Oct. 1 deadline coming for three REEF scholarships


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REALTORS® applying for the Past President’s Scholarship, the Roxanne Malo Scholarship and the Margery D. Shinners Scholarship should submit their applications, letters of recommendation and any other materials so they arrive in by Oct. 1.

Send your scholarship materials to: The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 2607, Springfield, IL 62708.

The Past Presidents Scholarship is for Illinois REALTORS® – and Illinois residents – who want to pursue the: Certified Residential Broker (CRB); Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS); Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM); Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI undergraduate only); or REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RACE) designation. Download the application.


The Roxanne Malo Leadership Scholarship Fund is for individuals wishing to further their education through leadership training in a real estate related field. Scholarship grants may also be awarded for leadership training by: a junior college, college or university; the Illinois REALTORS®; the National Association of REALTORS®, its institutes, councils or societies; a local Chamber of Commerce; the American Society of Association Executives or similar organizations. Download the application.


Margery D. Shinners Scholarship was established for women wishing to study association management. Scholarships will be awarded for training programs offered by: the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); Chicago Forum; the Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE); the Illinois REALTORS®; the National Association of REALTORS®; or a higher educational institution. Download the application.

Illinois REEF gives $30K in college scholarships for upcoming school year

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The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) announced 28 winners of college scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. The total amount distributed to those recipients is $30,000.

The recipients of the REALTORS® 2017 Academic Scholarship are:

  • Ashley Polluck, Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL; and
  • Kadestrick Russell, Joseph Business School in Forest Park, IL.

The winner of the 2017 Morgan L. Fitch Scholarship is Nathan MaCatty, a student at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.

The beneficiary of the 2017 Thomas F. Seay Scholarship is Orian Shkrobut, a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Four students will receive 2017 Richard D. Wiegers Scholarships:

  • Megan Brackett, University of Illinois in Champaign;
  • Brad Franke, University of Illinois, Springfield;
  • Brandi Moore, University of Illinois, Springfield; and
  • John Parise, University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.

Twenty students will receive 2017 James Kinney Scholarships:

  • Taylor Badger, University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI;
  • Emily Caparelli, Portland State University, Portland, OR;
  • Jacob Doehring, Parkland College in Champaign, IL;
  • Alexandria Epperson, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL;
  • Kimberly Feeney, Heartland Community College, Normal, IL;
  • Alexandria Fegan, Saint Mary’s College, South Bend, IN;
  • Gerhyrah Grant-Berry, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL;
  • Kathryn Haynes, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA;
  • Grace Herr, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO;
  • Nicholas Huber, Washington University, St Louis, MO;
  • Michael Kolbus, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN;
  • Nicholas Kolbus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
  • Amanda Lading, Maryville University, St Louis, MO;
  • Peyton Matthews, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL;
  • Chelsea Mertz, Aurora University, Aurora, IL;
  • Alyssa Meadowcroft, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL;
  • Bobby Mills, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL;
  • Tori Sayles, Bradley University, Peoria, IL;
  • Jessica Wirtz, Loyola University, Chicago, IL; and
  • Jordan Wirtz, Rush University, Chicago, IL.

REEF scholarship winners attend ROTY banquet

2016 REEF Scholarship recipients (l to r) Brad Franke, Alanna Kozar, Tori Londrigan, Madaline Sale and Lillian Harris attended the ROTY Banquet Tuesday in Springfield. (Photo by Terry Farmer)

Attending the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet Tuesday night at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield were five college students who received 2016 scholarships from the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

The students were:

  • Brad Franke, University of Illinois at Springfield (Springfield, IL) Richard Wiegers Scholarship;
  • Lillian Harris, Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) Thomas Seay Scholarship;
  • Alanna Kozar, Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO), Jim Kinney Scholarship;
  • Tori Londrigan, Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) , Jim Kinney Scholarship; and
  • Madaline Sale, Miami University (Miami, OH), Jim Kinney Scholarship.

In 2016, REEF gave $52,800 in scholarships to 65 recipients.

Watch later this year for the announcement of 2017 academic scholarship winners.


Joy, respect, dedication key parts of Miller ROTY success story

Doug Carpenter bestows the REALTOR of the Year honors on Sue Miller Tuesday in Springfield. (Photo by Terry Farmer)

As Sue Miller accepted the 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year award Tuesday night in Springfield, she thanked every colleague in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum for their support and their shared passion for helping others through real estate.

