Build Your Future With The Michigan Realtors® Scholarship Trust

Michigan Realtors® is proud to provide assistance towards the higher education of burgeoning real estate professionals. Ensuring the success of our future members is one of our top priorities. The Michigan Realtors® Scholarship Trust provides scholarships to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are taking classes that will lead them to a real estate career. 

Please mail applications to 720 N. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI 48906 or email to marst@mirealtors.com.

If you are a college student seeking a career in the real estate field, you may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 in awards. The application deadline is May 31 for the following academic school year. 

Scholarship Questions:






Current Recipients: 

Dylan Bennett – The University of Michigan

McKenzie Mathewson – Northern Michigan University

Brendan O’Brien – Michigan State University

Daniel O’Brien – Michigan State University

Jacob VanCuren – Grand Valley State University

Eligibility Requirements

  • Awards range from $500 to $3,000 and are distributed over two semesters.
  • Must have at least an average grade point of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent of a "C" average.
  • Must exemplify character including demonstrated evidence of good citizenship.
  • Must be taking courses which are related to the real estate field, such as real estate, business, marketing, finance or law.
  • Must be a full-time student and resident in Michigan, entering junior, senior year or post-graduate work at a university or college.
  • Must provide a copy of college transcript to date.
  • Must complete and submit application by May 31st for the following academic year.
  • Download 2017 Scholarship Application
  • Completed applications can be Emailed
    • To be considered, applications must include (any other documents will be disregarded):



Make a Donation

The scholarship program continues to grow. Many local associations and individuals have made a commitment. Trustees hope that they can help even more people reach their goals of becoming Realtors® next year. Call 517.372.8890, to make a tax-deductible donation. You can also make a donation in the memory of a family member or friend.




Trustees oversee and administer two funds: the Russel A. Pointer Fund and the Barney Harkins Scholarship & Educational Fund.

Russel A. Pointer (1897-1971) served the real estate profession for more than forty years. He was an adviser and counselor to both Michigan Realtors® and the National Association of Realtors® real estate education programs. Pointer served as past president of Michigan Realtors® (1950) and the Saginaw Board of Realtors® (1951). He also served as a NAR director and as executive director of the Real Estate Extension Program at the University of Michigan.


The Barney Harkins Fund was established in 1976 through the generosity of Barney Harkins (1893-1986), an active real estate professional in Washtenaw County from 1915 to 1975. He was instrumental in founding the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors® in 1919, served as president five times, served as president of Michigan Realtors® and was one of the first Realtors® to be named “Realtor® Emeritus” by the National Association of Realtors®.




The Real Estate Alumni of Michigan (RAM) Scholarship Fund, founded in 1953, developed a scholarship program in 1955 to promote professionalism in the real estate industry. RAM recognizes extensive participation in real estate education courses offered through the MAR and NAR, institutes, societies and councils, colleges and universities.