2018 APRO Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients

APRO’s Education Foundation annually provides scholarships to rent-to-own professionals and their families. For a decade now, APRO members have contributed significantly to the Education Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, awarding 325 scholarships totaling $759,000 to help hundreds students associated with the RTO industry pursue a college degree.

The Process

Since 2015, the APRO Charitable Foundation has used a third-party, independent panel of educators to review and score our annual scholarship applications. The judges are unaffiliated with any directors of the foundation board, APRO staff or scholarship applicants.

Applications are sent to the judges who then read, review and score each applicant’s submitted materials based on the criteria outlined by the Foundation’s board of directors and reflected on the application. APRO staff and the Charitable Foundation Board of Directors do not influence or determine who receives scholarships.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 APRO Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients! Notifications have been sent to recipients via email and by mail.

Florida Rental Dealers Association

  • Caitlin Miller
  • Lillian Snyder

Kansas Rental Dealers Association

  • Alexie Bass
  • Taelyr Blehm

Missouri Rental Dealers Association

  • Braeden Westhusing

Tennessee Rental Dealers Association

  • Alexis Doroba
  • Benjamin Estep
  • Summer Ford
  • Hannah Hogan
  • Chandler Morel
  • Conner Morel

APRO

  • Jacob Adams
  • Haleigh Adams-Salaberrios
  • Alexie Bass
  • Sarah Bennett
  • Taryn Bilbrey
  • Taelyr Blehm
  • Nathan Carter
  • Nick Ceruzzi
  • Thomas Cleek
  • Mary Cleek
  • Brandon Collins
  • Benjamin Estep
  • Bailey Fischer
  • Summer Ford
  • Jarred Ford
  • Hannah Hogan
  • Zachary Hyden
  • Tyler Jackson
  • McKenzie Jacobs
  • Dave Jones
  • Jonathan Kube
  • Gabe Kurtzhals
  • Gabriel Little
  • Savannah McCauley
  • Cody McSwain
  • Caleb Mercer
  • Caitlin Miller
  • Natalie Miller
  • Javontay Moss
  • William Padua
  • Tej Patel
  • Cole Peterson
  • Michaela Peterson
  • Layne Richard
  • Conner Ryals
  • Madison Samples
  • Elyse Serrano
  • Marissa Shutt
  • Lillian Snyder
  • Hannah Tharp
  • Brandon Thorson
  • Angela Troisi
  • Myaicia Womack

 

Criteria and Submission Requirements

  • Must be either a rent-to-own employee or a son or daughter of a rent-to-own employee of company in good standing.
  • Must submit proof of a 3.0 or better, cumulative GPA from your high school or college.
  • Must submit proof that you have been accepted into an accredited college.
  • Must submit a narrative on why you deserve the scholarship.*
  • Must submit a narrative on how rent-to-own made an impact on someone personally.**
  • Optional but important: Reference letters from teachers, counselors, etc.

* The narrative must be titled along with your name and page number on every page of your narrative. The narrative must be a minimum of 400 words. Applications will be disqualified if these requirements are not met.

** The narrative must be titled along with your name and page number on every page of your narrative. The narrative must be a minimum of 400 words. Applications will be disqualified if these requirements are not met. This narrative must be original. If judges determine that any part was copied from a website or another document i.e. plagiarized, they will be disqualified.

Kansas, Missouri, Florida and Tennessee State Association Scholarships

Kansas Rental Dealers Association (KRDA)
The Kansas Rental Dealers Association (KRDA) will award two $1500 scholarships to KRDA member employees or their children. Please select KRDA on the application. Please see submission requirements above.

Missouri Rental Dealers Association (MRDA)
The Missouri Rental Dealers Association (MRDA) will award two $1000 scholarships in recognition of APRO’s Executive Director “Bill Keese’s Service to the RTO Industry”. Applicants must be children from a manager level or below of a MRDA member company. Please see submission requirements above.

Florida Rental Dealers Association (FRDA)
The Florida Rental Dealers Association (FRDA) will award $4000 worth of scholarships to FRDA member employees or their children. Please select FRDA on the application. Please see submission requirements above.

Tennessee Rental Dealers Association (TRDA)
The Tennessee Rental Dealers Association (TRDA) will be awarding four $2500 scholarships to TRDA member employees or their children. Please select TRDA on the application. Please see submission requirements above.

You may select more than one sponsoring group if your company is a member of multiple groups.

Priorities for APRO Scholarship Award:

Charitable/Civic/Extracurricular activities. Financial need. Academic Excellence. These types of activities are extremely important for the judging process. Your written narrative of why you deserve the scholarship, based on the priorities above, will be the most important part of your application. For guidance and examples, please review the stories of the 2016 recipients beginning on page 6.

Donate to the APRO Education Foundation’s Scholarship Fund

Member contributions are actively being sought and can be made here or in conjunction with the payment of annual APRO membership dues. Look to your dues billing on your APRO membership form to donate to this worthy cause. Donations are tax deductible. For more information about the APRO Education Foundation’s Society for Tomorrow, contact Tulisha Wendele at (800) 204-2776, ext. 111.