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Spotlight on the 2018 Scholarship and Award Recipients

Posted By Mandy Kaegy, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Inc., Thursday, April 5, 2018


WREAA administers and funds four annual scholarships and awards; the WREAA Undergraduate Scholarships, the WREAA Graduate Scholarships, the Dianne M. Orbison Memorial Scholarship Award and the Stephen Malpezzi Tradition and Innovation Scholarship.  This post highlights the recipients of two of the scholarship, Alison Petrick and Tara Wilson.  Watch for a spotlight on the three WREAA Scholarship recipients coming soon!


Alison Petrick was awarded the 2018 Dianne M. Orbison Real Estate Scholarship Award.  Originally from Middleton, Wisconsin, Alison is a junior pursuing a double major in real estate and finance, investment, & banking. She is active on campus in a co-ed professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi and is a member of the Real Estate Club. Alison is also a co-founder of the recently formed Women in Real Estate Club (WIRE). She volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.  This summer, Alison will be interning at the real estate investment and development company, CA Ventures, in Chicago, Illinois as an Asset Management Intern.


The Dianne M. Orbison Memorial Real Estate Scholarship Award fund was established by the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association thanks to the generous contributions of her family and so many classmates and friends of Dianne’s who expressed strong wishes to honor her memory as a loving person, good friend and strong leader.   Dianne is remembered for her collaborative approach in business, as a volunteer and advocate for the University of Wisconsin, and as a person who was a barrier breaker.  The Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association is proud to continue the tradition of this important scholarship begun by Dianne, one of the many ways she found of "giving back". The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a female graduate or undergraduate real estate student.



Tara Wilson, a junior from Western Springs, Illinois, was awarded the 2018 Stephen Malpezzi Tradition and Innovation Scholarship.   On campus Tara has been involved in Business Badgers Professionals and Alpha Phi Sorority. This past semester, she and another classmate founded the Women in Real Estate Club with the mission to build a community of women wishing to pursue a career in Real Estate.  In her free time, she loves to work out, spend time with friends, and has played an active role in supporting Special Recreations. Tara will intern as a Real Estate Analyst with Wells Fargo in Chicago this summer. Upon graduation in May 2019, Tara hopes to relocate to a large city and work within the Real Estate Industry.


The Tradition and Innovation Scholarship is awarded in recognition of the long-standing service and dedication of Real Estate Professor Stephen Malpezzi, who retired in 2016 from his teaching role at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Applicants for the $5,000 scholarship were asked to write an essay answering the question "How will the Wisconsin Tradition in Real Estate Education impact your approach to your career and life following graduation?"


Congratulations to Alison and Tara!


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