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Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate Announces Spring 2021 Scholarship Recipients, New Scholarship Fund from Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago

May 21, 2021

The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University (MBIRE) today announced the winners of three scholarships awarded to students during the spring 2021 semester, including a newly created scholarship from the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago. The recipients include two graduate students, Marco Sepulveda and Angela Azmitia, and one undergraduate student, Trace McGuire.

“Over the past year, there’s definitely been a heightened awareness from many highly regarded companies and organizations in recognizing the need for more women and people of color in the commercial real estate field – and that road to success can start with a quality real estate education at MBIRE,” said Collete English Dixon, MBIRE executive director. “We’re thrilled the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago created a new scholarship for MBIRE and shares our vision of preparing our diverse student body to be the next generation of CRE leaders.”

The inaugural $5,000 Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago Graduate Scholarship went to Marco Sepulveda, who is pursuing a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE). This scholarship fund was created in spring 2021 to support overall excellence in the real estate industry. It seeks to recruit, educate, assist and support students, particularly those interested in multifamily real estate. A mentor from the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago will provide scholarship recipients with shadowing opportunities, invitations to industry events, networking opportunities and professional advice.

Sepulveda is slated to graduate in the fall. He is a real estate investor and entrepreneur and has been involved in the College of Business IREM Delta Mu Delta – International Business Honor Society.

The Teresa and Hipolito Roldan Scholarship Fund for Tomorrow’s Hispanic Leaders in Community Development and Real Estate awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Angela Azmitia, a first-year graduate student pursuing a MSRE. The scholarship fund was created in 2007 by Hipolito “Paul” Roldan, president of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation (HHDC), in honor of his parents, Teresa and Hipolito Roldan. The HHDC oversees a wide range of community development activities including developing, managing and investing in affordable housing and economic development in the Latino community. This scholarship program gives financial and other support to assist Latino and Hispanic students with obtaining a graduate-level degree in real estate that combines academic and hands-on experience in community development and real estate.

Azmitia works for Related Midwest as a leasing consultant at Lathrop Chicago, a revitalized mixed-income rental community on Chicago’s North Side. Along with her leasing duties, Azmitia specializes in compliance and procedure, and for the last three years has been the site’s Chicago Housing Authority correspondent and outreach coordinator. Azmitia holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) as well as a BFA from the University of South Florida.

The third scholarship, a $7,500 award from the James and Brenda Grusecki and Northern Builders, Inc., Scholarship for Future Leaders in Real Estate, went to undergraduate student Trace McGuire, a junior majoring in real estate. He is a Roosevelt University student athlete on the men’s golf team and is interested in multifamily development and brokerage.

Scholarship applications for the upcoming academic year will be accepted through June 30. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu/centers/real-estate/resources.

About Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate:

Established in 2002, the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University (MBIRE) is a leading Chicago-based institution of higher learning offering master’s and undergraduate degrees as well as certificate programs in real estate. MBIRE also informs, connects and advances real estate professionals through events featuring industry-leading speakers and panelists. Conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, MBIRE offers flexible and specialized programs geared toward successfully preparing professionals for today’s real estate challenges. MBIRE has graduated more than 350 students, many of whom hold leadership positions in real estate finance, development, investment, brokerage and property management in the residential and commercial real estate industries. MBIRE graduates work at firms such as Duke Realty, CIBC, JLL, Lendlease, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Livcor, Avison Young, Barings and Chicago Public Schools just to name a few. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu/centers/real-estate/resources.

 

Marco Sepulveda is the first recipient of the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago Graduate Scholarship.

 

Angela Azmitia received The Teresa and Hipolito Roldan Scholarship Fund for Tomorrow’s Hispanic Leaders in Community Development and Real Estate.

 

Trace McGuire received the James and Brenda Grusecki and Northern Builders, Inc., Scholarship for Future Leaders in Real Estate.