Scholarship Recipients Honored by Society of Industrial and Office Realtors

siorjcdbscholars275From left to right: Michele Oesch, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations (SLU) Beth-Anne Yakubu, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations (SLU) David Kelpe, President St. Louis Chapter, SIOR Matthew Palka, SIOR Scholar (SLU) Damian Rivera, SIOR Scholar (SLU) Evan Lange, SIOR Scolar (SLU) Bob Staniforth, President, SIOR Foundation Michelle Cohen, Scholarship Coordinator (SLU) . Submitted photo.

Three students from Saint Louis University’s John Cook School for Business were introduced at a luncheon and members meeting of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) at the St. Louis Club Wednesday, Oct. 15, as the 2014-2015 SIOR Scholars at SLU.

Seniors Damian Rivera, Evan Lange and Matthew Palka had the opportunity to network with members of the SIOR local chapter and were presented with plaques. Each student has received an $8,000 scholarship from the SIOR Foundation for this academic year.

In August 2014, the Society established a $24,000 undergraduate scholarship for SLU business students interested in pursuing careers in commercial real estate. The scholarship is the result of a collaboration between the St. Louis SIOR chapter, the SIOR Foundation —the national charitable arm of SIOR— and SLU, through its Go Further matching program.

The St. Louis SIOR chapter contributed $6,000, matched by the national SIOR Foundation for a total contribution of $12,000, which in turn was matched by SLU for a total scholarship fund of $24,000.

Go Further is a SLU scholarship initiative whereby qualified undergraduate scholarships of $100 or greater are matched dollar for dollar by the University. For more information on Go Further, visit http://www.slu.edu/go-further-121113.

The SIOR Foundation has provided support for graduate scholarships at SLU in past years. The SLU Go Further match was instrumental in the decision by the Foundation to support undergraduate scholarships this year, as it doubled the gift from SIOR and enabled them to provide greater support to recipients.

Michael Alderson, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Finance at the Cook School, said the partnership provides a great connection for students preparing for future careers in business.

“The SIOR Scholarship program evinces the strong connection between the John Cook School of Business and the St. Louis business community,” Alderson said. “Our partnership with the SIOR generates significant support for undergraduate education as well as meaningful career opportunities for our students—-two things that central to the mission of the Cook School.”

Students eligible to apply for the SIOR Foundation Scholarship are U.S. citizens who are Junior and Senior business students with a finance concentration, a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an interest in a career in commercial real estate. Students must submit a resume, current transcript, and an essay describing their interest in commercial real estate. The 2015-2016 application process will open in early spring and eligible students will be notified.

In addition to the funds, the scholarship provides a unique opportunity for the SIOR Scholars to meet and engage with professionals working in commercial real estate in St. Louis, potentially leading to the development of mentoring and advising relationships, internships and/or permanent employment opportunities for the Scholars.

About the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) is the leading professional industrial and office real estate association. The world’s top producing brokers collaborate to propel their careers even further. SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. SIOR has certified thousands of members with the prestigious SIOR designation, a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production, and ethics in the real estate industry. The SIOR Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a mission of promoting and supporting initiatives that expand, educate and enhance the commercial real estate community. Visit http://www.sior.com/ to learn more.

About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

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Jeanette Grider
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