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:
(Both requirements must be completed by September 8, 2023.)
The 2023 Diversity Scholarship application is open through September 29, 2023. 

The CCIM Foundation will review and select scholarship recipients from all qualified submissions. The application process may include a phone interview. Recipients of the CCIM Foundation awards will be notified on or before December 30, 2023. Classes can be taken starting in 2024. Once awarded, recipients have four years to access the scholarship funds.

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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If you already have a CCIM Institute account, log in with your username and password. Your username is typically your primary email address. If you do not have a CCIM Institute account, select Sign Up on the login page.

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 2022 Diversity Scholarship Recipients

The CCIM Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural 2022 Diversity Scholarship Program.
Denine Attride
Re'nauta Bell
David Bolden
Ismail Concepcion
Dorien Couch
Jamar Gordon
Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew
Brian Kim
Jemea Kingsby
Daynon Kirby
Glenn McDonald
LaTasha Price
Uriyah Robinson
Rene Robles
Jay Tanjuan
Sharisse Walton
Jue Wang
Njeri Warfield
JacQuan Winters
"The Diversity Scholarship widened the path to the CCIM designation for me. I feel very welcomed into the industry with these scholarships — they not only support financial need, but also serves to further the visibility of the foundation's ongoing efforts toward the inclusion of diverse professionals like me in commercial real estate." 
 Brian Kim
"The Diversity Scholarship makes it financially possible for a more diverse group of real estate professionals to gain a direct route toward industry excellence. More importantly, my journey to the CCIM Designation hopefully causes a ripple effect, encouraging other women and people of color who see me striving for success to seek it out for themselves." 
— Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew

Nick Winbush
"I am simply beyond thrilled!  I'm very excited to receive this scholarship and cannot wait to enroll in my next course. Thank you to the CCIM Foundation team — it's greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to the amazing things that lie ahead for me in my career." 
 Sharisse Walton

Once all eligibility requirements are met, simply apply for the scholarship online.