Reginald L. Ollie Inclusion and Outreach Scholarship Information

The BOMA/Chicago Foundation's Reginald L. Ollie Inclusion and Outreach Scholarship (Ollie Scholarship) is designed to enable individuals currently working in the commercial real estate industry who are members of historically underrepresented groups to achieve professional development through completion of the RPA designation.

The Ollie Scholarship is awarded once per year and includes the $10,000 full tuition for recipients to earn the RPA designation. Recipients are honored at the annual Diversity Celebration fundraiser and are also paired with an experienced CRE mentor to gain one-on-one assistance with career planning and development.

Applications for 2020 Ollie Scholarship Due on February 7

The 2020 Ollie Scholarship application season is now open. Please review the below eligibility criteria (listed below) for this scholarship. If you meet these criteria, we invite you to apply! Please download the Ollie Scholarship packet containing the application and reference forms (note: forms must be submitted online using links in the packet). All parts of the application are due on Friday, February 7, 2020.

You can review the Ollie Scholarship application here. We also invite you to read a biography of the scholarship's namesake, Reginald L. Ollie, along with Ollie Scholar testimonials. Make sure to also read a great and informative blog article about the scholarship and the value of mentorships in CRE.

If you have any questions, please contact Jaclynne Madden, Director of Education, at jmadden@bomachicago.org or call (312) 870-9608.

Ollie Scholarship Informational Conference Call: Join us on January 9 at 2 p.m. for our Ollie Scholarship informational phone call. Our Scholarship Committee Chairs, Joe Sherman (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Teresa Amaro (CBRE), along with our 2017 Ollie Scholar, Lily Leon (JLL), will join the call to answer questions and talk about the scholarship. If you plan to join the call, please contact Jaclynne Madden, Director of Education, at jmadden@bomachicago.org for the conference line information.


Ollie Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  •     Belong to an underrepresented group; underrepresented professionals are classified as: racial, ethnic, LGBTQ and disabled
  •     Must have a minimum of two years of experience in the commercial real estate industry
  •     Must be at least 21 years old
  •     Have taken three or less RPA/FMA designation classes prior to applying for the scholarship
  •     Completion of at least one year of college level courses at a college/university and earned a GPA of 2.5/4.0 or 3.5/5
  •     Completion of the application, along with submission of all attachments and references, by February 7 
  •     Available to interview with the Scholarship Committee on the morning of February 20

Previous Ollie Scholarship Recipients

2019: Karen Le
2018: Christina Perez
2017: Lily Leon
2016: Ebony Andry; earned her RPA in 2018
2016: Dominique Garrett-Flowers
2015: Shenica Collins and Marissa Rosado
2014: Yordanos Ghdey and Angela Oh; earned their RPAs in 2016
2013: Kristine Sorenson; earned her RPA in 2014
2011: Marisol Olvera
2010: Dina Wagner and Rosalia Leal
2009: Carlos Chavez
2008: Jennifer Majerus; earned her RPA in 2013
2007: Angel Brown; earned her RPA in 2010
2006: Myrna Agosto