When much of the news that hits the media about manufactured housing seems from the industry perspective to be biased or negative, it is refreshing when good news about the industry hits the ‘news wires.’
In February, MHProNews brought you information straight from First State Manufactured Housing Association (FSMHA) in Delaware about their $1,000 scholarship.
Their scholarship program has been one ways they like to “give back” to the community since 1999.
Since that year, FSMHA has awarded a total of $43,000 to 41 students, helping them pay for college tuition and expenses.
Unlike many scholarships, the Delaware manufactured housing association’s does not only look at things like GPA, essays and financial need.
The most important requirement on the FSMHA application is that the recipient be a resident of Delaware, and that they have lived in a manufactured home for at least a year before submitting for the scholarship.
They encourage more than just high-school seniors to apply. They cheer current college students and adults of all ages with a high school diploma to go or return to college, so they may apply as well. It can be used for any 2-year or 4-year degrees at an accredited university, college or technical school.
Applicants may reapply for the scholarship each year – as evident by the fact that one of this year’s recipients was also awarded the First State MHA scholarship in 2016.
And the Winners Are…
See last year’s scholarship winners here.
This year the four different students who were awarded the $1,000 scholarship were Brianna Boyd, Brandon Bazemont, Kyle Hammond and second-time recipient Eric Nielsen.
First State Goes Beyond Scholarships
Scholarships are not the only way that FSMHA is contributing to their community.
For example, last Christmas season, they were able to donate over $3,000 worth of non-perishable food items collected to food banks in Kent and Sussex counties. They were able to do this mostly through the generosity of the members of the association, which is comprised of all kinds of manufactured home industry professionals including retailers, communities, transporters, lenders, insurance companies and repair services.
Such acts of kindness and are great examples of how this association and the manufactured home communities that make up much of the membership are giving back to their communities.
In a time when manufactured homes and their residents are still subject by accounts – such as the one reported at this link yesterday – to the stigma of the “trailer-houses” [sic] and “mobile homes” [sic] of the past, such positive efforts like FSMHA are to be celebrated. ## (News, Analysis)
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Submitted by Julia Granowicz to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.