Retired Educators Foundation of Orange County Florida
Some forty years ago the leadership of the Orange County Retired Educators Association, (OCREA) discovered that the pensions for retired teachers were not large enough to afford them a decent place to live. So, they cobbled together a loan and purchased a housing development in West Orange County to provide this housing. Over the years, aging teachers died, pensions got better, and retired teachers no longer qualified to live there. As a result, this project was sold and a Foundation was formed to manage the funds received from this sale. The interest, after expenses and taxes have been paid, will be used to fund scholarships for local recipients.
The Scholarship Committee identified three non-renewable types of scholarships: The Academic Scholarship is designed for Orange County graduating seniors ($2000 one time only); the Technical Scholarship is designed for a student in one of the Technical Centers in Orange County ($1000 one time only), and the Educators Scholarship is designed for an Orange County teacher working on a graduate degree ($2000 one time only).
The Foundation Board is made up of nine directors elected from OCREA membership and the current OCREA president (Ex Officio). In turn, they elect their own officers. Directors are:
Director & REFOC Chairperson Dr. Kim Stutsman
Director & Vice Chairperson David Magee
Director Betty Sasser
Director & Treasurer Ann Winn
Director Tom Tankson
Director Dr. Dan Buckman
Director & Scholarship Chair Christie Woods
Director Cathy Thompson
Ex-officio President OCREADr. Sharon Kochlany
Emeritus Ellen James