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The Real Estate Center at DePaul provides scholarships for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate real estate students each academic year. 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 Charles H. Wurtzebach and Susan M. Marshall Endowed Travel Scholarship
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.

Robert and Howard Weitzman Endowed Scholarship
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.

Michael J. Horne Endowed Scholarship
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.

Anthony J. And Jane E. Lydon Scholarship Fund
The Anthony J. and Jane E. Lydon scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to undergraduate and/or graduate students studying real estate.

Kenneth McHugh Endowed Scholarship
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.

Founding Sponsor Scholarship
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.

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.

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

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

Please visit for an additional information.

ULI Scholarship Fund
The Nicholas (Nick) V. Trkla Scholarship Fund was started in 1997 by the Urban Land Insitute (ULI) Chicago in memory of Nick Trkla, a ULI Trustee and the first Chairman of the ULI Chicago District Council. Mr. Trkla, President and founder of a Chicago-based planning and financial development consulting firm, was responsible for revitalization programs throughout Chicagoland and in over 80 cities nationwide. Mr. Trkla was especially committed to the betterment of inner cities as demonstrated by his work to revitalize the North Lawndale community. Since its inception, the Scholarship has been awarded to graduate-level students from Chicago area universities who excel in their studies, who embody the civic spirit of Nick, plus his interest in and commitment to sensible land use, community involvement and ULI.

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ICSC Foundation Scholarships
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 non-profit 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:

  • The Grossman Graduate Scholarship
  • The Schurgin Family Foundation Scholarship

Please visit for additional information.

Crew Chicago Scholarship
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 October 31 deadline for the ensuing academic year. Please visit for additional information.

CoreNet Global Chicago Chapter Scholarship
The goal of the CoreNet Global-Chicago Chapter Award for Academic Excellence is to assist qualified students in pursuing an education in real estate; to facilitate opportunities that will lead to productive careers in corporate real estate; and to 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. The recipient will also receive free admission to all CoreNet Global - Chicago educational and networking events for one calendar year; recognition at the April 2009, New Member Appreciation Event; and a profile in the CoreNet Global - Chicago Chapter newsletter.

Visit the CoreNet Global Scholarship page for details on how to apply.

SIOR® Chicago Chapter Scholarships
Since 1984, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)-Chicago Chapter and the SIOR Foundation have awarded scholarships with the goal to recognize and reward outstanding academic performance in business and real estate courses and to 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. Award recipients are also encouraged to attend the scholarship presentation to be held during SIOR's Holiday Luncheon.

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

Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation Scholarships
The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit 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 real estate industry in Illinois. 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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Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative
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. Ms. Wolfe Miller has achieved great success in Chicago's CRE 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 CRE 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.

Visit the Goldie Initiative Scholarship Application for details. ​​