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The CCIM Institute Foundation Veterans Scholarship Program is designed to provide veterans with funding for real-world education and a foundation for a new career in commercial real estate.


The CCIM Institute Foundation Veterans Scholarship Program

Established in 2020, The CCIM Institute Foundation Veterans Scholarship Program gives back to the brave men and women who have served the United States by offering educational funding to pursue a new career in the dynamic commercial real estate industry. Qualifying U.S. military veterans can apply for scholarships up to $15,000 to be used for non-degree-based commercial real estate education, including certification programs through National Association of REALTORS® affiliate organizations, including CCIM Institute, REALTORS® Land Institute, IREM, and SIOR. Active-duty service military within 12 months of the end of active service are also invited to apply. The 2024 Veterans Scholarship application is now closed. For questions, please reach out to
“I am so honored to be selected as a recipient of The CCIM Institute Foundation Veterans Scholarship. I have delayed my pursuit of the CCIM Designation, as all three of my children have been in college at the same time. My wife and I have happily sacrificed to ensure our children’s quality education at The Virginia Military Institute. This scholarship allows me to begin my ‘Path to the Pin’ immediately, when it would otherwise be unfeasible. In fact, the day I was notified of this award, I registered for the very first available CI 101 course in my area. I am ever so grateful to the donors who have made this possible.” – Addison Hagan

Why pursue a career in commercial real estate?

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. military veteran or active-duty service member who meets all the following criteria:
This is a two-part application process. The first requires the upload of an applicant’s DD214, Fitness Report (FITREP), ERB, or letter of recommendation from a commanding officer for active-duty military applicants, and successful completion of the Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate course. The second requires completion of essay questions and three professional reference letters. Contact to be notified about the 2025 application. 

How do I apply?

  • Hold an honorable discharge (DD214) or be within 12 months of 
    the end of active service.
  • Do not currently hold a commercial real estate-associated designation.
  • Earn a passing grade in CCIM Institute's Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate course. Each applicant will receive tuition-free access to this online course as part of the application process.*
Have questions? 
Contact us at 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 Veterans Scholarship Program  

If you would like to support this program, you can donate to The CCIM Institute Foundation and earmark your amount for the Veterans Scholarship fund.
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* Upon successful completion of the Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate course, applicant will receive a link to the second half of the application which includes essay questions and requires uploading three professional references.

Congratulations to the 2024 Veterans Scholarship Recipients

The CCIM Institute Foundation is proud to announce the seven recipients of its 2024 Veterans Scholarship. Each recipient below has chosen to pursue The CCIM Institute Designation with their scholarship. 
Kerry Engelmann
Summerset, SD

Michael Euperio
Denver, CO
Nathan Feld
Marine Corps
O'Fallon, MO
Ryan Hall
Air Force Pararescue 
Tucson, AZ
Addison Hagan
Marine Corps
Richmond, VA
Kory Kiesel
Alexandria, VA

Nate Niehuus
Austin, TX

Commercial real estate is a dynamic 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.