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2023 Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR, Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Nikki Dedic and Crystal Stewart

The SIOR Foundation is proud to announce that Nikki Dedic (University of Denver) and Crystal Stewart (Georgia State University) have been awarded the 2023 Mildred C. Hanson Memorial Scholarship.

Nikki Dedic received a BA in Economics for Business Management from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. After several years in the industry, most recently at CBRE, Nikki decided to further her education and expertise by returning to school and is currently completing her Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. Nikki is deeply committed to a career in Corporate Real Estate and is dedicated to using her expertise and influence to promote diversity and inclusion in the industry.

“I am truly grateful for the incredible opportunity provided by the Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR Memorial Scholarship, which is empowering me to pursue my graduate degree in commercial real estate with unmatched enthusiasm. The industrial product type holds a special place in my heart, and I am thrilled to be able to focus on it during my academic journey.

Receiving this generous scholarship has not only eased my financial burden but has also instilled in me a deep appreciation for the remarkable Millie Hanson and the trailblazing women who have paved the path in industrial real estate. Their inspiring legacy fuels my determination, and I am keenly aware that my attainable goals are made possible because of their impactful contributions.


I am sincerely thankful for the support and recognition provided by the Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR Memorial Scholarship, and I am eager to make the most of this opportunity as I embark on my exciting venture in the world of commercial real estate.

Thank you so much! I’m beyond thrilled and humbled by SIOR’s generosity.”


Crystal Stewart is a junior at Georgia State University double majoring in Real Estate and Finance while minoring in Entrepreneurship and International Business. She is an active participant in various extracurricular activities revolving around real estate, including UCREW Experience, ICSC Case Competitions, and the Women in Commercial Real Estate Group at GSU, where she holds the position of Vice President.

Receiving the 2023 Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR Memorial Scholarship is a tremendous honor and a pivotal moment in my academic journey in real estate and finance. This scholarship not only provides financial assistance but also serves as a validation of my dedication and passion for the field. With this support, I am empowered to fully immerse myself in my studies and pursue academic excellence in real estate and finance.

The scholarship will significantly alleviate the financial burden associated with pursuing higher education, allowing me to focus wholeheartedly on my academic pursuits. As I delve into the complexities of real estate markets, investment strategies, and financial analysis, knowing that I have the backing of the Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR Memorial Scholarship gives me the confidence to explore new avenues of learning and push the boundaries of my knowledge.



Established in 2008, the Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR Memorial Fund has generously instituted an educational scholarship program intended to encourage and assist qualified female students in obtaining an education that will lead them into productive careers in the commercial real estate industry.  For more information on the the Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR Memorial Scholarship, click here.