Staff Report

BLSThe Better Living for Seniors Hillsborough Alliance (BLS Hillsborough) is now accepting applications for its $1,000 academic scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a student in good standing who is enrolled in a formal, post secondary program in preparation for a career that involves working with older adults. Applicants must reside in Hillsborough County. 

“BLS is a business organization whose members are committed to improving the lives of local seniors,” said Patty Suarez, one of the founders of BLS Hillsborough and Vice President of the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging. “We demonstrate our commitment to seniors in the work we do every day. This scholarship allows us to help and encourage a student with similar aspirations, while impressing upon them the importance of high ethical standards.” 

Additional information about the scholarship and applications are available at Interested students should complete and submit a scholarship application and supporting essay by Friday, May 30 to be considered for the scholarship. Finalists will be notified by Tuesday, July 1 and will be expected to participate in an interview conducted by a panel of BLS members as part of the application process. One winner will be selected to receive the award, which will be presented at the Tuesday, August 19 BLS general membership meeting. The scholarship monies will be awarded and applied toward tuition for the fall 2014 semester.  

“We hope to be bombarded with applications,” said Suarez. “Our scholarship committee is looking forward to meeting our future colleagues who are as committed as we are to providing excellence in service to the seniors of our community.”  

For more information, contact Suarez at the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging at 676-5616 or

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