Bob Bruss Community College Real Estate Scholarship Information

The Chancellorís Office is pleased to announce the funding of two new scholarships in memory of two much-respected community college real estate instructors, Bob Bruss and Dennis McKenzie. Robert Bruss, Esq. was a long-time real estate law instructor at the College of San Mateo. He was a nationally syndicated real estate columnist and adviser who counseled countless real estate buyers and sellers and educated the public and his students on real estate law issues. He graduated from Northwestern University with a business degree and received his law degree from UC Hastings College of Law.

Dennis McKenzie was a unique and gifted lecturer, author and consultant in the real estate industry. His students held him in highest esteem, and his seminars remained in demand. He taught real estate at the College of the Redwoods and retired from teaching in 2008. During his teaching career he continued to lecture and teach real estate seminars throughout the state and authored many books on the subjects of real estate and economics. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Business and earned two Masters Degrees in Business and in Economics.

The Chancellorís Office has received contributions to fund 2 scholarships in Bob Brussí name for the 2008-09 academic year in the amount of $800 each as well as 2 scholarships in Dennis McKenzieís name for the 2008-09 academic year for $800 each also. The application period is January 26, 2009 to March 31, 2009. The Financial Aid Office or Scholarship Office must determine eligibility and forward eligible applications and any necessary supporting documents to the Chancellorís Office to be received by April 7, 2009.

The respective scholarship guidelines lists the eligibility criteria.

The scholarship application period is set for January 26, 2009-March 31, 2009 by which students must submit their Bob Bruss or Dennis McKenzie Community College Real Estate Scholarship Application to their local community college Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office must determine eligibility and forward the Real Estate Scholarship Invoice to Richard Quintana, Student Financial Assistance Programs, Chancellorís Office, to be received by April 7, 2009.

In order to facilitate the processing of the scholarship applications, it is necessary that verification of the applicantís Real Estate major, the first 3 unit Real Estate class completion and a copy of the current academic year term real estate course enrollment verification accompany the Scholarship Application. Additionally, the Scholarship Invoice and a copy of the letter of recommendation and the one page statement on the real estate topic must be submitted to the Chancellorís Office on or before the deadline date.

The scholarship selection committee of the Community College Real Estate Endowment Fund Advisory Committee will review all applications and select 2 recipients of the Bob Bruss Real Estate Scholarship and 2 recipients of the Dennis McKenzie Real Estate Scholarship by the end of April, 2009.

Upon receipt of the names of the recipients, the Chancellorís Office will submit a claim for payment to the State Controller. The State Controllers Office will mail the check to the college within four to six weeks after it receives the claim.

Students who applied for and were awarded a 2008-09 Community College Real Estate Endowment Fund Scholarship in an amount of $800 are eligible to apply for the Bob Bruss OR Dennis McKenzie Scholarships provided they meet eligibility criteria and have remaining unmet financial need.

Action Requested: Please publicize the availability of the Bob Bruss and Dennis McKenzie Community College Real Estate Scholarships to all interested students. You may duplicate as many copies of the Scholarship Application and Guidelines as needed.

Contact: Please contact Richard Quintana, Student Financial Assistance Programs Specialist, Chancellorís Office at or (916) 324-0925 if you have any questions.