Scholarship Recipients

The following scholarships are awarded annually on a merit basis. The awards are based on the information contained in the applicant’s program application as well as on campus interviews. All students accepted into the Nathan S. Collier MSRE program are automatically considered for these scholarships.

Annual Scholarships

These funds are provided by UF Real Estate Advisory Board members, Friends and Alumni members, and others who contribute to this scholarship and graduate assistantship fund.

2017 - 2018
  • Ben Robinson
  • Melody Scott
2016 - 2017
  • Michael Bennett
  • Arjun Choudhary
  • Zachary Feldman
  • Siddhartha Gautam
  • Paul Naccache
  • Ranosurja Sarkar
  • Qi Si
2015 - 2016
  • James Baker
  • Safak Erseven
  • Kelsey Broadhead
  • Olaf Boullé
2014 - 2015
  • Candis Pressley
  • Peter Wilkins

This annual scholarship is funded by Nathan S. Collier of Gainesville, CEO of The Collier Companies, UF Real Estate Advisory Board member, and provides two rent free 3 bedroom/3 bath luxury scholarship apartments in The Polos for six MSRE students.

2018 - 2019
  • Jenai Ferguson
  • Sugandha Sharma
  • Li Yang
  • Mario Agosto
  • Shane O’Connor
  • Enrique Triana
2017 - 2018
  • Melody Scott
  • Zifei Wang
  • Dongyeon Hwang
  • Jiyu Liu
  • Enrique Triana
2016 - 2017
  • Eduardo Cademartori
  • Arjun Choudhary
  • Zachary Feldman
  • Siddhartha Guatam
  • Yeji Moon
  • Xuan “Somerville” Wang
2015 - 2016
  • Carey Froelicher
  • Chiwei Zhong
  • Olaf Boullé
  • Francisco Padilla
2014 - 2015
  • Beijia Li
  • Noa Marks
  • Panpan Rao
  • Matthew Gourlay
  • Zhonghao (Ken) Wu
  • Yifan (Evan) Yang

This endowed scholarship supports awards to recruit outstanding students to the Master of Science in Real Estate programs; preference to non-Florida resident students who have exhibited through past superior academic performance the intellectual attributes to be viewed as “Best in Class” and also demonstrated outstanding leadership skills that differentiated the applicant among his/her peers.

2015 - 2016
  • Safak Erseven

Endowed Scholarships

Alumnus, Mr. DJ Snapp, of North Palm Beach, endowed a scholarship fund for real estate students in 2005.

Mr. Dan Dupree and his wife, of Atlanta, endowed a scholarship fund for real estate students in 2000.

One or two Scholarships of up to $8,000 are available from an endowment created by the Florida Association of Realtors.

2017 - 2018
  • Cooper Reese
2016 - 2017
  • Denise Fierro
2015 - 2016
  • Carey Froelicher
2014 - 2015
  • Seun Falade
  • JJ Sofarelli

A partial scholarship in memorial of Jack Havener to a deserving student with a real estate focus.

2015 - 2016
  • Tanner Ziebarth

Alumnus, Mr. Donnellan of Boca Raton, Managing Director of Apartment Realty Advisors, established an endowed scholarship fund for real estate students in 2005.

2017 - 2018
  • Ben Robinson
2016 - 2017
  • Denise Fierro
2015 - 2016
  • Avery Dorr
2013 - 2014
  • Allison Selby
  • Greg Dupes

Steve Bernstein, of Boca Raton, Chairman of SBA Communications, established an endowed scholarship fund for real estate students in 2005.

2017 - 2018
  • Trent Slattery
2015 - 2016
  • Kevin Gregory
2013 - 2014
  • Kevin Jund

Alumnus James Heistand (BSBA ’74) established this endowed scholarship in 2009 in memory of his mother Yvonne to support MSRE students or MBA students with a concentration in real estate.

2016- 2017
  • Eduardo Cademartori

Other Scholarships Opportunities

The awarding of the following scholarships is not directly controlled by UF’s faculty and staff. However, many of our students have received scholarship awards from these sources in recent years.

The Appraisal Institute Education Trust offers $2,000 graduate scholarships for students with an interest in real estate appraisal. Students should request applications for these scholarships from the Appraisal Institute.

2014 - 2015
  • Ye “Ashlynn” Liu

The CCIM Institute, which offers the prestigious CCIM designation, has typically reserved a $1,000 scholarship, plus complimentary enrollment in the CI 103 Course (tuition value of this course is over $1000), for one of our real estate students each year. CCIM requests the nomination of three students for consideration annually and selects the awardee in the spring semester.

Note: CCIM has notified us that they are not able to offer this scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

2011- 2012
  • Daniel Drotos

The Florida Caribbean Scholarship Program offers out-of-state tuition waivers for qualified Caribbean students to attend any of Florida’s public universities or community colleges.

This scholarship program will provide up to $2,500 per semester for qualified graduate students, is renewable on a semester-by-semester basis, and contingent upon funding. The applicant should express a desire for a career in the real estate industry and need for educational financial assistance while demonstrating an active community service record, pursuing a concentration in real estate at Florida, and meeting Florida residency requirements.

2016 - 2017
  • Luke Feldman
  • Alex Gonzalez
  • Blake Hakimian
  • Nick Kasper
  • Charles Kennedy
  • Cooper Reece
2015 - 2016
  • Nick Kasper
  • Charles Kennedy
  • Brandon Perdeck
  • Tanner Ziebarth
2014 - 2015
  • JJ Sofarelli
  • Cory Yeffet
  • Seun Falade
  • Noa Marks
  • Peter Wilkins

This scholarship fund awards $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships to African-American U.S. citizens who are residents of South Florida and enrolled full-time in graduate business degree programs at Florida universities. Applicants must plan to pursue their professional careers in South Florida.

Advisory Board members Daryl Carter and John Crossman were instrumental in raising the money for the $3000 tuition scholarship, established in honor of Daryl Carter’s father, Maury Carter.

2015 - 2016
  • David Saperstein
2014 - 2015
  • Avery Dorr

PREA scholarships of $500 to $5,000 are available to Master’s degree students majoring or concentrating in real estate. Please visit the Pension Real Estate Association or the Robert Tiogo Foundation website for more information.

2011- 2012
  • Josh Weisenfeld

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Foundation and Majestic Realty Co. teamed up to provide this $10,000 Scholarship.

2007- 2008
  • Kevin Whirity

The UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs spearheads the UF Graduate School’s contribution to campus diversity by working for the recruitment, retention and graduation of minority and underrepresented students in master’s degree and doctoral degree programs.

It has a two-fold mission:

Increasing the number of graduate students from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups: African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native Alaskans (Aleuts and Eskimos), Native Americans and Native Pacific Islanders.

Providing prospective and enrolled graduate students in underrepresented demographic groups with material aid and mentoring to help in their successful pursuit of a graduate school education.

It accomplishes this mission through a variety of programs, services and support initiatives, including:

2007- 2008
  • Andres Andrade
  • Kahlil Bond
  • Henry Smith