High school seniors interested in pursuing careers in a trade, craft or as a technician have less than two weeks to submit an application for the Parker R. Oldenettel Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year.

The deadline is April 1 at the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) office in Springfield. Get your application now.

A scholarship fund was created after the death of 21-year-old Parker R. Oldenettel, the son of Illinois REALTORS® Past President Michael D. Oldenettel and his wife, Lori. Parker was a 2018 graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, making the Dean’s List with a degree in Agriculture and Diesel Technologies.

The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, room, board and materials at U.S. trade schools, technical schools, community colleges, universities, colleges of further education, institutes of technology and polytechnic institutes. The number of scholarships and the amount of each scholarship (up to $1,000) will be determined by the foundation.

Applicants must be Illinois residents who are children or grandchildren of:

  • REALTOR® associates in good standing or
  • Employees of a local Illinois REALTOR® association, the Illinois REALTORS® or the National Association of REALTORS®.

REEF is a not-for-profit organization established to aid and promote the work of real estate education throughout Illinois. The foundation is supported by voluntary contributions from organizations and individuals who recognize the importance of furthering academic experience and training in the real estate industry in Illinois.

Other scholarships with April 1 deadlines

REEF offers several other scholarships with April 1 deadlines. They include the: Richard “Dick” Wiegers Scholarship, James M. Kinney Scholarship, George Patt Scholarship, Academic Scholarship, Morgan L. Fitch Scholarship and Thomas F. Seay Scholarship. For applications, go to ilreef.org/scholarship/.

Since 2000, REEF has awarded more than $660,000 in scholarships to real estate professionals and their families.