CREW Network Foundation Awards 25 Scholarships to Commercial Real Estate Students

July 14, 2021
Written by: CREW Network

Scholarship program has awarded more than $1.14 million to female college students pursuing commercial real estate careers


Lawrence, Kansas, USA – Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation has selected 25 female college students to receive a total of $125,000 USD in scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. CREW Network Foundation’s scholarship program has awarded $1,147,500 USD to 196 female students at 99 universities across 36 states/provinces in the U.S. and Canada since 2008.

The scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. Each student will receive $5,000 USD (or the Canadian dollar equivalent) for tuition and books, a paid internship opportunity, a complimentary 18-month CREW Network student membership, and a complimentary registration to the 2021 CREW Network Convention, Sept. 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and held virtually.

“On behalf of our CREW Network Foundation leaders and supporters, it is a privilege and an honor to introduce the talented students who have been selected as our 2021 scholarship recipients,” said Jeanette Flory-Sagan, Founder and CEO of Cereus Asset Services, and 2021 CREW Network Foundation Chair. “In addition to the scholarship’s financial support, CREW Network’s global network will provide these women the opportunity to connect with industry experts and mentors, develop critical leadership skills, and gain knowledge and training that will open doors as they begin their careers upon graduation. These are the future leaders of our industry.”

Scholarship funds come from the Linda Hollemon Scholarship Endowment and personal, CREW Network chapter and corporate contributions. 

The 2021 scholars, listed with hometowns, universities and majors/areas of study, are:
 
Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye
 

Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Graduate | University of Minnesota
Focus of study: Environmental

Agyei-Boakye is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography with a focus on transportation and sustainability. She worked as a Regional Planner at East Alabama Regional Planning Commission and interned with Gonigs Inc., Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), and Vidaris Inc. in commercial real estate roles. Upon graduation, she aspires to advance sustainable investments by integrating sustainability and resilient transport infrastructure planning into commercial real estate.

 

Alexa Abrahamian
 

Alexa Abrahamian
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Graduate | University of Southern California
Focus of study: Land Use Planning and Zoning

Abrahamian is in her first year at USC working toward a Master of Urban Planning. She is currently completing an internship at Puget Sound Regional Council, focusing on regional land use planning and economic development in the Seattle area. Abrahamian has also earned two awards for her research on cultural spaces, which she presented at the American Planning Association's national conference. She aspires to use her urban planning education to increase access to commercial real estate for under-resourced communities. 
 

Christina Bejjani
 

Christina Bejjani
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Senior | University of Texas
Focus of study: Finance

Bejjani became involved in commercial real estate after starting her first internship at a small construction company, Texas Blue Topaz, her sophomore year of college. Bejjani is also working towards getting her real estate salesperson license in the state of Texas and is an active member of the real estate organization at UH. Bejjani aspires to specialize in multifamily development and investment. She realizes the importance of the knowledge that goes behind this type of career and believes that her coursework at UH, combined with her work experiences, have set a solid foundation to jump right into the industry upon graduation. 
 

Heather Bienstock
 

Heather Bienstock
Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut
Junior | New York University
Focus of study: Real Estate Development

Bienstock is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Real Estate at the Schack Institute of Real Estate and a Business Studies minor at the Stern School of Business at NYU. Since August 2020, she has been working as a residential real estate salesperson at Corcoran alongside her full course load. In addition, she worked as an investment sales intern at Meridian Capital for a duration of the spring. Bienstock also serves as Treasurer of the Real Estate Club. She aspires to incorporate commercial real estate and development into her career.
 

Caroline Blair
 

Caroline Blair
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Graduate | University of California - Berkeley
Focus of Study: Real Estate Development

Blair is beginning her graduate studies at University of California Berkeley's Masters in Real Estate Development + Design program. She has previously worked for CBRE as a project manager and for a general contractor specializing in multifamily construction in San Francisco. Upon graduation, Blair aspires to work as an urban developer.

 

Allison Evans
 

Allison Evans
Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois
Senior | Indiana University
Focus of study: Finance

Evans is a senior at Indiana University studying finance and real estate. She is an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at RBC Capital Markets and has served as the Co-President of the Real Estate Club and founded a Women in Real Estate Club. In the future, she aspires to work in private equity.

