Toronto Real Estate Board

Toronto Real Estate Board

February 28, 2008 10:42 ET

Toronto Real Estate Board REALTORS® Offer Scholarships

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - As graduating high school students throughout the Greater Toronto Area plan the next step in their educational careers this spring, Toronto Real Estate Board REALTORS® will help set two promising young people along their chosen paths.

Based on a 500-word essay-writing contest on the negative effects of marijuana grow operations, and changes to building practices to compensate for global warming, TREB will award two graduating high school students $5,000 each for the upcoming school year at a post secondary institution of their choice.

The scholarships, which TREB established in 2007, were awarded last year to high school students Rachel Johnston of University of Toronto Schools and Adam Kahn of Thornhill Secondary School. Their topics dealt with enshrining property rights in the Canadian constitution and the environmentally friendly home of the future.

Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O'Neill explains that since real estate professionals must regularly meet continuing education requirements to maintain registration under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, establishing a scholarship fund was a natural step for the organization, which serves more than 27,000 REALTOR® Members in the Greater Toronto Area.

"As real estate professionals we demonstrate our commitment to continuing education on an annual basis," said Ms. O'Neill. "These scholarships re-affirm the importance that Toronto Real Estate Board REALTORS® place on higher learning."

Application packages have been sent to public and separate high school principals throughout the GTA.

This year's essay topic choices are:

1. How does a Marijuana Grow Operation/Illegal Chemical Lab, operating either residentially or commercially, impact the broader community?

2. What specific modifications would you make to Ontario building practices (residentially and/or commercially) to compensate for the effects of global warming and extreme weather conditions?

Ms. O'Neill says the scholarships also demonstrate REALTORS®' commitment to the future of communities in which they work and live.

"There are many young people in the GTA who have tremendous potential but lack the opportunity for education due to economic circumstances," said Ms. O'Neill. "We are very pleased to offer this support because we believe education is the foundation on which to build our country's future."

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2008 and can be obtained by clicking on a "scholarship" banner link on the home page of

Interested students can also speak to their principal or guidance counsellor for further scholarship requirement details.

Toronto REALTORS® are passionate about their work. They adhere to a strict code of ethics and share a state-of-the-art Multiple Listing Service. Serving over 27,000 Members in the Greater Toronto Area, the Toronto Real Estate Board is Canada's largest real estate board. Greater Toronto Area open house listings are now available on

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