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Designation or Certification Scholarship

The Designation or Certification Scholarship is based on the applicant's indication of interest in pursuing a career in the real estate industry and letters of recommendations. All applicants must be a resident of the State of Illinois. Chicago Associations of REALTORS® Officers, Directors and employees, and Chicago Association of REALTORS® Education Foundation Officers and Trustees are may not apply for this scholarship.

Beginning October 1st, 2013, scholarship applications will only be accepted if received prior to the completion of the course for which the scholarship is requested.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Minimum one year’s experience within the real estate industry
  • Must be Chicago Association of REALTORS® member in good standing
  • Must have the recommendation of the managing broker, a Chicago Association of REALTORS® member, or CAREF Board of Trustee
  • Must submit a completed application
  • If you are applying for a Coldwell Banker Scholarship, you MUST be a Coldwell Banker Broker.

Award Amount

  • Up to $500 for National Association of REALTORS® recognized Designation or Certification
  • Classes or designation must be completed within 1 year of receiving scholarship
  • Payment is reimbursed with successful attainment of the Designation or Certification

Accepted Designations Your Scholarship Can Be Used Towards

  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • ALC – Accredited Land Consultant
  • AHWD – At Home With Diversity
  • ALHS – Accredited Luxury Home Specialist
  • BPOR – Broker Price Opinion Resource
  • CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • CPM – Certified Property Manager
  • CRB – Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist
  • CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist
  • e-PRO
  • GAA - General Accredited Appraiser
  • NAR’s Green Designation/GREEN
  • GRI – Graduate, REALTOR Institute
  • PMN – Performance Management Network
  • RAA – Residential Accredited Appraiser
  • RCE – REALTOR® Association Certified Executive
  • RSPS – Resort & Second- Home Property Specialist
  • SFR – Short Sales and foreclosure Resource
  • SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®
  • SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialist

How to Apply

Fill out and submit an application form by clicking here.

Questions may be directed to Jay Turner .