The MAR Scholarship Trust (MARST) fund provides scholarships to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are taking classes that will lead them to a real estate career. Students can receive up to $2000 per year from the fund. The application deadline is July 1 for the following academic school year.
MARST trustees actually oversee and administer two MARST funds: the Russel A. Pointer Fund and the Barney Harkins Scholarship & Educational Fund.
Russel A. Pointer (1897-1971) served the real estate profession for more than forty years. He was an adviser and counselor to both the Michigan Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® real estate education programs. Pointer served as past president of MAR (1950) and the Saginaw Board of REALTORS® (1951). He also served as a NAR director and as executive director of the Real Estate Extension Program at the University of Michigan.
The Barney Harkins (1893-1986) Fund was established in 1976 through the generosity of Barney Harkins, an active real estate professional in Washtenaw County from 1915 to 1975. He was instrumental in founding the Ann Arbor Board of REALTORS® in 1919, served as president five times, served as president of the Michigan Association of REALTORS® and was one of the first REALTORS® to be named “REALTOR® Emeritus” by the National Association of REALTORS® .
The MARST program continues to grow. Many local associations and individuals have made a commitment to MARST. Trustees hope that they can help even more people reach their goals of Becoming REALTORS® next year.
Contact MAR at 800.454.7842, to make a tax-deductible donation. You can also make a donation in the memory of a family member or friend.
MAR’s REALTOR® of the Year award is the highest honor bestowed upon a Michigan REALTOR®. It stands for integrity, individual achievement and perhaps the greatest compliment, recognition from peers in the real estate industry. The award is presented to the winner at the MAR’s Annual Convention & Expo.
Past Winners Include:
2011 - Marie Gamber - Down River Association of REALTORS®
2010 - Beth Graham - Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®
2009 - Scott Griffith - Livingston County Association of REALTORS®
2008 - Joseph Banyai - Commercial Board of REALTORS®
2007 - Nanci J. Rands - Metropolitan Consolidated Association of REALTORS®
2006 - Terry Westbrook - Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®
2005 - Sheri Fricke - Down River Association of REALTORS®
2004 - Pete Cornell - Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®
2003 - Furhad Waquad - Metropolitan Consolidated Association of
2002 - Pat Vredevoogd Combs - Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®
MAR's REALTOR® Active in Politics Award recognizes a member that has gone above and beyond the norm in serving the REALTOR® profession in the political arena. The award is presented to the winner at the MAR’s Annual Convention & Expo.
Past Winners Include:
2011 - Carol Griffith - Livingston County Association of REALTORS®
2010 - Margaret O’Brien - Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS®
2009- Sheri Sutherby-Fricke - Down River Association of REALTORS®
2008- Ken Carlson - Paul Bunyan Association of REALTORS®
2007- Dan Coffey - Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS®
2006 - Dave Maturen, Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS®
2005 - Matt Davis - Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS®
2004 - John Collison, Metropolitan Consolidated Association of REALTORS®
2003 - Gil White, Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®
2002 - Furhad Waquad, Metropolitan Consolidated Association of REALTORS®