Rosen Recognized for Tangelo Park Program
Rosen Hotels & Resorts President and COO, Harris Rosen was awarded “Citizen of the Year Award” by the Florida School Boards Association. He was awarded this prestigious award by the States Educational System for the college scholarship and preschool program he has initiated in the Tangelo Park community.
He received this award in Tampa on Dec 4th at the FSBA annual winter conference. He received recognition for his groundbreaking Tangelo Park Program, which he started in 1993. The program is a three-fold community initiative that has benefited children and parents living in a challenging lower class community.
The Tangelo Park Program provides free preschool for every two, three, and four year-old child living in the Tangelo Park neighborhood; full college or vocational school scholarships, including tuition, room and board, books and travel expenses, for every graduating high school senior from Tangelo Park area and a Family Resource Center where parents can take parenting courses, obtain counseling and other resources to help them become positive role models.
The results of the initiative have been astounding. Rosen has invested $8 million in the program, providing college scholarships for more than 370 Tangelo Park teens and sent more than 370 children to preschool.
“Harris Rosen has shown that business can play a major role in education and hope that other businesses will take note of this extraordinary example of corporate social responsibility” said Wayne Blanton, executive director of FSBA.
“My goal in creating the Tangelo Park Program was not only to transfer a community and provide its youth with a chance for a brighter future, but also to create a template for success that other communities could easily adopt. Our program advisory board is in place to provide guidance and support to any community or business that should choose to create their own program,” said Rosen.