AIERF is an organization that is often overlooked given that a lot of young professionals do not view appraising as a lucrative career path. The problem with that mindset is that appraising is one if not the most important aspect of real estate given the importance of effectively understanding the valuation of real estate properties. Because of this I would advise a lot of young professionals to at least learn about
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<span style="color: #e30450;">Gabriel Lazcano/</span><span style="color: #333333;">Clemson University</span>

“My decision to go to graduate school was over 20 years in the making, but it only took a minute to decide once I knew it would be in real estate. Given my experience and passion for the industry I felt the course work would be compelling and engaging, but not overwhelming. The real challenge would be paying for
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<span style="color: #e30450;">Graduate Student/</span><span style="color: #333333;">University of Denver</span>

The cost of the classes and travel costs, coupled with lost income due to missed time at work, can be a financial burden. The opportunity to receive a scholarship is certainly worth the time to apply, to potentially alleviate a portion of the costs.
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<span style="color: #e30450;">AI Candidate for Designation/</span><span style="color: #333333;">Ohio</span>

The AIERF (formerly AIET) has long been a source of scholarships to assist undergrads, graduate students and candidates/affiliates in pursuit of their higher education goals. We are proud of this tradition of using funds donated by AI professionals and others to further the goals of the Appraisal Institute.
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<span style="color: #e30450;">David W Riach, MAI/2018 Chair, AIERF Board of Directors</span>

I decided to apply because I am pursuing a career in appraisal after I graduate with a master’s degree in real estate. The scholarship seemed like a great opportunity since it is focused on my career path. Also, the application requirements were not too time intensive, so it was easy for me to write the easy and attain letters of recommendation without interfering with my busy school and work schedule.
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<span style="color: #e30450;">Ashley Zubizarreta/</span><span style="color: #333333;">Texas A & M University</span>

As the scholarship is targeted to the field I am pursuing, and because the minority groups to which I belong are underrepresented in this field, I felt compelled to apply: I believed that I had a reasonably good chance of an award since my character, scholastic achievements and work experience qualify me. I also applied for the AIET general graduate scholarship.
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<span style="color: #e30450;">Graduate Student/</span><span style="color: #333333;">Florida International University</span>

I am incredibly grateful that AI provides such opportunity and encourages those in the field to continue their education. I also appreciate the establishment of the diversity scholarship and what that represents in the real estate community. I am very grateful to AI and the real estate community, which has proven to me its generosity of time, spirit, and fostering the next generation.
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<span style="color: #e30450;">Kristina Krone/</span><span style="color: #333333;">University of Colorado @ Boulder</span>