APRO Education Foundation Scholarships

For more than a decade, APRO’s Education Foundation has annually provided scholarships to rent-to-own professionals and their families. APRO members have contributed generously to the association’s Scholarship Fund – awarding 325 scholarships totaling $759,000 to date – to help students connected with RTO pursue their college degrees.

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

The Process

Scholarship applicants submit their application packets to APRO, which passes them along to a panel of judges. The APRO Education Foundation uses a third-party, independent panel of educators, unaffiliated with APRO or its members, to review and score our annual scholarship applications. The panel reviews and scores each packet based on the criteria outlined by the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors, and reflected on the application.

Neither APRO staff nor the Charitable Foundation board of directors have any influence whatsoever upon which applicants receive scholarships.

Criteria and Submission Requirements

Scholarship applicants:

  • Must be either a rent-to-own employee or a son or daughter of a rent-to-own employee of a 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 a scholarship*; and
  • Must submit a narrative on how rent-to-own has made an impact on someone personally.**
  • Optional, but important: Submit reference letters from teachers, counselors, etc.

* This narrative must be original, must be a minimum of 400 words, must be titled, and every page must include the title, your name and the page number. Applications not fulfilling all requirements will be disqualified.

** This narrative must be original, must be a minimum of 400 words, must be titled, and every page must include the title, your name and the page number. Applications not fulfilling all requirements will be disqualified. If judges determine the applicant has copied any part of the narrative from a website or another document, i.e. plagiarized, the applicant will be disqualified.

APRO Scholarship Priorities

Your written narrative on why you deserve the scholarship – based on your Charitable/Civic/Extracurricular Activities, Financial Need and Academic Excellence – is the most important part of your application.

For guidance and examples, please review the stories of the 2016 recipients, beginning on page 6.

State Association Scholarships

Kansas Rental Dealers Association (KRDA)
The KRDA will award two $1,500 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 MRDA will award two $1,000 scholarships in recognition of APRO Former Executive Director Bill Keese’s Service to the RTO Industry. Applicants must be children of a MRDA-member company employee, manager level or lower. Please see submission requirements above.

Florida Rental Dealers Association (FRDA)
The FRDA will award $4,000 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 TRDA will award four $2,500 scholarships to TRDA-member employees or their children. Please select TRDA on the application. Please see submission requirements above.

If your company is a member of multiple associations, then you may select more than one sponsoring organization on the application.

APRO Scholarship Fund Donations

APRO always welcomes member contributions to the Education Foundation Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made here or in conjunction with payment of your annual APRO membership dues, and are tax-deductible. For more information about the APRO Education Foundation Scholarship Fund, please contact Tulisha Wendele at 800.204.2776, ext. 111.