Jessica Buffman, an 18-year-old from Margate who graduated in June 2004 from Atlantic City High School, got hooked up with the New Jersey Association of Realtors Educational Foundation Scholarship Program and was awarded $1,250. Jessica's stepdad, a real estate agent in Cape May County, found out about the program a couple of years ago. It's open to realtors and their immediate relatives, but the applicant doesn't have to go into the real estate field. The student just has to be enrolled in a post-high school educational institution such as a community college or a university.
"I was interviewed and had to answer some questions about my career goals, my extracurricular activities. I basically had to talk about why I deserve the scholarship," recalls Jessica, who just started at the University of Maryland where she wants to major in broadcast journalism. "I guess it helps that I was involved in some outside activities." Jessica was the president of her school's chapter of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) and vice-president of the Key Club, which provides a range of community services. She also found time to do an internship at a local radio station.
Jessica adds that although the money wasn't a make-or-break factor in choosing a school, "It definitely helps to pay for my books and some other expenses."
New Jersey Association of Realtors Educational Foundation Phone: (732) 494-4705