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Four Students Selected as Recipients of Coastal Carolina University’s Prestigious Grant Center Scholarship

Students to be introduced at CCU’s Economic Growth & Real Estate Summit

Conway, SC--Four students have been selected as recipients of Coastal Carolina University’s prestigious Grant Center Scholarship Award. These include:

Patrick Dempsey          Charleston, SC

Austin Johnson            Conway, SC

Blake Osting                Early Branch, SC

Erin McQuade              Sayreville, NJ

“Each year the list of qualified applicants continues to grow, making the selection process more difficult,” said Rob Salvino, Ph.D., research economist and professor at Coastal Carolina University, and associate director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development.

“This year, we are proud to announce that three of our recipients, Patrick Dempsey, Austin Johnson and Blake Osting, are receiving the scholarship for the second time. Erin McQuade, a promising student from New Jersey, is a first-time recipient who has impressed us with both her academics and her interest in the Commercial Real Estate and Investment Minor,” Dr. Salvino continued.

All four students will be formally introduced at CCU’s Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit on September 29 at Pine Lakes Country Club.

The Grant Center Scholarship, first awarded in 2016 and made possible through a generous donation by Tony and Carrie Grant, the benefactors and namesake of the Grant Center, provides students with more than monetary support.

The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development has developed unique programs and opportunities for its scholars with benefits that include:

  • Membership in the CCU Land Development and Real Estate Club for students
  • Student membership in the CCU Real Estate Club for professionals
  • Mentoring from faculty and employers
  • Internship opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Collaboration opportunities within CCU’s Speaker Series and Discussion Groups

To be considered for a Grant Center Scholarship, an applicant must be a CCU student in good academic standing with at least a 3.5 high school GPA for incoming freshmen, or a 2.75 college GPA for applicants who have successfully completed at least 12 college credit hours. Students must be enrolled in the commercial and investment real estate minor through the Wall College of Business for the upcoming year, and have demonstrated participation in leadership or extracurricular activities within the last two years.

Recipients are selected based on their submission of an essay in which the student articulates how participation in the minor relates to his or her academic and prospective career growth; and describes the personality traits and characteristics that will make them outstanding representatives of Coastal Carolina University.

The scholarship is awarded annually upon the recommendations of a committee composed of the associate director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development and the dean of the Wall College of Business, based both on responses provided in the essay and academic standing. While financial need is considered, it is not essential to the award. The scholarship is available in an amount up to $5,000, not to exceed the full cost of tuition. While the scholarship is not automatically renewable, it can be awarded to the same student more than once.

About the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development,

Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina, USA.

The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development serves students and professionals engaged in all facets of real estate and economic development and provides market analysis, study-based scholarships, networking opportunities, internships and technical study tours of international sites.

The Grant Center leverages the global ties of Coastal Carolina University and key partners, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and board members. It offers courses in commercial and investment real estate, publishes scholarly research and produces applied studies for stakeholders in the region. The center also hosts the annual real estate and economic summit and awards gala, provides seminar talks on a regular basis and consults for various private, government and nonprofit groups.

The key mission is to support the education of its students to the highest levels of competence and professionalism and to broaden the economic base of the region, serving as a bridge between Coastal Carolina University and the wider community.