Scholarship Winners

Fall 2019 Recipient: Michelle Hedges

February 5, 2020

Michelle Hedges is focusing on either property management or project management focus areas for her career in CRE. In her application, she noted, “Minnesota’s commercial real estate network is a small world and very tight knit, and after attending a few events hosted by the associations, I grew to love the environment, the people, and the type of work. As I have learned more about the industry, I was intrigued even more and fascinated by the many ways that commercial real estate touches our lives.” 


Hedges was recommended for the scholarship by Kelly Jameson, chair of St. Cloud State’s Real Estate Program.

Fall 2019 Recipient: Ayentu Hassan

February 5, 2020

Ayentu Hassan is majoring in business management with a minor in Real Estate. She brings a resume full of leadership and commercial real estate experiences that include working as a leasing specialist and as president and board member of the Oromo Students Organization. The Oromo Students Organization is a cultural organization that teaches about culture of the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia, which is where Hassan was born. Hassan was recommended by Justin Beumer, her former supervisor at Capital One.


“With commercial property located virtually anywhere and everywhere, I always wondered who managed these and how the operation worked. Now I know and am excited to pursue this career path, which offers so many opportunities,” said Hassan.

Fall 2019 Recipient: Hector Lopez Cruz

February 5, 2020

Hector Lopez Cruz is majoring in business but has internships focused in both commercial real estate and commercial banking. Cruz’s family has spent many years focused on residential real estate, which drove his interest in impacting the larger community by focusing on commercial real estate.


He is also speaks and writes fluently in Spanish, and intends to work in either development or brokerage upon graduation. Hector was nominated by Chris Mauzy, CEO and broker with Mauzy Properties. He said, “I cannot think of a line of business that would better fit Mr. Lopez. You will not find a more deserving and hard working person for this great scholarshipopportunity.”


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