New Scholarship Encourages Women to Advance Their Careers in Real Estate

Sunday, July 16, 2017TOPICS: Alumni

In 2017, Michelle Muñiz ’16 MSRE and the 2016 Woodruff Scholarship winner established an annual real estate scholarship to aid in the recruitment and support of female Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) students. Muñiz named the Khalid Mohammed Memorial Scholarship after her late uncle. Muñiz’s ultimate goal is to raise more than $50,000 — enough money to endow this scholarship so that her uncle’s name will live on in perpetuity.

“Creating this scholarship in honor of my uncle was very important to me—he was taken from our family at age 21, two months before he was to depart for college,” says Muñiz. “He did a great deal in his short life. He didn’t have much to give, but he inspired people and always had something good to say to lift someone’s spirits. What I take away from his generosity is the idea of doing something to make a difference and impact someone in a special way.”

Muñiz hopes that through the creation of this scholarship, more women will further advance their careers within real estate.

“My goal in creating this scholarship is to encourage women who have chosen commercial real estate as a career to pursue their MSRE, become leaders in the industry and make a meaningful impact within their communities,” says Muñiz. “I believe developing future female leaders and role models will inspire other women to follow suit.”

While the name of the scholarship is named after her uncle, recipients will be women who demonstrate a strong character and who aspire to do great things within real estate.

In July, several members of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate's (BMC) Policy Advisory Board stepped up and made significant contributions towards the endowment goal for this scholarship. As of Sept. 20, 2017, we have raised $40,000 towards the first $50,000 required to make this an endowed scholarship.

"This is a very unique scholarship for women in the MSRE program," says Stath Karras, executive director of the BMC. "Michelle represents the caliber of MSRE student we seek in the program. This scholarship will greatly facilitate our efforts to recruit women like her. We are grateful for the support Michelle has received thus far in reaching the endowment goal. We are reaching out to the local community to help raise another $10,000."

To contribute to this endownent goal, please contact Stath Karras, or donate online (please specify the "Khalid Mohammed Memorial Scholarship"/real estate").

You may also mail in your tax deductible donation to the BMC:

Attention: Stath Karras
The University of San Diego/Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
5988 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
**In the memo section of your check (or online), please write "Khalid Mohammed Memorial Scholarship"/real estate."

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate offers more than 30 real estate scholarships to promising graduate and undergraduate students at the University of San Diego School of Business.

Apply to the MSRE program. Contact (619) 260-2256 or email realestate@sandiego.edu for more information.