ORLANDO, Fla., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen talented seniors from public and private high schools across the state each have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship as district winners of the Florida Realtors® 2010-2011 Scholarship Essay Contest for High School Seniors.
The scholarship program helps deserving young people achieve their goals in college, and all seniors are eligible except for immediate family members of a Realtor, of a person with a real estate license or of a Realtor association's staff. The top winning essays from the state association's 13 districts across Florida now compete to win one of three $5,000 state-level scholarships. Scholarships from Florida Realtors this year total $28,000.
First-place winners of Florida Realtors $1,000 scholarship
Michael Nicholas Nahirny, Crescent City, Mantanzas High School
Kaylee Kohfeldt, Melbourne, Melbourne High School
Max Scheiber, Boca Raton, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Antony Rivera, Key West, Key West High School
Mary-Ruth Traver, Ave Maria, Rhodora J. Donahue Academy
Jillian Rossi, New Port Richey, Clearwater Central Catholic High School
Mikayla Boguiski, Brooksville, F.W. Springstead High School
Nadirah Tavernier, Tallahassee, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Developmental Research School
Haley Bookout, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Catholic High School
Jamie Brianne Bird, Winter Haven, Lake Region High School
Andreen Patterson, Lauderdale Lakes, Pompano Beach High School
Allison Tate-Cortese, Winter Springs, Oviedo High School
Alexis Anne Osborn, Venice, Venice High School
"Our successful scholarship essay contest is just one example of how Florida Realtors looks to the future," says 2011 Florida Realtors® President Patricia Fitzgerald, manager/broker-associate with Illustrated Properties in Hobe Sound and Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. "Investing in our children is a great way to build a better future for all of us. We feel privileged to help these deserving young people continue their education and start them on their path to success."
A number of community leaders, media representatives, educators, business executives and Realtors from across the state volunteered their time and expertise to serve as judges for the district-level essay competition. The first-place district-winning essays — written on the topic, "How Does a Realtor Professional Benefit the Community?" — will be reviewed by a state panel of judges, who will select the top three state grand prize winners. State scholarship winners will be announced during Florida Realtors 2011 Convention & Trade Expo held Aug. 24-28 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.
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 64 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.