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Congratulations to our 2020-2021 University Scholarship Recipients


NAIOP Chicago is excited to introduce our 2020-21 University Scholarship recipients. These three students from DePaul, Marquette, and Roosevelt Universities exemplify the commitment and innovation that is coming from this young generation and we are honored to play a role in fostering their professional development and look forward to their leadership in our industry.

In addition to tuition assistance, recipients of the University Scholarship receive a one-year NAIOP membership, a mentor involved in a field related to their interests, as well as a variety of other local benefits. The NAIOP Chicago University Scholarship program is annual, with applications to the program accepted in Spring of each year.

Caden Fosnaugh | Roosevelt University

Caden Fosnaugh is an undergraduate student at Roosevelt University, Chicago. He will begin his senior year in Fall of 2020 and is seeking his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and studying finance and real estate. This spring, Caden worked as a Tax Intern at Bank of America, and he now serves as an Incoming Treasury Payments Intern at BMO Harris. He has taken a wide variety of courses at Roosevelt, and has completed training on R, SQL, and Python, and is Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) certified. Caden is a Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation Fellow, as well as a member of the Finance Honors Program.  Prior to attending Roosevelt, he earned his Associates Degree in Arts at McHenry County College. At McHenry he was Vice President of the Business Club and a member of the Speech/Forensics Team. Caden hopes to one day work as a portfolio manager or real estate asset manager and would like to continue his education by earning his MBA.

Ben Ryan | Marquette University

Ben Ryan is entering his senior year at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, where he is seeking his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in finance and real estate. He is also minoring in Criminology and Law Studies. Ben was intending to intern at Marcus and Millichap this summer, but to do COVID-19, his internship was cancelled. Last summer, Ben worked as a Development Analyst Intern at JT Klein Company in Madison, WI. At Marquette, Ben is a member of the Real Estate Club and competes as a member of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team. After he graduates, Ben hopes to work as a broker in the Chicago area.

Daja Walker-Parker | DePaul University

Daja Walker-Parker recently graduated from DePaul University, Chicago, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Real Estate, and will begin DePaul’s MSRE degree program this Fall. In 2019, Daja began working at CapRock Real Estate as an Accounting Intern, and in December 2019, she moved into a new position as Associate Broker. At DePaul, Daja is the Secretary of the Real Estate Club, and has received multiple awards and honors including the Weitzman Foundation Scholarship (2019), and the CME Group Mayoral Scholarship (2018). Before beginning at DePaul, Daja received her Associates Degree in Business at Harold Washington College, Chicago.  Daja is fluent in Arabic and plans to work in international commercial real estate sales after finishing her MSRE program.