Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate

The Duke Realty Fund for Education and Advancement of Minorities and Women in Real Estate – The Dream Fund Undergraduate Degree Program

The goal of the Duke Realty Fund Scholarship is to support diversity as well as overall excellence in the real estate industry.  It seeks to recruit, educate, financially assist and support educating students, particularly those interested in industrial real estate.

Student Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the current admission requirements of to the real estate major in the HCB.  In particular, scholars will be completing/have completed their first 2 years of undergraduate studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have declared their intent to pursue their business major in real estate.

Program Participation Requirements

Students will be required to (a) maintain a GPA of 3.0; (b) be continuously registered; (c) complete the Institute’s professional training courses; and, (d) fully participate in Institute and DREAM FUND activities. The BSBA-RE degree must be completed in two years after initial enrollment in the real estate major.

Program Elements:

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Selected students will receive an annual scholarship of $7,500/ year for up to two years (or a maximum of $15,000) to complete the BSBA-RE degree program.


Students will be assigned an advisor from the Institute to provide guidance concerning their academic choices, as well as other counseling during their studies.


All students are expected to participate in the Institute’s and/or Duke Realty mentoring program(s). The mentors will provide shadowing, attendance at events, exposure to the industry, and professional advice and interaction.

Industry/Student Forums

The Institute will involve the students in all of its educational and program activities.  A student membership in an industry organization will be provided.

Career Evaluation

Each semester the student will have an opportunity to review career options with the industry mentor. It is expected that scholars will pursue internships during their studies in the real estate program to obtain “hands on” experience.

Industry Placement

Duke Realty’s Human Resources Department will communicate Duke Realty job openings in Chicago and nationally. Students will be informed of other opportunities through the Institute.

Annual Luncheon

Scholars will be hosted at an annual luncheon sponsored by Duke Realty for the scholars and alumni, program mentors, and Duke Realty leaders.

Professional Training Courses

All scholarship students under the Institute’s real estate programs are require to attend the on-site Institute training courses. The courses are free and include:

  • Information/real estate technology classes – including industry programs such as Argus, CoStar and STDB.
  • Professional and Personal Skills – Business etiquette, presentation, networking and time management skills.
  • Business writing – composition skills – composition, document organization, resume preparation, etc.

Graduation and certificate:

Upon graduation, scholars will receive a special certificate as a scholars of THE DUKE REALTY DREAM FUND.

Collete English Dixon • March 6, 2020

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