John Crossman makes history with the creation of the first real estate scholarship at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hoping to inspire the next generation of real estate executives, Orlando businessman John Crossman has established the Crossman & Company Endowed Real Estate Scholarship at FAMU.  A member of the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors, Crossman personally donated $25,000 to establish the scholarship and solicited other supporters to raise over $150,000 in additional donations.  The scholarship will benefit FAMU law and business students with interest in commercial real estate.

Sharing his late father’s passion for inclusiveness, higher education, and mentoring college students, Crossman hopes to provide exposure and opportunities for diverse students to pursue careers in commercial real estate.  He helped to establish student real estate clubs at both FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University in hopes of creating an official outlet for real estate programs at both universities.

Crossman is an executive board member for the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate, Florida State University Center for Real Estate Education and Trustee for Valencia College. He is also a five-time appointee to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Service Academy Nomination Board. Professionally, John and his brother Scott Crossman have established one of the region’s most successful commercial real estate firms in the Southeastern U.S.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Crossman will continue his efforts to generate additional funding for FAMU students by hosting a welcome and fundraising reception at the University Club of Orlando. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Crossman & Company Endowed Real Estate Scholarship, please visit www.famu.edu/crossman.

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About Crossman & Company

Founded in 1990, Crossman & Company is one of the largest retail leasing, management and investment sales firms focused on serving landlords throughout the Southeast. With offices in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Orlando and Tampa, Crossman & Company represents more than 307 shopping centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee with over 22 million square feet under leasing and/or management. For more information, please visit www.crossmanco.com.

About FAMU

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is one of the largest single-campus historically Black colleges or universities in the nation. The University blends a strong research focus on economic empowerment and community service.

The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students, Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant University with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics (STREAM).

FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students from diverse backgrounds. The U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the nation’s top public historically Black college or university (HBCU) for 2015. FAMU was recognized in 2014 by the U.S. News & World Report as among the “Best National Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges, as well.

FAMU is also one of the top universities for providing a high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).

For more information about FAMU, visit http://www.famu.edu.