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CTI celebrates business anniversary with scholarships

By CHRIS MULDROW / Fredericksburg Today

CTI Real Estate celebrated its 13th anniversary in business by giving away scholarships to 13 students preparing to graduate from high school.

Michelle Caldwell Thompson, founder of CTI, said the company has added a scholarship for each year they’ve been around ever since the program started 10 years ago.

“We’re determined to give back to the communities we serve in a tangible way,” Thompson said.

Thompson said their scholarship program is unusual because they don’t limit recipients to those applying for a four-year degree.

“Real estate is a trade–you don’t need a four-year degree,” Thompson said. “We want to highlight people who are not only going to a four-year school, but to trade school or community college as well.”

Caityn Paige Godsey, a Stafford High School student who is planning to attend Virginia Tech, received $1000 from CTI. Allyson Ann Gray from Spotsylvania received $500 for her UMW education. The other students received $250.

While most of the recipients go to school locally, Thompson said the competition is open nationally.

“Many of our clients have worked with us here, but are in the military and been reassigned,” Thompson said. “They remember our scholarship and apply, though. We love maintaining that connection to them.”

“This region has really embraced us, and we wanted to give back,” Thompson said. “It makes my hear feel full.”

Recipients

Caityn Paige Godsey Virginia Tech Stafford
Allyson Ann Gray University of Mary Washington Spotsylvania
Ashton Wardell Jenkins Virginia State University Chancellor
Zipporah Marie Baldwin Hampton University Hayfield Secondary
Kayla Renee Waller Virginia Commonwealth University James Monroe
NiJah Alana Johnson Florida A&M University East Gadsden
Richard Joseph Roeske James Madison University Forest Park
Eboni Juanita Freeman George Mason University Forest Park
Christian Vestella Lenora Chew Hampton University Colonial Forge
Kaland Joah Hackley Howard/Hampton/VCU/George Mason Eastern View
Dayna Lian Richards University of Virginia Stafford
Matthew Jonathan Small George Mason University James Monroe
Ryan Grant Miller Coastal Carolina University Deep Creek
Bryce Garrett Sheetz James Madison University Chancellor
Taylor Alena Rowell Old Dominion University Chancellor

 

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