Since its inception, the FRSA Educational & Research Foundation has awarded more than $280,000 in scholarships. The Scholarship Program is available to assist FRSA members and their families, along with employees (and their families) of member companies.
Members, Employees and their families who plan to pursue post-secondary education in college or vocational programs on a full-time or part-time basis are eligible for the merit-based scholarships. The criteria for selecting scholarship recipients include but are not limited to: Academic achievement; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; education and career goals.
Congratulations to Our 2020 Scholarship Recipients!
Desiree Alfrey Desiree will attend Stetson University, focusing on Health Sciences. “Stetson University is a very expensive school. Receiving a scholarship will help fund my college tuition and rooming and enable me to graduate without debt.” Desiree’s parents are Walter and Renee Alfrey, Alfrey Roofing Inc., Melbourne.
Tyler Carey Tyler will attend Harvard University, focusing on Psychology and Neuroscience. “A scholarship will help me to further my education to be able to earn my PhD. I have dreams of one day being able to help people make changes to their lives. A scholarship will allow me to achieve my goals.” Tyler is the son of Brian and Susan Pratt, Furman Insurance, Pompano Beach.
Cody Fowler Cody will attend Stetson University, focusing on a Bachelor of Science degree. “A scholarship will allow me to continue my education at Stetson and receive my degree alongside my fellow classmates that have been my support system, without having to transfer to another school. I will maximize my college experience by expanding my volunteer opportunities and internships.” Cody’s parents are Tim and Teresa Fowler, Dal Mar Roofing Industries, Inc., South Daytona.
Ben Hellein Rob Springer Scholarship – Ben will attend Florida State University exploring Entrepreneurial Studies as well as data and research. “Receiving a scholarship allows me to better focus on my studies.” Ben’s parents are John Hellein, FRSA Educational Foundation Director, Orlando, and Robyn Toohey.
Benjamin Hepworth Trent Cotney Scholarship – Ben will attend the University of West Florida, focusing on Business Administration. “Receiving a scholarship will allow me to focus on pursing a degree while accruing less financial burden and debt. I would like to be financially independent from my parents and a scholarship will assist me as I transition to this next stage.” Ben’s parents are Randy and Kim Hepworth and his immediate family includes Grandfather FRSA Past President Bob Purdy, CPRC and Uncle FRSA President Adam Purdy, CPRC, Edwards Roofing Co. Inc., Pensacola.
Olivia Hepworth Austin Ebersold Memorial Scholarship – Olivia will attend the University of Southern Mississippi, focusing on Public Health Administration. “Receiving a scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies and volleyball while I continue to pursue my education independent from my parents’ financial support or having to take out loans.” Olivia’s parents are Randy and Kim Hepworth and her immediate family includes Grandfather FRSA Past President Bob Purdy, CPRC and Uncle FRSA President Adam Purdy, CPRC, Edwards Roofing Co. Inc., Pensacola.
Rosezetta Johnson Rosezetta will attend the University of Ft. Lauderdale, focusing on a Bachelor of Theology and Ministry degree. “A scholarship will be a big help to pay for at least one year of tuition towards my degree program.” Rosezetta works for Advanced Roofing, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, and is the daughter of Ann Marie Longmore.
Gabriella Masso Gabriella will attend Florida Atlantic University, focusing on Architecture. “I have never been more passionate about learning than I am now in my second year of Architecture school. Not only will a scholarship help aid the cost of tuition, but it will give me more time to focus on my educational goals, rather than working in order to pay for it.” Gabriella’s parents are Alfredo Massó, Boundless Builders, Pompano Beach, and Jeannette Massó, GP Strategies, Dallas.
Alex Robinson Alex will attend Florida Atlantic University, focusing on Business with an emphasis on Finance and Management. “A scholarship will be a tremendous help in offsetting the financial burden of going to college. It will allow me to focus my energy on studying and my degree and to relieve some of the financial stress of earning a Master’s degree.” Alex’s parents are Richard and Lori Robinson, Crown Roofing, Sarasota.
Ashley Sexton Ashley will attend Kirtland Community College focusing on Design and Construction. “A scholarship will provide me assistance for rent, food and tuition for school.” Ashley’s parents are Bob and Cheryl Mahoney, B & Z Custom Sheet Metal, Inc., Orlando. Bob is also an FRSA Past President.
