CoreNet Global - Chicago Chapter University Outreach Scholarship

The CoreNet Global – Chicago Chapter Award for Academic Excellence recognizes one student annually who embodies the values of connect, learn grow, and, belong that define the CoreNet organization. 


  • January 12, 2023 Application due date
  • January 19, 2023 Recipient will be notified
  • January 26, 2023 Recipient will be officially announced at the CNG Chicago Chapter Real Awards ceremony

The winner will RECEIVE

  • Two tickets to the REAL Award Gala (attendance at the Real Awards is requested)
  • One-time nonrenewable $5,000 scholarship
  • One-year student membership to CoreNet Global – Chicago Chapter
  • Free admission to all CoreNet Global – Chicago Chapter educational and networking events for one calendar year, and recognition through a social media rollout.

Download Application

Chicago Chapter Award for Academic Excellence Requirements

The recipient of this award is someone who has distinguished themselves through excellence in their academic studies and has shown an interest in Real Estate. Students who wish to apply should meet the following requirements:

  • Full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students at a university in the Chicago Chapter membership area. Students currently receiving full tuition scholarships (from any source) are not eligible for this award. Scholarships are awarded without regard to the applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex or national origin.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on economic need in conjunction with academic merit. Scholarship funds are awarded directly to the college or university on behalf of the student. CoreNet Global Chicago Chapter Board members, Scholarship Committee members and their immediate family will be excluded from consideration. For purposes of this policy, immediate family includes spouses, children and stepchildren, civil union partners, parents, stepparents, grandparents, and grandchildren as well as anyone living in the same household.

Chapter Award for Academic Excellence Criteria

The selection of the scholarship recipient will be determined by the Board of Directors and a committee of local CoreNet members with consideration of the following criteria and requested submissions. Please submit as one single PDF. 

  1. An essay/response highlighting the applicant's indication of interest in pursuing a career in corporate real estate and career objectives. Please include why you believe your experiences, accomplishments, and goals make you qualified to receive the scholarship. (750 words)
  2. The recipient of this scholarship is awarded a yearlong membership to CoreNet Global – Chicago Chapter. Please submit an essay explaining how you believe your skills, personal attributes, experience, and participation may bring value to the Chicago Chapter and discuss how this aspect of the scholarship may benefit you as you pursue your career objectives. (500 words)
  3. The workforce of the world has continued to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting virtual work protocols and significant health and safety measures. How do you envision our work environments of the future adapting to meet the needs of the workforce? What measures will maintain as we embrace our new work realities? (250 words)
  4. How can hiring practices and "the built environment" of corporate real estate industry support diversity, equity, and inclusivity? (250 words)
  5. Official copies of all transcripts certified by the Registrar; of courses the applicant has taken.
  6. The application can be found HERE.

Including the application, please submit all required materials in one batch to Carly Johnston ( by January 12, 2023 at 11:59pm.

The scholarship recipient will be contacted on or before Thursday, January 19th in advance of the official announcement and award at CoreNet Chicago’s Real Awards on Thursday, January 26th

Attn: Beth Brouwer
CoreNet Global Chicago Chapter
20960 Frankfort Square Road; Suite B
Frankfort, IL 60423

2021 Scholarship Award Winners

Natalie Lockett - DePaul University in Chicago

I am a Junior Real Estate student at DePaul University hoping to go into Brokerage after college. It is a blessing to have been awarded a scholarship and membership from the CoreNet Global-Chicago Chapter. This affirms that I made the right decision to pursue Real Estate as a career. This scholarship takes the financial burden off my mother who is struggling to pay her medical bills after suffering from multiple strokes. A membership with CoreNet Global gives me a unique opportunity to be exposed to the real estate industry in-depth in addition to valuable networking opportunities. I am looking forward to attending CoreNet events in the future.

Cody Powell - DePaul University in Chicago

Cody is a Master of Science in Real Estate student at DePaul University. He looks forward to working in commercial investment, finance and development following graduation.

He is a native of Austin, TX, who transplanted to Chicago in 2019. With a love of Architecture, design and finance, Chicago was a logical move.

His background includes years of experience in corporate commercial architecture for both large and small scale clients, such Google, PMA, and Dell.

The membership in CoreNet is of particular excitement for him because of his affinity towards networking and industry involvement.

On the weekends, Cody can be found working on woodworking projects and spending time exploring new Chicago neighborhoods with his partner Anna.