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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Florida Realtors offers a total of $28,000 in scholarship awards!
ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 2, 2009 –

Spread the word to clients, friends and neighbors:
Florida Realtors® is offering Florida high school seniors a chance to win up to $6,000 in scholarship funding through its 2009-10 Scholarship/Essay Contest.

Entering the contest is easy. Students write a typed, double-spaced essay – 500 words or less – on the topic, “How Does a Realtor Professional Benefit the Community?” This topic allows students the freedom to write about the wide range of Realtor professionals who work in a variety of fields, 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 general specialties. Or essays may address such points as the benefits of homeownership to society, or to families on a personal level, or how the selling of commercial real estate encourages economic growth.

“This year marks a milestone for Florida Realtors’ scholarship/essay contest – for 10 years now, we have helped deserving young people realize their dreams of a college education,” says 2010 Florida Realtors® President Wendell Davis, a broker and regional vice president with Watson Realty Corp. in Jacksonville. “Our successful scholarship program is just one way that Florida Realtors give back to their communities. It is a privilege to make a difference in the lives of our youth by investing in their future. After all, a better future for our children is a better future for all of us.”

Florida Realtors’ scholarship program benefits students from across the state, with first-place winners honored in each of the association’s 13 districts in the state. Students turning in the top district-winning essays will each receive a $1,000 scholarship award. The 13 district-winning essays will go on to compete to win three $5,000 Florida Realtors scholarships on the statewide level, for a total of $28,000 in scholarship awards. All essays, along with an official Essay Cover Form, must be postmarked before or on Feb. 8, 2010, and mailed to the Florida Realtors, 7025 Augusta National Drive, P.O. Box 725025, Orlando, FL 32872-5025.

Check with the high school guidance office to obtain an application kit and essay cover form for Florida Realtors’ 2009-2010 Scholarship/Essay Contest for High School Seniors. Or go to Florida Realtors’ Media Center website, (http://media.floridarealtors.org) to download all of the scholarship/essay contest materials. Florida Realtors’ 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. The college or institution of higher learning does not have to be located within the state of Florida. Children whose parents are licensed real estate practitioners are not eligible for contest entry; nor are children whose parents are employed by any local Realtor board/association or by the Florida Realtors. (© 2009 Florida Realtors)

If your high school senior is planning to write an essay for the scholarship, have him/her call me with any questions or to interview me. I look forward to talking to each of you! Kelly Reark 941-268-7876

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