Lauderhill Point Apartments celebrates resident scholars
Four students awarded scholarships from The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation
Submitted by Doris Paschall
LAUDERHIIL, FL–Four aspiring scholars will be heading off to school this fall with a little help from their friends at Lauderhill Point Apartment. Ralph Charles, Rondy Desravines, Stanina Belizaire and Janetta Edward all residents of Lauderhill Point Apartments have been awarded scholarships by the educational foundation affiliated with the community’s property management company, Interstate Realty Management. The grants, which range from $1,000 to $3,000 each, can be used to defray tuition costs at any accredited college, university, or vocational training program in the country.
“We are very proud to be able to give back to the communities where we own and manage properties in this very tangible way,” said Mark Morgan, president of the Interstate Realty Management Company.
Lauderhill Point Apartments is an exciting, revitalized residential community offering affordable housing to over 600 residents of Broward County, Florida. Ralph, Rondy, Stanina and Janetta are residents that are determined to make a difference.
Ralph Charles, three times Michael’s Scholarship recipient is in his third year of Engineering at Broward College. However, he will be transferring this Fall to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to complete his studies.
Randy Desravines, a two time Michael’s Scholarship recipient attends Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Education Program. Randy works with Lauderhill Point Apartments Summer Camp and volunteers her time to tutor kids for FLAT when she is not in school.
Stanina Belizaire is a first time Michael’s Scholarship recipient who attends Berry University, Nursing Program. Stanina is very active in her church and does missionary work in her Country Haiti.
Janetta Edward, is a second time Michael’s Scholarship recipient who attends Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Janetta aspires to become a veterinarian.
Lauderhill Point Apartments will celebrate the accomplishments of these Michaels Scholarship recipients by having a graduation ceremony on August 24. This will be done in conjunction with Lauderhill Point Apartments’ National Night Out.
The Michaels Organization’s Chairman and CEO Michael J. Levitt created the non-profit Michaels Organization Educational Foundation in 1991. Since then, the foundation has distributed more than $3.1 million in educational grants to more than 1,500 residents at properties owned or managed by companies of The Michaels Organization.
“Mike Levitt and his wife Pat, who match every dollar raised through private donations two-to-one, are strong believers that education is the key to succeeding in life, and they are delighted to have this opportunity to help students pursue their dreams,” said Morgan.
To qualify, an applicant must be a high school graduate or have earned a GED with a grade point average of 2.5; college students must maintain a grade point aver-age of 2.3. Independent educational consultant, Bruce W. Johnson, Ed.D., who has been involved with the program since its inception, reviews all applications.
Dr. Johnson also assists recipients by providing them with information about government-sponsored financial aid programs, for which they may be eligible. Scholarship winners can reapply for continuing grants each year that they meet the criteria.
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