Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development 

Four Students Receive Coastal Carolina University’s Grant Center Scholarship

July 11, 2018

P. Dempsey Headshot   Austin Johnson headshot  Erin McQuade headshot

Conway, SC - Four students have been awarded the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development’s Real Estate Programs Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The students are:

  • Patrick Dempsey, a finance major from Holbrook, N.Y. (pictured; left)
  • Austin Johnson, a finance major from Conway, S.C. (pictured; center)
  • Erin McQuade, an accounting major from Sayreville, N.J. (pictured; right)
  • Taylor Mitchell Simon, a finance major from Brewster, N.Y.

“We are proud of our real estate scholar students as they continue to take full advantage of the challenging opportunities offered through the Grant Center and CCU,” said Dr. Rob Salvino, research economist and professor at CCU, and associate director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development. “Two of our scholarship students are part of CCU’s prestigious Wall Fellows Program, another has studied real estate abroad in Australia, and one interned in the finance division at the Nashville office of Turner Construction, one of the world’s largest multi-service commercial construction firms.”

All four students will be formally introduced at the Grant Center’s 21st annual Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit on Oct. 5, 2018, at the Marina Inn.

The Grant Center Scholarship, first awarded in 2016 and made possible through a donation by Tony and Carrie Grant, the benefactors and namesake of the Grant Center, provides students with more than monetary support. Unique programs and opportunities for scholars include:

  • Membership in the CCU Real Estate Club, which is open to both CCU students and area professionals
  • Mentoring from faculty and employers
  • Internship and 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. The students must also describe 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 E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, 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. The scholarship is not automatically renewable, and it can be awarded to the same student more than once.


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 global ties to 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 an annual Economic Growth & Real Estate Summit, provides seminar talks on a regular basis and consults for various private, government and nonprofit groups.

The Center’s 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.

For more information, please contact Hattie Jordan, Program Assistant of the Grant Center, at 

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