Sold-out Battle of the Barristers will fund REALTOR® scholarships

As a REALTOR®, you work hard to support your family and create opportunities for them. To help foster educational opportunities for your family, Seattle King County REALTORS® established the Seattle First Citizen Scholarship Foundation. This program, which started with a grant from past Seattle First Citizen Award recipient Stanley O. McNaughton, has awarded nearly $380,000 to 196 recipients over the past 20 years.

Battle of the Barristers is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the scholarship fund, which also accepts donations from members and others. This year’s Battle on March 21 is sold out for the second straight year. It promises to be a lively debate among our top real estate attorneys, who donate their time and expertise. The over 500 attendees will receive 3 clock hours of continuing education credit.

Scholarship applicants may receive up to $5,000 in educational assistance. Application deadline is April 1. Scholarship recipients also have the opportunity to meet with past Seattle First Citizen Award winners, honored for their outstanding commitment to bettering our communities. Past winners include the Pigott family (founders of PACCAR), former basketball star and coach Lenny Wilkens, past Mayor Norm Rice, and philanthropist Phyllis Campbell.

This year, Seattle King County REALTORS® and the Scholarship Foundation is honored to present the Peter Freet Memorial Scholarship in remembrance of SKCR Board leader and beloved REALTOR® Peter Freet. As an officer of the Board, Peter helped build the success of our education program. The Peter Freet Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to the highest rated applicant of 2019.

Last year, the Scholarship Foundation awarded a total of $35,000 in scholarships, and attempts to make an award to no fewer than one in every four applicants. All REALTOR® and Affiliate members and their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews are eligible to apply for Seattle First Citizen Scholarship Foundation awards. Applications are due April 1.