Path to Diversity Scholarship Program

The Path to Diversity Scholarship Program recognizes existing industry professionals who are seeking to advance their careers through continuing education. Recipients receive a voucher to cover course registration fees, up to a maximum of $2,000, for popular MBA Education courses and designation programs. This education opportunity enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.

Scholarships awarded under the Path to Diversity program can also be used towards six upcoming MBA Conferences where attendees can obtain Continuing Professional Education (CPE), Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) credits. For the full list of eligible MBA conferences, see the qualified listing of courses and programs below. 

MBA recognizes that a strong, responsible and sustainable real estate finance industry requires a workforce that is reflective of our society at large. 

Congratulations to the Path to Diversity Scholarship recipients who received funds during our 2020 Fiscal Year (from October 2019 - September 2020)!

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Application Requirements and Eligibility

A completed application requires a resume, personal statement and a letter of recommendation from a current MBA member in one of the following groups:

  • Supervisor/Organization Leadership
  • CMB (specifically for CMB applicants)
  • NAAMBA (NAMMBA - National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America)
  • State/Local MBA
  • Future Leaders Alumni (specifically for Future Leaders applicants)
  • mPact, mPower, D&I committees (D&I Advisory Committee or Online Community)

In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Is part of one or more of the following under-represented groups: 
    • Non-white or bi-racial
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender
    • Female
  • Is currently employed by an MBA member firm or state MBA member firm that are current on their dues with MBA.
  • Has worked a minimum of two years in the mortgage industry, or has broad experience in a related field with some focus in real estate finance, or has post-high school education related to the real estate finance industry, to include training to obtain a license, company-sponsored training, or MBA or other professional education

Review Timeline and Evaluation Process

Applications are accepted on a monthly, rolling basis subject to the availability of funds. Scholarship award amounts are based on the selected course registration. Individuals are eligible to receive up to three awards during their careers, with no more than one award provided per calendar year.  

Applications received by the 15th of the month will be reviewed within that month by MBA's Path to Diversity Scholarship Award Task Force. Applicants will receive an "Acceptance" or "Denial" email no later than 30 days after the end of the month in which the application was reviewed. If you are denied, you may reapply at any time.

In order to be accepted, applicants must receive a minimum score of 75 points out of a total of 100. Applications are scored by:

  • Personal Statement: 50 points
  • Letter of Recommendation: 50 points

Applicants who are U.S. Military Veterans or who are disabled will receive 5 bonus points.

Qualified Courses and Programs

Accepted applicants may use their education funds on any of the following:

Mortgage Bankers Association Conferences* 
*Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease epidemic, please check our dedicated resource page for updates on conference availability. 

  • Human Resources Symposium (SHRM) 
  • Regulatory Compliance Conference (CLE) 
  • Accounting and Financial Management Conference (CPE) 
  • Servicing Solutions Conference & Expo (CLE) 
  • Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference (CLE) 
  • Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference (CPE) 

Professional Certificates & Designations


Residential: General

Residential: Loan Production

Residential: Loan Administration



Why Donate?

This scholarship is fully funded by our members. It simply would not be possible without your support! Join your industry peers who are already committed to supporting this important scholarship.

As a donor, your company will receive the following:

  • Company listed in scholarship fund press release
  • Company logo on the MBA’s Path to Diversity web page and program materials
  • Recognition on MBA’s social media platforms

In 2020 MBA awarded 192 scholarships totaling more than $165,000!

"This program is part of MBA's commitment to promote diversity and inclusion in attracting and developing industry talent and operates in furtherance of MBA's tax-exempt purposes, including but not limited to the purposes of "meeting the educational needs of the real estate finance industry by making available a range of educational products and services, developing more efficient mechanisms for their delivery and performing such other activities, consistent with the Association's tax-exempt status, as are necessary and appropriate to achieve the foregoing;" Article III, Sections (e) and (i) of the MBA Bylaws,as amended through August 2018."

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