Alyssa Sims Alyssa will attend St. Johns River State College, focusing on Respiratory Care. “I’m trying to pay for as much of my education as possible. Receiving a scholarship and working are the main ways for me to continue.” Alyssa’s parents are Gina and Les Sims, CPRC, FRSA Secretary-Treasurer, Armstrong Roofing Inc., San Mateo, and her Grandfather is FRSA Past President Terry Turner, CPRC.
Leslie Sims Leslie will attend Stetson University, focusing on Construction Law and Political Science. “Stetson University is a very expensive private school and a scholarship will help me pay for books and housing, so I won’t have to take out student loans.” Leslie’s parents are Gina and Les Sims, CPRC, FRSA Secretary-Treasurer, Armstrong Roofing Inc., San Mateo, and her Grandfather is FRSA Past President Terry Turner, CPRC.
Luke Stersic Luke will attend Florida State University, focusing on Criminology. “Money from a scholarship will help me pay for college expenses from tuition to rent. I am one of four children and there will be two of us in college at the same time, so I’m trying to contribute toward the expense.” Luke’s parents are Chris and Lisa Stersic and his immediate family includes Grandfather FRSA Past President Bob Purdy, CPRC and Uncle FRSA President Adam Purdy, CPRC, Edwards Roofing Co. Inc., Pensacola.
Matthew Stersic Matthew will attend the University of Mississippi, focusing on Accounting and Economics. “I have other siblings that are or will be attending college within the next five years and a scholarship will assist me with the significant costs of going to college out of state. I’m taking additional courses working toward a double major and plan on attending law school.” Matthew’s parents are Chris and Lisa Stersic and his immediate family includes Grandfather FRSA Past President Bob Purdy, CPRC and Uncle FRSA President Adam Purdy, CPRC, Edwards Roofing Co. Inc., Pensacola.
Christina Ufland Tom Walker Scholarship – Christina will attend Florida Gulf Coast University focusing on Environmental Studies. “Receiving a scholarship would have a huge impact on my life. I’ve been accepted into my dream school and the only worry I have is financial. This school is far from home, so I will need housing on campus. A scholarship would allow me to continue my education without a lifetime of debt.” Christina’s parents are Chris and Susan Lee, FRSA Credit Union, Orlando, and John Ufland.
We love hearing from our past scholarship recipients about how the FRSA Educational & Research Foundation scholarship has impacted their lives:
"I was a scholarship recipient for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. I wanted to reach out to FRSA and thank them for all the support throughout my college career and wanted to let everyone know that I am now working as a claims adjuster for Olympus Insurance and handling their roofing claims. I never expected to get into the insurance field but once I started interning in the homeowner's unit, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I owe a large amount of my success in this field thus far, to the influences and the support of the FRSA." - Elizabeth Wieland
"First and foremost, it is such a great honor to be involved with an organization that places such a priority on the roofing industry's future. With two scholarships from the Educational and Research Foundation, I have been able to meet and excel in my academic career and goals.” - Taylor Kennedy
"The FRSA Educational and Research Foundation’s acceptance of all ages made it possible for me to attend Mary Baldwin College at 14 years old. The generosity and support of the FRSA Educational Foundation has helped me to grow in immeasurable ways as a student at Mary Baldwin College." - Allie Brown
If you have questions about the scholarship program or application, please contact John Hellein at 800-767-3772, ext. 123 or email@example.com.
FRSA members, employees, and their families who plan to pursue post -secondary education in college or vocational programs on a full-time or part-time basis are eligible for the merit-based scholarships.
The criteria for selecting scholarship recipients include but are not limited to:
Leadership in school and community
Education and career goals
Scholarship recipients will receive funding for full-time study at an accredited post-secondary institution. Scholarship amounts will range from $1,000-$2,500. The amount awarded and number of scholarships distributed is based on funding available in any given year. Previous award recipients may reapply as long as they have maintained a 3.0 GPA (or the equivalent). Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.
Interested students must complete a scholarship application for either the undergraduate/ graduate studies program or the vocational/technical school program. Completed applications and all required materials (official transcripts, letter of recommendation) must be received by or on the deadline date of March 31, 2019. Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Since applicants are evaluated on the information supplied, questions must be answered as completely as possible. All information received will be kept confidential.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
Application must include official transcript(s) and letter of recommendation.
Awards will be announced and recipients will be notified by June 2020.
Awards will be distributed at the FRSA Annual Convention.
Scholarship funds may be used for educational expenses including tuition, books and materials.