2020 APRO Charitable Foundation Scholarship

For more than a decade, the APRO Charitable Foundation has annually provided scholarships to rent-to-own professionals and their families. APRO members have contributed generously to the APRO Scholarship Fund – awarding 357 scholarships totaling $830,750 to date – to help students connected with RTO pursue their college degrees.

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 as reflected on the application. APRO staff and the Charitable Foundation board of directors do not influence or determine who receives scholarships.

The APRO Scholarship Application is now online only. Paper applications will not be accepted.

The application process includes submitting all materials through the online application and completing a phone interview. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview in June.

Applicants selected for a 2020 APRO Charitable Foundation Scholarship will be contacted in July.

Criteria Requirements

Scholarship applicants must be either a rent-to-own employee or a child of a rent-to-own employee. The rent-to-own company must be a member in good standing of each association or group to which they apply.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on three key criteria:
1) Financial need
2) Academic merits
3) Charitable/civic/community involvement

Payment will be made in two installments, one in August 2020, and one after proof of Fall GPA of 3.0 or above for universities, or 2.5 or above for trade schools has been submitted.

Submission Requirements 

Applicants must submit their complete scholarship application through this online link.

Applications through other channels will not be accepted.

The deadline for the 2020 APRO Charitable Foundation Scholarship is June 15, 2020, by 5 PM CT. Online applications will be automatically time-stamped upon submission.

Once submitted, the application is final. Do not use the “Done” button until you have completed all of the application and uploaded all materials.

All scholarship questions can be directed to APRO at edu@rtohq.org.

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.

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 the submission requirements above.

Florida Rental Dealers Association (FRDA)

The Florida Rental Dealers Association (FRDA) will award one $1500 scholarship to FRDA member employees or their children. Please select FRDA on the application. Please see the submission requirements above.

Missouri Rental Dealers Association (MRDA)

The Missouri Rental Dealers Association (MRDA) will award one $1000 scholarship to MRDA member employees or their children. Please select MRDA on the application. Please see the submission requirements above.

Tennessee Rental Dealers Association (TRDA)

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

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

APRO Scholarship Fund Donations

APRO always welcomes member contributions to the APRO Charitable 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 Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund, please contact Tulisha Wendele at 800/204.2776, ext. 111.