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This is the text of a Real Estate Investment Society press release from their website

REIS Schoarship Awarded to Tony Mangione

FORT MYERS -- The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) proudly announces the award of the annual Paul Sands Memorial – REIS Scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) student Tony Mangione. The scholarship provides $1,000 toward tuition and books.

Mr. Mangione also receives honorary membership in REIS for one year where he may attend meetings on a complimentary basis. “We welcome outstanding scholars to join us, to learn about the area’s commercial real estate industry, and develop relationships with members of the business community,” explained REIS President Kim Donnelly. “The REIS scholarship programs represent our commitment to our profession and our community. We support student interest in business by providing financial assistance for their higher education and welcoming them to participate in our meetings and educational programs. Our goal is to promote the professionalism of our future business leaders and thereby the economic vitality of our community.”

Tony Mangione is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Finance at FGCU, while also working as a real estate associate with Trinity Commercial Group, a Fort Myers real estate brokerage. He is looking forward to a career in real estate in Southwest Florida.

Matt Simmons and Lisa Sands, co-chairs of the REIS scholarship committee, explained that the Paul Sands Memorial – REIS Scholarship is an endowed FGCU scholarship fund. “The program was funded initially with a $5,000 endowment from REIS, which was matched by the State of Florida’s Ethics and Business Scholarship Program. The scholarship fund is structured to continue in perpetuity.” Students interested in applying for scholarships may do so by contacting the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (FASO) of Florida Gulf Coast University. Qualified applicants are reviewed by the university scholarship committee and the REIS Board of Governors.

Information on contributing to the REIS Scholarship Foundation is available at the REIS web site: or from Matt Simmons, (239) 333-1060, or Lisa Sands, (239) 489-3303 ext. 177.

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