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Winter Park, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2017) — Renowned Central Florida hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen has partnered with Rollins College to offer three full college scholarships to Tangelo Park and Parramore students.
Rosen is expanding on the successful model he created to help students from Orlando’s traditionally under-served Tangelo Park and Parramore neighborhoods attain their dreams of achieving a college education debt-free. The Rollins partnership provides that three students annually combined from Tangelo Park and Parramore will receive full scholarships to attend Rollins College, a private liberal arts college in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park. The first recipients of the program will enroll at Rollins in Fall 2018.
“The Rollins College community is honored to partner with Harris Rosen and the Tangelo Park and Parramore communities to make the Rollins experience available to hard-working students who desire and deserve the opportunity of a great liberal arts education,” said Rollins College President Grant H. Cornwell. “We are thrilled to be a part of an outstanding program, and we look forward to a long partnership that will produce great benefits for two important communities.”
For the last 25 years in Tangelo Park, and the last two years in Parramore, Rosen has partnered with local community organizations and Florida public colleges and universities to assist students from those neighborhoods to attend and graduate college. He provides scholarship funding that includes tuition, room, board and books and collaborates with community organizations to ensure the students receive the mentoring and other support they need to help them succeed. The new agreement adds Rollins College to the college or university options from which the students whom Rosen supports can choose.
“We’re incredibly appreciative of this new partnership with Rollins College, a highly-acclaimed learning institution in our own backyard,” said Rosen Hotels & Resorts® President Harris Rosen. “This new program now broadens the scope of opportunities available for these deserving students and will provide an education that will most assuredly prepare them for life-long success and foster a spirit of contributing to society.”
Studies have shown that low-income students who attend more selective colleges such as Rollins have higher rates of retention and graduation than those who attend less selective institutions. The Rollins College mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership means that students from Tangelo Park and Parramore not only will have opportunities to attain an outstanding Rollins education, but also will have increased chances of becoming leaders who will give back to their communities.
Under the agreement between The Harris Rosen Foundation and Rollins College, Rosen will fund the remainder of participating students’ costs of attendance at Rollins after the College applies available federal, state, and internal financial aid dollars. The students will take advantage of existing mentoring and other non-financial support in The Harris Rosen Foundation’s Tangelo Park and Parramore scholarship programs, in addition to experiencing the world-class academic preparation, career planning, and other support services at Rollins.
Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest college. Located in Winter Park, near Orlando, Rollins is consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to full-time undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, Rollins offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults through its evening program at the Hamilton Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer Graduate School of Business, which has been ranked a top MBA program by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek. Rollins serves approximately 3,200 degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts®
For more than 43 years, Harris Rosen, President & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts®, has been committed to providing outstanding value and service to guests at his nine Orlando hotels. The award-winning collection features three convention properties and six leisure hotels, which when combined provide 6,694 guestrooms, 700,000 square feet of meeting space, an 18-hole championship golf course, two spas and numerous restaurants. Through The Harris Rosen Foundation, Rosen has funded the building of a new school in Haiti, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, (ranked a top hospitality school by CEO Magazine), the Jack and Lee Rosen JCC and has provided hundreds of college scholarships through his Tangelo Park and Parramore programs and to Rosen College students and his own associates and dependents. For more information, visit RosenHotels.com.