The APRO Education Foundation is now accepting applicants for its 2019 scholarship season. Now in its second decade, the program provides opportunities for rent-to-own professionals and their families to attend college. Trevor Dobbs, a three-time scholarship recipient, is not only a first-generation high school graduate but as of May 2019, he is a first-generation college graduate as well. While pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri, Trevor filled his time in college with campus activities, study-abroad programs, and student government positions.
Currently, Trevor is a content writer for The Current newspaper, a marketing agent at the startup, ShiftSmart, and tutors online for Chegg Inc. Dobbs plans to pursue a graduate degree in public administration at Erasmus University, the top-ranked public administration program in the Netherlands, in the fall. The program incorporates elements of business, finance, economics, international relations, political science, and law.
Dobbs credits the APRO Education Foundation for helping him achieve his success thus far. “I would not have been able to make all of this happen without the help of APRO and the RTO community,” says Dobbs, son of Thomas Dobbs, who has worked for the industry for almost a decade.
Dobbs’ story is just one of the dozens that generous donations from the RTO community makes possible. For more than a decade, APRO’s Education Foundation has annually provided scholarships to rent-to-own professionals and their families and the time to apply is now. 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. The deadline to apply is this Friday at 5:00 p.m.