Expanding Access to Careers in Commercial Real Estate

The CCIM Foundation Diversity Scholarship Program is designed to advance the professional growth of underrepresented groups in the commercial real estate industry with funding for real-world education and a foundation for a new career in commercial real estate.


The CCIM Foundation Diversity Scholarship Program

Established in 2022, the CCIM Foundation Diversity Scholarship Program helps foster an inclusive commercial real estate professional community. These scholarships, working in tandem with The CCIM Institute's Cultural Diversity Education Program, help jump-start and transform the commercial real estate careers of qualifying individuals by funding their path to the CCIM Pin, the gold standard in commercial real estate designations. A limited number are awarded annually to qualifying applicants to use for Designation course enrollment and fees. 
Commercial real estate is an exciting, ever-evolving field, where determination and self-discipline are crucial tools for success. Individuals can pursue careers in brokerage, investment, facilities management, development, and more, in sectors ranging from million-square-foot industrial spaces and office buildings to small apartment complexes and mom-and-pop retail stores. Commercial real estate professionals create and shape the places where we live, work, and play, and they play a key role in building healthy and sustainable communities across the globe.

Why pursue a career in commercial real estate?

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you must meet all the following criteria:
The 2023 Diversity Scholarship application is now closed.  

How do I apply?

Have questions? 
Contact us at foundation@ccim.com or +1 (312) 321-4474. 

The CCIM Veterans in Real Estate Program, managed by CCIM Institute, allows any U.S. veteran or eligible beneficiaries to receive U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits for CCIM Institute’s designation program.

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After submitting your initial application form, please watch your inbox for additional instructions. Eligible applicants will receive complimentary access to CCIM Institute’s online, self-paced Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate course. The second part of the application process will begin once an applicant has successfully completed that course.

Support the Diversity Scholarship Program  

If you would like to support this program, you can donate to the CCIM Foundation and earmark your amount for the Diversity Scholarship fund.
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For questionsplease contact foundation@ccim.com.

Congratulations to the 2023 Diversity Scholarship Recipients

The CCIM Institute Foundation is excited to announce the seven recipients of the 2023 Diversity Scholarship. We celebrate their accomplishments and are pleased to share some of the responses we received from our grateful awardees.  
Ataide Braga
Orlando, FL 
Liza Fong 
Las Vegas, NV 
Ja'Shar Hartley 
Chicago, IL 
Sarah Ikioka 
Mililani, HI  

Tunde Osilaja 
Chicago, IL 
Francisco Sanchez 
Wildomar, CA 
Shella Sylla 
Hoover, AL 

This opportunity is not just a steppingstone in my professional journey; it's a commitment to excellence and a promise to pay it forward. I pledge to absorb every bit of knowledge from the courses and use it to advance my career in commercial real estate. Moreover, I am devoted to becoming a role model for fellow minorities aspiring to join our industry.” 

 Shella Sylla


I am honored and beyond grateful for being selected as a recipient of the 2023 CCIM Institute Foundation Diversity Scholarship. This is also a pivotal support in my journey toward advancing in the commercial real estate industry. 

I am deeply appreciative of the CCIM Institute Foundation's commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the field. I am eager to leverage this opportunity to enhance my education and contribute meaningfully to the Latino community."

—  Francisco Sanchez