The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) has partnered with other colleagues, family and friends of the recently deceased commercial real estate professional Paul Sands to establish the Paul Sands Scholarship Fund.

“Paul really liked helping out the young guys,” says Lisa Sands, Paul Sands’ former wife and business partner. “He always went above and beyond to help younger professionals in their real estate career, so this fund is an appropriate way to honor him and his passion for helping for others.”

The Paul Sands Scholarship Fund will be open for one year with the goal of raising $10,000 for a scholarship to be awarded to a Florida Gulf Coast University student with intentions of pursuing a career in commercial real estate.

Sands, who was the senior advisor of The Sands Commercial Group at VIP Commercial, was a longtime member of REIS and served on its board of governors. The Paul Sands Scholarship Fund is part of the REIS Scholarship Foundation a not-for-profit, registered 501(c)3 corporation. REIS manages the Foundation, allowing 100% of donations to be awarded as scholarships. Donations to the Paul Sands Scholarship Fund may be made payable to REIS Scholarship Foundation, Inc. and mailed to REIS Scholarship Chairman Shelton Weeks, PhD, Real Estate Investment Society, P.O. Box 9247, Fort Myers, FL 33902-9247. “Paul Sands Scholarship” should be noted on the check. For more information, visit

The Sands Commercial Group at VIP Commercial provides a full range of real estate services for land, office, retail and industrial properties. Specialties include sales and acquisitions, 1031 exchanges, investments, retail and office site analysis, and market and financial feasibility studies. For more information about The Sands Commercial Group at VIP Commercial, located at 13131 University Dr. in Fort Myers, call 239-489-3303 or visit