“As I stand before you tonight receiving this amazing recognition,” said the managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in McHenry, “I feel your love and I am committed to making this industry better. Thank you for this recognition.”

A previous winner of the Illinois REALTORS Distinguished Service Award, Miller encouraged others with her “simple” life philosphies:

  • “If you stop learning, you stop living.”
  • “Love unconditionally and expect nothing less in return.”
  • “Live each day as if it were your last.”

She served two terms as president of her local association and was twice honored as local REALTOR® of the Year.

At the state level, Miller has served a total of 11 years on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors. An industry trainer as well as REALTOR®, she is committed to promoting education, ethics and professional development. She has served multiple terms as chair of the Education Working Group and is a long-time member of the REEF board of directors.

She is a “Sterling R” contributor to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and is one of a select few in the state who has been honored with the Illinois REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award. She has been active with the National Association of REALTORS®, is a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and is a past president of the Illinois Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists.

Twenty four local associations also celebrated their own REALTORS® of the Year.

  • Ayn Bartok of All In One Real Estate Company in Harrisburg is from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®.
  • Mac Boyd of Farmers National Company, Arcola, is ROTY for the Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®.
  • Laura Boyer of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Sycamore represents the Hometown Association of REALTORS®.
  • Eve Bremen of Coldwell Banker Residential in Glencoe is the ROTY for the North Shore Barrington Association of REALTORS®.
  • Rebekah Carlson of Next Realty, LLC in Skokie represents the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR).
  • Mark Coleman of Coleman Land Company in St. Charles represents the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley.
  • Patrick Dalessandro of Coachlight Realty in Niles represents the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.
  • Susan Gant of RE/MAX Executives Plus in Decatur represents the Decatur Association of REALTORS®.
  • Andrea Greenwalt of Janko Realty & Development in Peru is the REALTOR® of the Year for the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® (IVAR).
  • Julie Heltne of RE/MAX Signature Properties in O’Fallon represents the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois.
  • Regen Johnson of Ruhl & Ruhl REALTORS® in Davenport, Iowa represents the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association.
  • Wayne Kurchina of ILrealty, Inc., Kurchina & Associates in McHenry is the Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO) ROTY.
  • Michelle Largent of RE/MAX Traders Unlimited in Peoria is the ROTY for the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®.
  • Martin Lipa of Priority One, Belgium is the ROTY for the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®.
  • Alice McMahon of Reichert Realtors® – Nickel Group in Oak Park represents the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®.
  • Michael D. Oldenettel of RE/MAX Professionals, Springfield represents the Capital Area REALTORS®.
  • Sharon Pratt of RE/MAX River Bend in Alton represents the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®.
  • Hugh Rider of Realty & Mortgage County, Chicago represents the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.
  • Alex Ruggieri of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign is being honored by the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®.
  • Anne Sadler of Choice Realty in Freeport represents the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois.
  • Brad Shields of Dickerson & Nieman in Rockford represents the Rockford Area REALTORS®.
  • Jim Sim of Oak Leaf Realty in Peotone represents the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®.
  • Dan Slagell of RE/MAX Choice, Bloomington is being honored by the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®.
  • Chris Wilbur of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bradley represents the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®.

Another trio celebrated at June 6 ROTY banquet

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Wayne Kurchina, Laura Boyer and Andrea Greenwalt.

Sue Miller

The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on June 6. The guest of honor will be Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Here are some details about the three local winners mentioned above:

Wayne Kurchina of ILrealty, Inc., Kurchina & Associates in McHenry will represent the Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO). Kurchina served Heartland in many capacities, including local organization president in 2016. He’s been on the Illinois REALTORS® Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee for three years. He is broker-owner of ILrealty, Inc. Kurchina & Associates.

Laura Boyer of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Sycamore will represent the Hometown Association of REALTORS®. Boyer has served as Hometown president, on its Social Public Relations Committee. She won the Lamplighter Award and the 2016 Eddy Award. This RPAC Major Investor is a Hometown director and serves on the DeKalb Schools Facility/Finance Advisory Committee.

Andrea Greenwalt of Janko Realty & Development in Peru and will be the REALTOR® of the Year for the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® (IVAR). She is the Illini Valley president, coaches at Tonica schools and volunteers at the Illinois Valley Peru PADS Shelter.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the fourth in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, second and third stories.)