Local Real Estate Firm Launches Scholarship Program Aimed at Social Entrepreneurship

Stewart Team Real Estate Partners Awards First Rochester College Student with the Annual Stewart Team Real Estate Social Entrepreneurship Scholarshi

Oakland County-based real estate firm, Stewart Team, recently announced a scholarship program in partnership with Rochester College aimed to help students majoring in social entrepreneurship.

“Giving back to our community is at the core of Stewart Team’ mission,” said Kevin Stewart, broker/owner and team leader, Stewart Team. “When Rochester College, my alma mater, launched The Center for Social Entrepreneurship, we knew we would want to be involved in helping to share our passion for philanthropy with future entrepreneurs.”

Rochester College launched its BBA with a social entrepreneurship major in 2015. The Center for Social Entrepreneurship prepares students to apply principles from business to help create or manage a government, for-profit and nonprofit enterprise that addresses challenging, social issues.

Through funding from Rochester-based Stewart Team Real Estate Partners, Rochester College was able to offer this scholarship to students currently enrolled in the social entrepreneurship program, or students who accepted an offer to attend Rochester College, declaring social entrepreneurship as their major.

Awarded in the fall of 2018, Clarkston resident Rilee Liebler is the first recipient of the $5,000 Stewart Team Real Estate Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship. Liebler is currently a sophomore at Rochester College, majoring in social entrepreneurship.

“Rilee has a servant’s heart and is a great addition to the social entrepreneurship program,” said Jaymes Vettraino, assistant professor and director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Rochester College. “Her business-minded focus and commitment to helping others in the community made her an ideal candidate to win the award. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for her, and we look forward to working with her.”

In addition to the annual scholarship, Stewart Team will be partnering with Rochester College and the Rochester community on April 10 for a student-led Service Day. 100-plus students, faculty and community volunteers will gather to clean Clinton River Trail pathways, pack food at Neighborhood House and assist with clean-up at Avon Lakes Senior Living.

“We love the Rochester community and recognize the need to partner with those working hard to make it a terrific place to live for everyone,” said Stewart. “The reality is that need exists everywhere, and we love living in a community that is striving to make things better for everyone. It’s important to us that we work with our hands, feet and hearts — not just our money.”

About Stewart Team

Founded in 2016, Stewart Team Real Estate Partners is dedicated to effecting change in the com­munity through service and a genuine love for others. Using a team model, Stewart Team meets the real estate needs of the community in a genuine and unique way, creating neighbors through relationships and trust. To learn more, visit stewartteam.com.

For more information on The Rochester College Center for Social Entrepreneurship visit: http://docs.rc.edu/en/2017-2018/Course-Catalog/School-of-Business-and-Professional-Studies/Department-of-Business/Social-Entrepreneurship-BBA.