Buy ROTY Banquet tickets now for June 6 event

Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Sue Miller

The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the 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.

Among those being honored are:

Dan Slagell of RE/MAX Choice, Bloomington is being honored by the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®. He’s served as a member of REALTOR® Land Institute, a state committee member and for many years on several local committees. He holds Certified Agent Real Estate Investor (CARI) and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designations.

Michael Oldenettel of RE/MAX Professionals, Springfield will represent the Capital Area REALTORS®. He is an RPAC Hall of Famer, has served as Illinois REALTORS® 2013 president and Jacksonville Area Association of REALTORS® president. He serves as a Capital Area and NAR director and on local, state and national committees.

Mac Boyd of Farmers National Company, Arcola, is ROTY for the Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®. Boyd, who died last December, was an RPAC Hall of Famer, three-time chair of Illinois REALTORS® Political Fundraising Committee, member of the association’s board of directors and chair of the Professional Standards Committee. He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of Illinois farmland.

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


As April 1 app deadline nears, past REEF scholarship winners thankful

Less than 10 days remain for Illinois REALTORS® and their college-aged sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters to fill out applications and supporting documents for six Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) scholarships with April 1 application deadlines.

The scholarships affected are the:

  • James M. Kinney Scholarship;
  • Richard “Dick” Wiegers Scholarship;
  • Academic Scholarship;
  • Thomas F. Seay Scholarship;
  • Morgan L. Fitch Scholarship; and the
  • George Patt Scholarship Fund.

As the deadline nears for those aiming for 2017-18 scholarships, two recipients of the James M. Kinney Scholarships for 2016-17 say the financial assistance has been helpful during their first year of college.


Cole Cunningham of Danville says: “The scholarship awarded to me by the Real Estate Educational Foundation has helped me pursue my goal of becoming a medical doctor in various ways. The most prominent of which is the subsidization of the cost of textbooks that are essential for my coursework. Currently, I am a first-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Neuroscience.”


Madeline Sale of Chatham says: “I am very grateful to have received the 2016-2017 James M. Kinney Scholarship. The money I received helped me pay for my tuition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I will soon be completing my freshman year as a biology major with a comparative religion minor. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school to become a physician’s assistant. On campus, I am involved in Pre-PA Club, MedLIfe, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a leadership fraternity and a small church group. During my time left at Miami, I plan to study abroad in Europe and to participate in a medical mission trip through MedLife. The James M. Kinney Scholarship has assisted me as I explore these interests and begin planning for the future.”

REALTORS® who want to apply for REEF scholarships or who have children or grandchildren that want to apply for the Kinney scholarship should visit this page for more information.

Oct. 1 deadline looms for three REEF scholarships

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Illinois REALTORS® applying for three scholarships through the Illinois Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF) must complete their applications and submit them by Oct. 1.

The deadline applies to the Dan Bock Scholarship, the Past Presidents Scholarship and the Roxanne Malo Leadership Scholarship. Applications for a fourth scholarship, the Rich Port Scholarship, are received on an ongoing basis without a deadline.

New in 2016 — Dan Bock Scholarship

Following the death of Lincoln-area REALTOR® Dan Bock in April 2015, the Dan Bock Scholarship was established on June 20 this year. It’s designed to help licensed REALTORS® who have their GRI Designation to attend the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of Illinois. The maximum award is $500. Get the application.

Past Presidents Scholarship

Illinois REALTORS® who are pursuing their Certified Residential Broker (CRB), Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Commercial Investment Member(CCIM) or REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) designations can qualify for up to $500 in scholarships to cover tuition, reimbursement for actual expenses incurred, including hotel expenses and meals. Get the application.

Roxane Malo Leadership Scholarship

Illinois REALTORS® who want to expand their leadership skills in a real estate related field can use scholarships to further their education at a junior college, college or university. The maximum award amount is $500. Get the application.

