Opening Doors to the Future

The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) awards scholarships to students of real estate and related fields of study at colleges and universities both within and outside Illinois and to those furthering their knowledge in the field of association management and leadership.

Funds for this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization come from the voluntary contributions of people like you who believe in the importance of education and professionalism in the real estate industry.


REEF scholarships are intended to help qualified students pursue an education, which will lead them into productive careers in the real estate industry.

Diversity Scholarships are available!

Recipients may receive an award of up to $500 which may be used toward payment of real estate pre-license education, fees, and books to start your career as a real estate broker.

Deadline: October 1


Roxane Malo Leadership Scholarship


Past Presidents Scholarship

Ongoing Deadline

up to


Gary L. Clayton Scholarship


Illinois Education and Training Grant


Illinois Diversity Real Estate Scholarship Program


Rich Port Scholarship

Did You Know?

Since 2000, REEF has awarded

Scholarship Awardee Orian Shkrobut Photo

I have been able to pay for some of my college tuition as well as the travel and program costs for real estate ‘treks,’ to meet real estate companies through the University of Michigan Real Estate Club. Without the help of REEF, I am certain there are students who would not realize their professional potential or personal interest in real estate. Thank you for awarding me the Thomas F. Seay scholarship, which has opened many doors and opportunities for me in real estate!

Orian Shkrobut
Scholarship Awardee Nathan McCatty Photo

The Morgan Fitch Scholarship allowed me to take an extra class on real estate valuation, a course that was extremely helpful when I took the broker’s exam as well as in my real estate practice.

Nathan McCatty, Orland Park
Scholarship Awardee Remi Kelani Photo

I am grateful to be a recipient of the Illinois Minority Real Estate Scholarship Program not once, but twice! The first helped me earn a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation and a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation. The second time I applied was to earn my Managing Broker’s license as I want to own and manage a brokerage office. Without these scholarships being available, I would not have been able to accomplish my goals.

Remi Kelani, ABR,GRI, SRS Broker, Naperville
Scholarship Awardee Tanisha Blackmore Photo

With the assistance of an Illinois REEF scholarship, I was able to take the real estate course and successfully completed the Illinois exam. The scholarship will also enable me to take additional courses to obtain real estate designations in industry areas that I’m passionate about. As a female minority, I am grateful for the scholarship that helped me make my dreams and future goals a reality.

Tanisha Blackmore, Romeoville
Scholarship Awardee Austin Moca Photo

The aid I received from the James M. Kinney Scholarship helped me pay for living expenses freshman year. It helped to provide me with a home away from home where I made a friend for life, spent countless hours studying and relaxing and helped my experience at college become one of the best times of my life!

Austin Moca, Oakbrook
Scholarship Awardee Taylor Badger Photo

With both of my parents working in the real estate industry for over 30 years, I am proud to be a recipient of the James M. Kinney Scholarship. This generous scholarship not only assisted my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in biology, but also encouraged me to continue my education and attend medical school in the future.

Taylor Badger, Springfield

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Your generous support will help the Foundation expand the frontiers of real estate research, assist qualified students preparing for productive careers in the real estate field, and increase the ability of both the private and public sectors to meet the real estate needs of the people of Illinois.