GBREB Foundation raises record amount for
student scholarships in 2017
On June 2, 2017, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board Foundation held its annual scholarship breakfast where almost 50 college scholarships were awarded to students from the Greater Boston area. The scholarships are “Last Dollar In,” scholarships designed to complement and provide additional resources to a student without affecting the financial aid they receive from their school.
Ron Druker was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his passionate commitment to education, the arts and improving the quality of life for people in the Greater Boston area. John Barros, the Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston was honored as a “First One,” which an award is recognizing that he was the first person in his family to attend college. In addition, 15 students received summer internships in the real estate field at a host of commercial and residential real estate companies in Boston.
The Greater Boston Real Estate Board Scholarship
Fund was established in 2012 with the goal of helping economically
disadvantaged young people attend and graduate from college by providing
them with scholarship assistance and financial aid counseling. In order
to accomplish their mission, GBREB partnered with uAspire, a
Boston-based organization that has been helping students from low-income
families find an affordable path to a postsecondary education since
Now in its fifth year, the GBREB Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in
'last dollar' scholarships that are granted for the purpose of filling
the gap between students' financial aid and the costs of college beyond
tuition – such as room and board, computers, books and supplies
to graduating seniors in the Greater Boston area.
Scholarships of $1,000-$5,000 are awarded to students each spring based
on financial need, academic achievement, leadership, extra-curricular
involvement, and short written essays, and are guaranteed for two years.
These scholarships can sometimes be the determining factor as to
whether or not a low-income student will attend college.
The GBREB Foundation Scholarship Fund Leadership Breakfast, first held
in 2015, was envisioned as a way to honor the students receiving the
GBREB Foundation scholarship awards as well as the donors who
contributed to the fund. Now held annually, the breakfast simultaneously
recognizes Massachusetts business, government, education, nonprofit and
community leaders with the uAspire First One Award, given to those
individuals who were the first in their families to graduate from
college and make noteworthy contributions to their field and society at