The Columbus REALTORS® Scholarship Committee is heeding President John Myers’ call to, ‘rise to the challenge’, by working diligently to select award recipients who will thrive as REALTORS® and succeed in our ever-changing industry.
Current scholarship opportunities are available for those dedicated to entering our profession through pre-licensing coursework, college/university students seeking degrees in real estate related programs, and current REALTORS® who wish to continue their education through broker licensing coursework.
Because the “drop-out” rate for new REALTORS® is high (over 50 percent) in the first and second year of licensure, the committee is very selective during the interview process, requiring each candidate to submit a two-year business plan upon application. To further this commitment, current scholarship awards are not based on financial need, rather the awards are based on the recipient’s likelihood of success in the real estate field.
Since 2011 (the year the group began tracking awardees), 72 percent of the 110 recipients have maintained active membership in Columbus REALTORS®; of those active members, 52 percent have served or are currently serving on a committee, hold a local area realty Association leadership role, or have received a Columbus REALTORS® sales award. These results indicate money well-spent. The most important goal of the committee is to continue and improve upon this success.
Funding for scholarship awards are provided by the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation, Columbus REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (YPN), Women’s Council of REALTORS® – Columbus Chapter, John G. & Linda Hondros of Hondros College, Independent Broker’s Association, the endowed Salts Memorial Scholarship, and Keller Williams Greater Columbus Cares (Nate Katz memorial). We thank these organizations for their generosity and investment in the future of the central Ohio real estate world!
Starting a scholarship is easy! If you have interest in learning more about how your organization or group can start a tax-deductible scholarship and ‘rise to the challenge’ with us, please contact Ida Seitter, Director of Development, at Columbus REALTORS® (614) 475-4000.
If you know someone that you think would be an asset to our industry, please encourage them to apply for one of the scholarships. There are two funding cycles – Spring (deadline 3/29) and Fall (deadline 9/27).
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