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Crossman Career Builders Establishes Endowed Scholarship Fund at Florida State

Scholarship Fund to Honor Life of the Late High School Teacher and Mentor Dr. Les Kozlow


ORLANDO/ TALLAHASSEE -- Influential business leader John Crossman CCIM, CRX, founder of the Orlando-based career development organization Crossman Career Builders, along with Barb Kozlow, wife of the late Dr. Les Kozlow, has established a leadership scholarship at Florida State University.

The Dr. Les Kozlow Leadership Scholarship at FSU will honor the renowned educator’s impact as a teacher and mentor throughout his career. 

Dr. Kozlow of Palm Beach Gardens died tragically last summer in a traffic accident. He taught and inspired Crossman as a student in Forest Hills High School’s class of 1989, a turning point in Crossman’s education and career. 

“I decided to create this endowed scholarship not only because it’s what I am passionate about, but I would not be in the FSU Hall of Fame without the inspiration and mentoring of Dr. Kozlow, who saw something in me I couldn’t see myself.  He changed my life forever and he only wanted to be remembered for the positive influence he had on his students.”  

Successful North Carolina Attorney Andrew Fine who was one of Dr. Kozlow’s debate students says: “His impact on my life is immeasurable. I still use today things I learned from him over 30 years ago.” 

Crossman Career Builders focuses on mentoring and coaching college students and young professionals.  The organization has endowed scholarships at FSU, FAMU, B-CU, UCF and Valencia College.  Crossman plans to continue to help fund scholarships for promising students, especially diverse students.

For more information about the Dr. Les Kozlow Leadership Scholarship fund go to: https://one.fsu.edu/foundation/donate/college/business/dr-les-kozlow-leadership-scholarship-fund

Crossman, who wrote a best-selling book: Career Killers / Career Builders, was named CEO of the Year 2018 by the Orlando Business Journal and one of Florida’s top 500 Most Influential Business Leaders by Florida Trend in both 2018 and 2019. 

 

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