,” says 2007 FAR President Nancy Riley. “Tomorrow’s Florida depends on the youth of today realizing their dreams of a higher education and we are proud to have a part in making that dream come true.”

FAR’s statewide scholarship awards program is open only to high school seniors who reside in the state of Florida and plan on continuing their education at a college, university, technical school or other institution of higher learning. Children whose parents or guardians are licensed real estate practitioners are not eligible for contest entry; nor are children whose parents or guardians are employed by any local Realtor board/association or by the Florida Association of Realtors®.

Scholarship contest rules and the official essay cover form are available at public and private senior high school guidance offices throughout the state. Or students, parents, teachers – anyone – can go to FAR’s Media Center Web site, ( to download the required essay cover form, list of FAR District Vice Presidents and other scholarship/essay contest materials.

The Florida Association of Realtors, the voice for real estate in Florida, provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 170,000 members in 68 boards/associations.

Source: Florida Association of REALTORS®



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