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Chicago Chapter Announces Inaugural University Scholarship Recipients


NAIOP Chicago is pleased to announce the launch of the University Scholarship Program an integral part of the Chapter’s University Initiative, created to provide students in either undergraduate or graduate programs unique opportunities to engage with commercial real estate professionals in the Chicago region.

The University Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance as well as other professional benefits to qualifying students enrolled in a commercial real estate program, and is funded, in part, through the Chapter’s annual Awards for Excellence event.  In 2015-16, students attending DePaul University and Roosevelt University in Chicago were eligible to apply for the Scholarship Program.

Recipients receive a cash award for tuition, a one-year NAIOP membership, attendance at a NAIOP national meeting, complimentary admission to all NAIOP Chicago Breakfast Meetings and Developing Leader events, and inclusion in the NAIOP Chicago 2016 Mentorship Program.

The 2015-16 NAIOP Chicago University Scholarship recipients are:

Helen Bailey, DePaul University

Helen is pursuing a Masters Degree in Business Administration at DePaul University with concentrations in Real Estate, Leadership and Change Management.  She graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Anthropology.  Helen is currently a Team Leader and Sales Broker for Trudo Real Estate specializing in residential real estate throughout the City and suburbs.  She is interested in the investment side of real estate and hopes to work as an analyst or asset manager after graduation.  She expects to finish her degree in June of 2016.

Jamila Danzy, Roosevelt University
Jamila is working towards an MS in Real Estate at Roosevelt University specializing in Public/Private Development.  She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Geography and a Master of Public Administration Policy and Analysis.  Jamila is a Program Officer for the Troubled Buildings Initiative at Community Investment Corporation (CIC) providing advocacy, feasibility analysis, and community outreach  for distressed multi-unit properties.  Previously she worked as a Project Assistant at Neighborhood Housing Services.  She expects to finish her degree in 2017 and would like to move into multi-unit acquisitions and development.  She is interested in public policy that improves affordable housing opportunities.


Congratulations Helen and Jamila!

The University Scholarship Program will be administered on an annual basis. Watch for the next request for applications in the Spring of 2016.