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Spotlight on 2019 WREAA Scholarship Recipients

Posted By Mandy Kaegy, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Inc., Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Each year, through the generous donations made to the alumni association by dedicated alumni and friends, WREAA administers four scholarships. In addition to the Dianne M. Orbison Memorial Scholarship Award and the Stephen Malpezzi Tradition and Innovation Scholarship, WREAA was able to provide two $2,000 scholarships to undergraduate students in 2019. This post highlights the recipients of the scholarships administered by WREAA, Conor Mc Carthy, Matthew Soffer, William Han and Joan McCarthy.


Conor McCarthy (BBA 2020), a junior from Vancouver Washington, was chosen to receive the Stephen Malpezzi Tradition and Innovation Scholarship for 2019.  Conor is active on campus, serving on the executive board of UW-Madison’s Capital Management Club, where he is spearheading the club’s goal of recruiting female members and fostering their participation.  Conor also volunteers at The Open Seat, an on-campus food pantry. He is a double major in Real Estate and Finance and has secured a summer internship with Hammes Partners in Milwaukee as a Private Equity Summer Analyst.

Matthew Soffer (BBA Dec. 2020), the recipient of the WREAA Undergraduate Scholarship, hails from Tenafly, New Jersey.  He is majoring in both Real Estate and Finance and hopes to work in Public equity at a REIT, or at a private equity firm following graduation.  Matthew is the Campus Ambassador for the International Council for Shopping Centers (ICSC), the BBA Ambassador for UW-Madison, and Treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi. He will head to Denver this summer to complete an internship as the Portfolio Management Summer Analyst at EverWest Real Estate Investors.

William Han (BBA 2020), is the second recipient of the WREAA Undergraduate Scholarship.  William, who is majoring in Real Estate and Finance, is from Glendale, Wisconsin.  He is involved in both the Wisconsin Investment Banking Club and the Real Estate Club on campus.  William also tutors K-5th grade students in after school programs at Schenk and Orchid Elementary in Madison through the Badger Volunteers program. William is making plans to spend the summer in New York City, interning with BNP Paribas as a Global Markets Summer Analyst.

Joan McCarthy (BBA 2020), is the recipient of the 2019 Dianne M. Orbison Memorial Real Estate Scholarship Award.  Joan is double majoring in Real Estate and Finance.  She was born and raised in Madison and is making plans to move to the West Coast following her graduation next spring.  Joan is active in Badger Business Professionals, where she has served as a volunteer event coordinator, VP of Foundation and currently holds the office of Co-President.  She will intern with CBRE in Los Angeles as a Finance Consulting Intern this summer. 

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