Rich Port Scholarship has no deadline

Those pursuing the GRI designation can apply for the Rich Port Scholarship and receive up $300 for tuition and reimbursement of actual expenses. Applications are ongoing with no deadline. To be eligible, applicants must be licensed as real estate agent for a year, work in Illinois and must be an Illinois resident. They must also complete the first 30 hours of GRI. Get the application.


Deadline for several REEF educational scholarships is Oct. 1

Since 2000, the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) has awarded scholarships totaling $450,000 to students of real estate and related fields of study. Oct. 1, 2015 is the application deadline for three scholarships: the Rich Port Scholarship, the Past Presidents Scholarship and the Roxane Malo Leadership Scholarship.

  • Rich Port Scholarship – This scholarship helps licensed real estate agents in Illinois attend the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of Illinois.
  • Past Presidents Scholarship – This scholarship is for Illinois residents and members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® to pursue their GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute), CRB (Certified Residential Broker), CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist), CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), or RCE (REALTOR® Association Certified Executive) designation.
  • Roxane Malo Leadership Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to one or more selected individual(s) for the continuation and expansion of their leadership skills in a real estate related field.

Click here to download an application. Learn more about these and other Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation scholarships at

REEF announces 26 college scholarship winners

The not-for-profit Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) announced 26 winners of academic scholarships for the 2015-16 school year, worth a total of $28,000.

Stacy Webber of Pesotum is the recipient of the 2015 Morgan L. Fitch Scholarship ($2,000), and will attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Angie Custer of Brighton is the recipient of the 2015 Thomas F. Seay Scholarship ($2,000) and will attend Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE.

The winner of the 2015 Academic Scholarship ($1,000) is Kelly VanMiddlesworth of Canton, who will attend the University of Illinois in Peoria. Megan Hayes of Mundelein is the 2015 winner of the Richard D. Wiegers Scholarship ($1,000) and will attend Illinois State University in Normal.

Twenty-two students won James M. Kinney Scholarships ($1,000 each):

  1. Derrick Anderson of Peoria will go to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb;
  2. Taylor Badger of Springfield will go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  3. Brittany Bentley of Springfield will attend Quincy University in Quincy;
  4. Austen Bozarth of Normal will go to Millikin University in Decatur;
  5. Paul Briney of Macomb will go to Quincy University;
  6. Bailey Brown of McHenry will go to Carroll University of Waukesha, WI;
  7. Chloe Brown of McHenry will go to Carroll University;
  8. Timothy Bryan of Cary will go to Northern Illinois University;
  9. Brandon Harrington of Chicago will go to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA;
  10. Sarah Herr of Bloomington will go to Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH;
  11. Hannah Huber of Elmwood will attend St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA;
  12. Jacinda Kauffmann of Woodstock will go to the University of Illinois-Chicago;
  13. Devon Leitschuh of Greenville will go to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville;
  14. Dylan Londrigan of Springfield will go to the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign;
  15. Peyton Matthews of Litchfield will go to Illinois State University in Normal;
  16. Vincent Parise of Lemont will attend the University of Illinois-Chicago;
  17. Matthew Pilmer of Aurora will go to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities;
  18. Lauren Trimmel of Chicago is going to Elmhurst College in Elmhurst;
  19. Riley Turasky of Springfield will go the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville;
  20. Gabriel Urbance of Springfield will go to the University of Missouri-Columbia, MO;
  21. Haylee White of Sapulpa, OK, will go to Hastings College in Hastings, NE; and
  22. Jasmine Wissinger of Plainfield will go to the University of Tampa in Tampa, FL.

REEF was established in 1970 to aid and promote real estate education throughout Illinois. REEF is supported through voluntary contributions of those who recognize the importance of furthering academic experience and training in the real estate industry in Illinois. The scholarship winners will have their scholarship funds sent to the college or university of their choice to defray costs each semester during 2015-16.

Scholarship awards are awarded each year by the foundation to students of real estate and related fields of study at colleges and universities inside and outside of Illinois, to candidates of the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of Illinois program, and to those furthering their knowledge in the field of association management and leadership.