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Crossman Career Builders Establishes Scholarship at FSU

Provides More Opportunities in Real Estate Education to Talented Minority Students

ORLANDO – One of Florida’s most successful and well-known business leaders, John M. Crossman, CCIM, who is widely known for his work with college students and his commitment to diversity, has established the Crossman Career Builders Scholarship at Florida State University for students from diverse demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Crossman, son of popular pastor and notable 1960s civil rights leader Reverend Ken Crossman, is continuing on the mission that he started decades ago and while CEO at the one of Orlando’s most successful commercial real estate firms: Let’s get more professional real estate courses into colleges and universities and make them available to deserving and talented minority students.

As a frequent speaker and lecturer on this topic throughout the South at universities and real estate industry conventions nationwide, Crossman has been emphasizing that real estate is one of the most reliable means of accumulating and expanding personal wealth. Crossman also presented this idea in 2014 to the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C.

“I know plenty of commercial real estate CEOs who really want more minorities and women in the industry but they can’t find enough applicants with the educational background needed,” he said.

Crossman has regularly reached out to his colleagues in commercial real estate for support by articulating that “Commercial real estate is just rife with opportunity for talented minorities if we can provide them with the educational background.”

Crossman Career Builders pledged $54,000 for the scholarship that will provide diverse students with not only opportunities to educate themselves within such a rewarding industry, but will in turn open doors for those minorities to begin sitting at tables where decisions are made that impact their neighborhoods.

Crossman, an FSU alumnus who has been listed as one of the top 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in the state by Florida Trend magazine, says this mission that he’s been so passionate about for so many years couldn’t be more important than today, as the nation struggles in an upsurge of racial tension and unrest.

For more information about Crossman Career Builders please visit and if interested in supporting the new diversity scholarship visit the FSU Foundation’s website .

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