DREAM Scholarship Promotes Diversity in Real Estate

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Jim Connor, President and CEO, Duke Realty. Photo by Jennifer Wolfe.

Duke Realty is the sponsor of a new scholarship program, offered through Roosevelt University in Chicago, that aims to prepare women and minority students for success in the real estate industry. Jim Connor, President and CEO of Duke Realty and an advisory board member of Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, advocated for this innovative program.

“We are committed at Duke Realty to promoting diversity and excellence in our workplaces and being a leader in this important area for the overall industry,” said Connor. “We see this partnership with Roosevelt as an opportunity to expand on this commitment, particularly with an eye toward helping those who have a keen interest in industrial real estate.”

Duke Realty has been a leader in promoting diversity in the real estate industry. The DREAM Fund—which stands for Duke Realty Fund for Education and Advancement of Minorities and Women in Real Estate—is part of an ongoing initiative by Duke Realty to educate and recruit women and minorities for leadership positions in the real estate industry.

The first four scholarships will be offered this September to graduate students in Roosevelt’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate. The four Roosevelt students will receive $5,000 scholarships toward their real estate degrees, and each recipient will be mentored by a Duke Realty senior executive and considered for internship opportunities at Duke Realty in Chicago. After graduating, DREAM scholars will be kept aware of career opportunities at Duke Realty offices nationwide.

The company will also present case studies during Roosevelt real estate classes and sponsor an annual luncheon for DREAM scholars, alumni, mentors, and leaders.

“Not only will our Duke Realty scholars receive help while they are at Roosevelt, but they will also be well-positioned for career success after they graduate,” said Jon B. DeVries, who directs the institute. “This is an amazing opportunity for both our students and our program.”

More information on the Roosevelt University scholarship is available here.