NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has selected Kelsey Padgham, a graduate student in the Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate program at Cornell University and a member of NAIOP Upstate New York, as a recipient of the 2017 Diversity Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Scholarship.

“NAIOP recognizes the value of supporting the next generation of leadership in commercial real estate and increasing the diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints in our industry,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president and CEO. “We commend this high-achieving graduate student for her enthusiasm and commitment to improving the built environment and enhancing the communities in which we live, work and play.”

Padgham is expected to receive a dual degree in Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate and Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University in spring 2018. Her experience includes interning for U3 Advisors, a consulting practice that provides real estate and economic development solutions to community institutions. She also serves as the incoming president of Cornell Real Estate Women.

The NAIOP Diversity CRE Scholarship benefits graduate and undergraduate students pursuing careers in commercial real estate. NAIOP has awarded four $5,000 graduate student scholarships as well as two $2,500 undergraduate student scholarships to individuals from demographics that are traditionally under-represented in commercial real estate and whose universities are part of the NAIOP University Membership program. In addition to the scholarship, each award recipient will have the opportunity to make new professional connections and sharpen his or her commercial real estate acumen with complimentary registration for NAIOP’s CRE.Converge 2017, October 10-12, in Chicago.