 

Anastasia Gillen
 

Anastasia Gillen
Hometown: San Clemente, California 
Graduate | Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Focus of study: Real Estate Development

Gillen is a Director of Asset Management at LivCor, where she oversees 15+ multifamily properties located in North Carolina and South Carolina. She was most recently with Greystar and previously spent four years with Redwood Capital Group where she was running a multifamily portfolio across multiple markets. Gillen has extensive experience in several markets and with various institutional partners. When not running real estate, Gillen is pursuing her MBA at Northwestern where she is majoring in finance with a focus on the real estate pathway. As an undergrad at Brown University, she was a soccer student-athlete. She is excited to continue following her passion in multifamily asset management. 

 

Shelby Horton
 

Shelby Horton
Hometown: Stoneburg, Texas
Senior | Texas A&M University
Focus of study: Architecture

Horton is in her senior year at Texas A&M University studying landscape architecture with a minor in art. She is currently interning for Dunaway Associates in Ft. Worth and has completed internships at Verdant and Land Design Group. As an aspiring licensed landscape architect, Horton aims to reinvigorate urban environments with sustainable landscapes.

 

Kaeley Ipson
 

Kaeley Ipson
Hometown: 
Graduate | Cornell University
Focus of study: Engineering

Ipson is a first-year graduate student at Cornell University studying engineering management, specializing in real estate and construction management. She has completed five internships in commercial real estate, working for Bohler Engineering, a civil engineering firm. Ipson has also served as President of the Civil Engineering Honor Society and has maintained an Undergraduate Resident Fellow leadership position. She aspires to eventually obtain her professional engineering license and to continue to work within the field of land development. 


 

Katherine Kaderabek
 

Katherine Kaderabek
Hometown: Mickleton, New Jersey
Senior | Catholic University of America
Focus of study: Architecture

Kaderabek is in her senior year as an Architecture student at The Catholic University of America. In addition to her major, she holds an English minor and is a proud, published author of Unravel by Kat Kade. She has worked as an architecture intern assisting on commercial renovations, which has sparked her interest in the field of commercial real estate.

 

Clara Kobashigawa
 

Clara Kobashigawa
Hometown: Lafayette, California
Senior | University of Washington
Focus of study: Market Research

Kobashigawa is a senior at the University of Washington studying communications and entrepreneurship.  She has worked as a marketing and DEI intern at multiple technology companies in the Seattle area. She is a UW tour guide, a FIG (first year interest group) leader, and hosts a podcast for the American Marketing Association. In 2020, she won the CREW Seattle Impact Award Scholarship. Kobashigawa took her interest to the next level by founding an alternative real estate company focused in afterlife services, raising $27,500 in funding in June 2021.

 

Si Wei Adeline Leung
 

Si Wei Adeline Leung
Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Senior | Berkeley University
Focus of Study: Architecture

Leung is a senior at University of California, Berkeley majoring in architecture with a minor in structural engineering. She has interned in architecture and engineering firms as well as in city government, and aspires to become a specialist in high performing, sustainable building and infrastructure design. 

 

Emily Mitra
 

Emily Mitra
Hometown: Kahului, Hawaii
Senior | California Baptist University
Focus of study: Construction Management/General Contracting

Mitra is one year away from completing her undergraduate degree in Construction Management at California Baptist University. Last summer, Mitra was a summer engineer intern with Goodfellow Bros. LLC, and in summer 2021 is working as an intern for the County of Maui Public Works Engineering Division. Mitra aspires to move back to Maui and work towards becoming a project manager and eventually start her own company renovating existing structures.

 

Lizbeth Nunez
 

Lizbeth Nunez
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Graduate | The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Focus of study: Real Estate Development

Nunez is an MBA student at The Wharton School, where she leads admissions and external affairs as vice president of the graduate real estate club. She is a Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center award recipient and a Bendheim Social Impact Fellow. Leveraging a background in finance and real estate leadership, she aspires to improve communities through development and investment. 

 

Julia Passante
 

Julia Passante
Hometwon: Norwood, New Jersey
Senior | New York University
Focus of study: Consulting/ Real Estate Development 

Passante is in her final year as a student-athlete at New York University. She is pursuing an undergraduate bachelor’s degree of Science in Real Estate through The Schack Institute of Real Estate. She is also earning a minor in Business Studies. She has worked as an intern in KeyBank’s renowned Real Estate Capital Division. She aspires to apply her knowledge and bring her leadership skills to an investment sales, consulting, development, or global corporate real estate role in the future. 

 

Hannah Perry
 

Hannah Perry
Hometown: Derry, New Hampshire
Senior | Wentworth Institute of Technology, University of Boston
Focus of study: Architecture

Perry is entering her senior year as a student at Wentworth Institute of Technology studying architecture. Working as an intern designer, she has completed two internships with Saam Architecture in Boston. Perry also serves as treasurer for her school’s chapter AIAS Freedom by Design Club. She aspires to become an architect and is most interested in sustainable design.

