University of San Diego's Burnham-Moores Center Offers Diversity Scholarships for Real Estate Certif

The University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate is pleased to announce the “Diversity Scholarship Program for Real Estate Professionals,” through which two scholarships will be awarded to real estate professionals interested in earning a certificate in the university’s Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development continuing education program.

The scholarships are valued at $3,600 each and include tuition for eight courses, books and parking. Students graduate with a certificate from the university once they successfully complete all program requirements.

Developed by the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate in collaboration with the university’s Office of Corporate and Professional Education, the certificate program was launched in February 2006 for real estate and building industry professionals who want to round out their knowledge base.

The program’s courses are taught by local industry experts with new courses offered monthly on a variety of essential industry topics, including: the real estate development process; investment and income analysis; legal aspects of real estate; property management; real estate finance; tax considerations; urban development; sales and marketing; and title insurance. A new course on “Opportunities in the Mexico Real Estate Market” also was just added as an elective.

Professionals take one course at a time, and can either elect to take only specific courses of professional interest within the program or complete the program within two years to earn the Certificate in Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must possess some or all of the following criteria:

Have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the interests of principal minority groups (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Hispanic) in the real estate industry;

Have a minimum of three years of work experience in the real estate industry;

Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;

Have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages;

Be the first generation in his/her family to attend college;

Have demonstrated a commitment to bringing diverse people together;

Have demonstrated experience in living or working in diverse environments;

Have demonstrated a commitment to serving historically underserved or underprivileged populations;

And have demonstrated achievement and determination in the face of personal challenges.

To be considered for the scholarships, candidates should send their resume, qualifications and personal statement indicating what they hope to contribute to the real estate profession. Candidates should also include two letters of reference from real estate industry colleagues or superiors addressing the candidate’s potential for leadership. All application materials must be received no later than June 30, 2008. Applicants will be notified in writing of their status by Aug. 1, 2008; the first class date is Sept. 9, 2008.

Direct non-returnable materials to: John Ferber, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, Calif., 92110.

For questions about the application process, contact

For further details on the certificate program, go to


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