$2,000 scholarship encourages pursuit of real estate careers
Albert Martinez-Castro, who is a sophomore studying real estate at St. Cloud State University, was selected for the Fall 2017 Diversity Collaborative scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship supports tuition and books for students from a minority class who are interested in pursuing a career in commercial real estate. Martinez-Castro is the fifth student from St. Cloud to be awarded this scholarship.
Albert, who is from Rosemount, Minnesota, has participated in the campus Real Estate Association, attended the national Institute of Real Estate Management Summit in Chicago in 2017, and has attended numerous events hosted by BOMA, the building owners and managers association. He learned of commercial real estate from his father, who runs a commercial painting company, and decided that being an owner and manager of a commercial real estate firm would allow him to impact sustainable real estate practices and support the local community.
“My interpersonal skills have made me a successful student leader and I believe they will be critical in the commercial real estate industry,” he said.
The scholarship selection committee was impressed by Martinez-Castro’s professionalism and maturity, documented by St. Cloud State’s Commercial Real Estate program adviser Kelly Jamison. In her letter of recommendation, she noted, “In addition to attending classes and achieving a 3.75 GPA, he has experience working several jobs and gaining relevant business experience. He is a conscientious and considerate leader and I know he will be a great contributor to commercial real estate.”
“We were impressed with Albert’s knowledge and interest in commercial real estate – even at such an early stage of his education,” said Raymond Vaughn, CCIM, RPA, senior property manager-Ryan Companies and chair of the Diversity Collaborative’s scholarship committee. “
The Diversity Collaborative has been awarding scholarships since 2013, distributing more than $23,500 in educational support for diverse students who demonstrate an interest in commercial real estate as a career path. In addition to the scholarship, students also are invited to attend industry events, are matched with a commercial real estate professional for mentoring and are provided internship openings from the commercial real estate companies who participate in the DC.