2018 Scholarship Application Information

Call for entries for APRO 2018 Scholarship Applications

Attention APRO Rent-to-Own Employees and Children of Employees:

The APRO Scholarship Foundation is now accepting applications for college scholarships. APRO members have pledged more than $100,000 through the Society for Tomorrow to award scholarships to deserving rent-to-own employee students and their children. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. CT on June 15th, 2018.

To apply, students must complete an application and submit proof that they have been accepted into an accredited university, have a 3.0 GPA or better, and submit an essay on why they deserve the scholarship based on three key criteria: 1) charitable or civic/community involvement, 2) Academic merits and 3) Financial need. Students are also required to submit an essay on how rent-to-own has made an impact on someone personally.

Please make sure to review and complete the full submission requirements prior to applying

Click here to download the 2018 APRO Education Foundation Scholarship application. For more information, contact APRO Member Services Coordinator, Bridget Marotz.

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.

** 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 one $1000 scholarship in recognition of APRO’s former 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.