Did you know REALTOR® University offers merit-based scholarships for the Master’s of Real Estate Program? Not sure how to get from point A to B in the scholarship application process? We’ve put together a simple five step outline and some tips from a REALTOR® University Admissions Representative to help ease the application process for you.
Step One – Admittance to the Graduate Program:
The first step is applying for admission to the REALTOR® University graduate program. All scholarship applicants must have met REALTOR® University entrance exam requirements and be admitted and enrolled in the graduate program.
Admissions Representative Tip: Obtaining transcripts can be the longest part of the admissions process, if you can locate unofficial transcripts for evaluation, this will help expedite the admissions process.
Step Two – Timing is everything:
Identify the scholarship deadline for your session start date and plan accordingly to give yourself plenty of time to put together your application. Rushing through your application will cause stress for you and increase the potential for unnecessary mistakes. You want to put your best foot forward, so, allow yourself the time to do so. Scholarship application deadlines for 2016 are below. You can start planning now!
|SESSION||SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE||SESSION START DATE|
|May 2016||April 11, 2016||May 2, 2016|
|July 2016||June 13, 2016||July 5, 2016|
|September 2016||August 8, 2016||August 29, 2016|
|November 2016||October 10, 2016||October 24, 2016|
Step Three –Be Thorough:
Missing pieces to the application will slow the process down, or worse, disqualify your application entirely. Don’t risk looking careless; review the scholarship criteria carefully and triple check that all application components are completed.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a REALTOR® University student
- Must submit a completed scholarship application
- Must submit three signed letters of recommendation from an employer, former teacher, advisor, etc. specific to the scholarship application (cannot include family members)
- Must submit a 500 word essay, or less, on “How do you believe a REALTOR® University graduate degree will help you succeed and meet your career goals?”
- Must submit a copy of your official undergraduate transcript
- Must submit a copy of a current resume
Admissions Representative Tip: Make sure the recommendation letters are signed and on letter head, or have the person’s contact information in case the scholarship committee needs to reach out to anyone for additional information. It also looks more professional.
Step Four – Be Thoughtful:
REALTOR® University wants the brightest and most motivated individuals attending our University. The Scholarship committee helps provide financial assistance to qualified and committed candidates. It is your job to portray how you fit that mold in your application.
Beyond submitting a complete scholarship application and meeting basic criteria, ensure you are submitting a thoughtful essay. Remember – the selection committee doesn’t know you and the essay is your time to sell yourself on paper. Correct grammar goes a long way and your writing should not only be easy to read, but should also reflect your accomplishments. This is your time to help your resume come to light in a more personal way.
- Even though 3 recommendations are required, ask at least 4 people to write you a letter. If you get an extra letter back, that may help strengthen your application.
- Make sure to highlight your successes in the industry on the scholarship application or on your resume.
- Keep your essay on topic.
Step Five – Apply!
Admission Representative Tip: Submit your paperwork prior to the deadline. This will give your Admissions Representative time to review the packet and give you any feedback about your essay prior to submitting it to the scholarship committee.
Ready to apply? Please contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-855-786-6546 option 1. Admissions can help with additional questions you may have and with the submission process.