University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
June 11, 2009
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Alumna Wins Real Estate Scholarship

From left at SOIR Scholarship presentation: USA Mitchell College of Business Distinguished Professor of Real Estate and Director of the Center for Real Estate Studies Dr. Donald Epley, scholarship winner and USA alumna Deepa Rajan, and J. Gavin Bender, Sr. president of Bender Real Estate Group.

The Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Northwest Florida chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® and the SIOR Foundation have awarded University of South Alabama student Deepa Rajan a $2,000 scholarship in recognition of her academic excellence.

Rajan already holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and she received a second undergraduate degree in marketing, with a concentration in real estate studies, from USA in 2008.

Each year with the assistance of matching funds from the SIOR Foundation and through the generosity of the Turner Heggeman Memorial Scholarship Fund, the LA/MS/AL/Northwest FL Chapter grants scholarships to students to recognize and reward outstanding academic performance in business and real estate courses and to expose recipients to career opportunities and internship programs available within the Chapters real estate community. 

The LA/MS/AL/NW FL Chapter is one of 43 chapters of the prestigious international association, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.  Commercial real estate professionals must meet rigorous requirements to earn the SIOR designation.  SIOR, based in Washington, D.C., has more than 3,100 members in 480 cities in 20 countries and was founded in 1941.  SIOR’s are top producers who are required to complete an educational recertification program every three years, assuring those who need the services of a commercial real estate agent that the SIOR has achieved continued excellence.

The SIOR Foundation’s mission is to promote and support initiatives that expand, educate, and enrich the commercial real estate community.  Established in 1962 to publish the industry’s first graduate-level textbook on industrial real estate, the SIOR Foundation has maintained its dedication to expanding the understanding of the commercial real estate industry.  The Foundation has a matching scholarship program available to the SIOR Chapters.

The Turner Heggeman Scholarship was created in 1996 and renamed in 2000 by our local chapter in memory of two members, Buzz Heggeman of Mobile, and James E. Turner of Hattiesburg, Miss. Both of these gentlemen were esteemed, long-term members of our SIOR chapter and experts in the field of in industrial real estate throughout the Alabama and Mississippi gulf coast areas.  Both men were contributing members of our chapter for over 25 years.

The Society’s Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Northwest Florida chapter and the SIOR Education Foundation recognized the students at their respective honors day ceremonies. 


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