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The Real Estate Center at DePaul provides scholarships for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate real estate students each academic year. As applications open we will alert students via email about the process and submission deadlines. Please contact the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business or the Driehaus College of Business Undergraduate Office to ensure you are enrolled in the DePartment of Real Estate The following endowed scholarships are available:

The Real Estate Center's Executive Committee voted to use reserve Sponsor funds to create academic graduate-level scholarships awarded on entry to the program to attract outstanding candidates who might have selected other graduate schools if funding wasn't available to them at DePaul.
The Michael J. Horne scholarship was created by the MJH Education and Healthcare Assistance Foundation to honor the legacy of Michael Horne, who had been a successful real estate broker in Los Angeles.
Ken McHugh was the Executive Vice President for Operations at DePaul and served the university for 30 years. He played an integral role in getting The Real Estate Center up and running.

The Weitzman family established The Robert and Howard Weitzman Scholarship Endowment Fund as a tribute to Howard and the late Bob Weitzman for their passion for education and real estate.

The objective of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to DePaul University undergraduate real estate students who demonstrate outstanding aptitude in their academic pursuit of a real estate degree.

This scholarship helps expand education beyond the classroom by providing funding for students to travel and attend real estate conferences across the country. This is a wonderful opportunity for real estate students to enrich their knowledge of the industry with practical, real-world experiences. The scholarship covers conference registration fees, membership dues, airfare and hotel expenses.

Recognizing the value that conference participation adds to the students' overall educational experience, The Real Estate Center allocates Sustaining Sponsor funds to supplement the travel scholarship program.

In the spring of 2015, the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Center honored Susanne Cannon, Professor Emeritus and former Real Estate Department Chairman and Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Director of the Real Estate Center, with the Outstanding Leadership in the Real Estate Profession award.  Proceeds from the event created the Susanne Ethridge Cannon Endowed Scholarship Fund.  

In 2012, as part of the Real Estate Center’s ten year anniversary celebration, the University hosted a gala event that honored nationally renowned real estate executive and philanthropist, Douglas Crocker.  The event kicked off fundraising efforts for the Douglas & Cynthia Crocker Real Estate Endowed Scholarship fund which raised $550,000.  Crocker was an early supporter of the Center as a Founding Sponsor and later, he and his wife, Cynthia, endowed the position of the Director of the Center with a major gift.

In the spring of 2017, the Real Estate Center honored Jack Durburg, a DePaul alum and the CEO of the Americas for CBRE, for his outstanding leadership in the real estate profession.  The event raised more than $220,000 to create the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Industry Endowed Scholarship Fund in recognition of the friends, colleagues and real estate associates of Durburg who support real estate education.

Real Estate Organization Scholarships

In addition, the center works with a number of professional real estate associations that provide scholarships to students as well as discounted registration fees for memberships and special events. Such associations include: Real Estate Finance Forum (REFF), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Commercial Real Estate Women of Chicago (CREW), Urban Land Institute (ULI), CoreNet and Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), among others.

The Appraisal Institute Education Trust offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in the real estate. Their scholarship opportunities include:

  • AIET Undergraduate Scholarship
  • AIET Graduate Scholarship
  • AIET Minorities and Women Education Scholarship

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Established in 1988, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC) Foundation is the leading and most prestigious foundation for the retail real estate industry and is the nonprofit public charity of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Their mission is to promote and reward community support efforts and provide undergraduates, graduates and retail real estate practitioners educational scholarships. Scholarships include:

  • ICSC Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship
  • Federal Realty Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship
  • Schurgin Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Schurgin Family Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarship
  • Scholarship for Families of ICSC Members
  • ICSC Graduate Diversity Scholarship
  • Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. Grduate Scholarship

Please visit ICSC for additional information.

CREW Chicago annually awards one or two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 for graduate and undergraduate students majoring or concentrating in real estate, construction, facility management, architecture, urban planning, real estate law, land economics, real estate appraisal or related real estate fields. The scholarships are primarily awarded on the basis of academic excellence and are intended to help qualified students pursue an education that will lead them into productive careers in commercial real estate. Applicants must be enrolled for the academic year in which the award is being sought.

Applications are available starting in March, with an Oct. 31 deadline for the ensuing academic year.

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The goal of the CoreNet Global-Chicago Chapter Award for Academic Excellence is to assist qualified students in pursuing an education in real estate; facilitate opportunities that will lead to productive careers in corporate real estate; and promote real estate as a discrete and important field of study within the academic community.

CoreNet Global-Chicago Chapter Award for Academic Excellence recipients will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a one-year student membership to CoreNet Global through the Chicago Chapter as long as they remain in an academic real estate program. 

Visit the CoreNet Global Scholarship page for details on when the applications will open for 2018.

The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to aid and promote the work of real estate education throughout Illinois. The foundation is supported by voluntary contributions from organizations and individuals who recognize the importance of furthering academic experience and training in the Illinois real estate industry. Scholarship awards have become a prominent activity of the foundation. Many students in real estate -related curricula at colleges and universities have benefited from the foundation's scholarship grants.

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The Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative is a prestigious leadership program designed to develop the next generation of women executives in Chicago's commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Miller has achieved great success in Chicago's commercial real estate industry and remains a role model for other women in the industry. One of her continuing goals is to increase the resources available to women in commercial real estate for advancement as women remain significantly underrepresented in real estate leadership roles.

Founded in 2007, the initiative is a comprehensive approach serving early and mid-career women pursuing graduate degrees in real estate, and provides each student with a scholarship, a real estate executive mentor, and access to networking opportunities and professional development classes.

Click here for details and to apply to the Goldie Initiative Scholarship

Since 1984, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)-Chicago Chapter and the SIOR Foundation have awarded scholarships to recognize and reward outstanding academic performance in business and real estate courses and expose recipients to career opportunities and internship programs available within the Chicago real estate community.

Award recipients will be eligible to attend SIOR-Chicago Chapter business meetings, as long as they remain in their academic program. Recipients are also encouraged to attend the scholarship presentation held during SIOR's Holiday Luncheon.

Contact Olinda Rios at for information about the scholarship and application process.

NAIOP Chicago is the premier organization for commercial real estate professionals. NAIOP represents commercial real estate developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use properties. It provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities, and connects its members through a powerful North American network. NAIOP Chicago is committed to fostering quality educational programs and networking opportunities while acting as commercial real estate’s voice on important state and national legislative issues.

As part of our mission NAIOP Chicago believes we must continue to encourage and support the next generation of commercial real estate professionals. We are committed to a more diverse industry which reflects a stronger balance in both gender and ethnicity. 

Download 2020 Application:

NAIOP Chicago_DePaul Application_2020_Extended.pdf