 

Vanessa Quezada
 

Vanessa Quezada
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Senior | University of Miami
Focus of study: Engineering

Quezada is in her senior year as a student at the University of Miami studying industrial engineering with a minor in economics and finance. She works part time as a real estate agent and as a building manager of six residential units. She aspires to one day have her own company incorporating what she is learned from engineering and finance to the real estate industry.

 

Caroline Scheuermann
 

Caroline Scheuermann
Hometown: Madisonville, Louisiana
Junior | Louisiana State University 
Focus of Study: Architecture

Scheuermann is approaching her final year as a student at Louisiana State University studying Architecture, with a minor in Architectural History. She currently holds a job as a project coordinator at Architectnix, a commercial design-build architecture firm alongside her rigorous coursework as a Bachelor of Architecture candidate. She aspires to combine principles of both architectural design and commercial real estate to bring neglected places with rich history and culture back to life. 

 

Elisha Schwartz
 

Elisha Schwartz
Hometown: Bristow, Indiana
Junior | IUPUI, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Focus of Study: Real Estate Development 

Schwartz is a junior at IUPUI obtaining her undergraduate degree in construction management with a minor in business. She is working as an intern within construction services at Buckingham Companies in downtown Indianapolis. Schwartz also serves as the Kelly Indianapolis Student Government (KISG) representative for the Real Estate Club at IUPUI. She aspires to incorporate real estate development with her current degree and further her career in development.

 

Kendra Teune
 

Kendra Teune
Hometown: Downers Grove, Illinois 
Senior | Purdue University
Focus of Study: Architecture

Teune is beginning her senior year at Purdue University where she is working toward her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. She has worked as an intern at a civil engineering/landscape architecture firm in land development for the past year and will wrap up her final year as President of the Women's Volleyball Club. After graduation her aspires to incorporate green spaces and practices into commercial real estate developments.

 

Sharon Velasquez
 

Sharon Velasquez
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Graduate | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Focus of Study: Economic Development

Velasquez is a dual degree candidate at MIT, pursuing an MBA at the Sloan School of Management and a Master’s in City Planning at the School of Architecture + Planning. Passionate about equitable economic development, she hopes to leverage commercial real estate and finance to build cities where communities of all backgrounds can thrive. Before MIT, Velasquez worked at an economic development think tank where she collaborated with major financial institutions to drive targeted investments into underserved communities. She is currently a Graduate Summer Associate at Mass Development, Massachusetts’ economic development and finance agency, where she helps develop real estate and financing strategies that stimulate the supply of affordable and workforce housing across the Commonwealth.

 

Julia Verbrugge
 

Julia Verbrugge
Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Graduate | University of Pennsylvania
Focus of Study: Economic Development

Verbrugge is a second-year Master of city planning student studying community and economic development at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she worked in real estate and urban development at Google, and she now works at Philadelphia’s economic development corporation, PIDC. She aspires to lead equitable economic development programs.


 

Cathy (Tzu) Wang
 

Cathy (Tzu) Wang
Hometown: South Pasadena, California
Senior | University of Southern California
Focus of Study: Engineering

Wang is an undergraduate senior at USC with a major in Civil Engineering, an emphasis in Construction Management and a minor in Business Administration. She has worked as a project engineer intern for both Healy Tibbitts Builders and Pankow Builders. She aspires to be a construction project manager.  


 

Brooke Weisheit
 

Brooke Weisheit
Hometown: Henderson, Nebraska
Senior| University of Nebraska- Omaha
Focus of Study: Property Management

Weisheit is in her final year at the University of Nebraska – Omaha obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Banking and Financial Markets, Business Finance, Investment Science and Portfolio Management, and Real Estate and Land Use Economics.  She has worked as a Real Estate intern for a Fortune 200 company.  Upon graduation, she aspires to pursue a career in Property Management.  Weisheit also serves as Vice President of Rho Epsilon at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. 

 

Wan Jun (Amy) Wu
 

Wan Jun (Amy) Wu
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Senior | University of British Columbia
Focus of Study: Engineering

Wu is in her final year of Integrated Engineering with a major study in mechanical engineering and a minor in electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia.  Since January 2021, she has been working at Integral Group as an Engineering Intern. Wu was a project leader of the "Bubble Helmet" product line at COSMIC Medical. She aspires to engineer high-performance building designs for a sustainable future.
 

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