Hand up provides educational opportunities
Posted on 05/25/2022
Six students pose for a photo

Inspired by the work of philanthropist Harris Rosen and building upon his advocacy for local diverse communities, Travel + Leisure Charitable Foundation, established by Travel + Leisure Co., partnered with OCPS to launch the Travel + Leisure Eatonville Scholarship Program.

“As the work of Harris Rosen has demonstrated, real change is possible when corporations work hand-in-hand with local communities to engage citizens in programs driven by a shared purpose. We look forward to working with the Town of Eatonville and Orange County Public Schools to deliver on our shared commitment to enable the next generation of Eatonville citizens to accomplish their academic and professional goals,” said Michael Brown, president and CEO of Travel + Leisure Co.

The TLESP aims to promote educational excellence within the Eatonville community by funding up to 200 scholarships for former Hungerford Elementary School students who will graduate from Edgewater High School, and have been accepted to a Florida state college or university, community college or technical school. 

In its inaugural year, the TLESP awarded six Edgewater High School graduates with post-secondary education scholarships: (shown in photo) Einabeth Dominguez-Hernandez, Chenea Henson, Javeia Jones, Emmanuel McIntyre, Taliya Hopkins, Neyisha Porter.

“My hope is to change America one community at a time by inspiring companies to provide an educational advantage to communities in-need throughout the country. I am heartened that a partner in hospitality has risen to this challenge.  I thank Travel + Leisure Charitable Foundation for its incredible commitment and for doing the right thing by supporting this life-changing program on behalf of the citizens of historic Eatonville,” said Harris Rosen, president & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, and of The Harris Rosen Foundation. The Harris Rosen Foundation funds the Tangelo Park Program.