Recognizing that its members deserve leaders who are knowledgeable and well prepared, the South Carolina REALTORS® coordinates a statewide leadership training program called the SCR Leadership Academy.

Class of 2020

Through this program, SCR trains emerging REALTOR® leaders so that they may exert a positive influence on the future of SCR, their Local Boards/Associations, their industry and communities.

The participants work together in a training course of five retreats that combine presentations, group activities and project planning. Sessions include the development of leadership skills, team-building exercises, goal setting, personal profile analysis, communication, ethical decision-making…and much more.

2024 Retreats

Session 1


Welcome to the SCR Leadership Academy · Charleston, SC

In this session participants will be introduced to the SCR Leadership Academy  and learn its history. An overview of the class will discuss upcoming sessions, committee application processes, expectations/responsibilities, and class outcomes.

Participants will engage with key SCR staff to discuss how SCR leads the real estate industry and the importance of a “members first” mentality when proposing statewide initiatives.

You’ll participate in engaging team-building exercises to get to know your fellow classmates and take a deep dive into leadership communications with in in-depth class on professionalism, business etiquette, and the skill of polish.

Session 2


How SCR Leads Real Estate at the Statehouse · Columbia, SC

SCR prides itself on advocating for home ownership and the rights of homeowners. In this session, leadership academy participants are exposed to how SCR utilizes its resources to advocate for homeownership and REALTORS®.

Participants will have access and information to the inner workings of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and the REALTOR® Party; a bi-partisan political advocacy group. There will also be exposure to effective lobbying techniques and how to best represent issues concerning real estate to elected officials.

After visiting the statehouse, visit the SCR headquarters with your classmates. Hear from SCR leaders who will share their leadership journey.

  • Active Listening
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leading Vs Managing

Session 3


Meet with NAR Staff and SC members of Congress · Washington, DC

The goal is to take a deep dive on all things NAR, meeting with key staff and leaders. Gain an understanding of how the committee process works at NAR, how to volunteer, and the mechanics of the organization.  Why is it important to participate at a national level. Class members will also meet with members of congress.

Session 4


Becoming a Better Spokesperson at Buckridge Plantation · Orangeburg, SC

Knowing what to say and how to say it can be difficult; especially if you don’t know why you are being asked to say it! This session is dedicated to training participants in the fundamentals of spokesperson training.

Session 5


Building Your Legacy: Taking the Next Steps in Your Leadership Journey | SCR Annual Conference · TBA

Participants will attend the SCR Annual Conference.

Everyone is unique and has their own goals and definition for success. The final session of the leadership academy focuses on next steps and future goals of each participant. After being exposed to SCR’s expectations of leadership and the internal workings of the association at the national level, each leadership participant will be asked to critically analyze their next steps within the association.

Thanks for your interest in the SCR Leadership Academy. We are no longer accepting applications for 2024.

Check back in 2025.

Please note: You may only apply for ONE of the following scholarships. Please DO NOT apply for both.

Diversity Scholarship

Mission Statement 

  • The Diversity Leadership Academy scholarship exists to create and sustain an inclusive culture at South Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) that embraces diversity in leadership positions. This scholarship seeks to acknowledge inequities and barriers to securing leadership positions within the organization and eliminate potential cost barriers for qualified recipients. This scholarship honors Realtors who seek to become leaders and use their diverse perspective to address inequities and underrepresentation in real estate.

What will the scholarship  include?  

  • Up to five (5) Realtors will be selected to have their full tuition covered. Currently the tuition is $1500 per student.


  • Must be a primary member of SCR (in good standing) 
  • Must complete leadership academy application 
  • Must answer two essay questions 
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation 

YPN Scholarship

Mission Statement 

  • The Young Professionals Network (YPN) was created to empower entry level real estate professionals to become more business savvy and gain the leadership skills necessary to excel in their careers. The YPN Scholarship exists to support a member who best exemplifies the characteristics needed to excel as a Realtor and YPN leader. This scholarship honors Realtors who seek to become leaders and use their platforms to provide perspectives on generational shifts and build a stronger connection with the real estate industry through networking opportunities and professional development.

What will the scholarship  include?  

  • One Realtor will be selected to have their full tuition covered for the SCR Leadership Academy. Currently the tuition is $1500 per student.


  • Must be a primary member of SCR in good standing
  • Must hold membership on an NAR recognized YPN Chapter
  • Must complete the full leadership academy application 
  • Must answer two essay questions
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation