Support a DC Resident to Receive Scholarship for Real Estate Studies at Georgetown University!

March 29, 2018

DCBIA has awarded two full scholarships to deserving DC residents since 2015. Ursula Johnson and Staci Stout are each currently pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate at Georgetown University, joining over 650 current students and 60 adjunct professors from all aspects of the real estate industry. In 2017, DCBIA named this scholarship after long-time DCBIA Counsel, Christopher H. Collins of Holland & Knight whose contributions to DCBIA have helped shape the industry and ensure a focus on the advancement of young leaders in our industry. Our scholars are doing well in their programs. Read their profiles below! We are now turning our attention to find the 2018 Christopher H. Collins Scholar to begin his or her program in the Fall! The winner of the 2018 scholarship receives FULL paid tuition for the entire graduate program!! Requirements for applicant:

  • Must apply to Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
  • Must apply for the scholarship/complete 300-word essay: HERE by July 15, 2018 (new deadline).
  • Must reside in Washington, DC.
  • Must add to the diversity at Georgetown University and in the real estate industry.
  • Must complete FAFSA by July 15, 2018 (new deadline)



Major Supporter - $2,500 to $5,000

Scholar Supporter - $1,000 to $2,499
DC Supporter - $999 and under

Sponsor benefits include: recognition in DCBIA website and emails, and social media mentions. Major Supporters will be recognized at a major DCBIA event.


Want to support the incoming student? We are accepting financial donations in any amount! ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE to the DCBIA Community Services Corporation -  FEIN 52-2051884. Contact to donate. Online donations to be accepted soon. Donations are tax-deductible for charitable purposes to the DCBIA Community Services Corporation, a 501 c(3) - FEIN 52-2051884. Please donate by August 15, 2018 so we can be prepared for the big day! Mailing address: DCBIA, 455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001. Please note "Chris Collins 2018" in your memo. On-line donations will be accepted soon!
STACI STOUT Began: September 2016 PROFILE Why real estate? The DCBIA Scholarship allows me to become an even more viable commercial real estate professional and to grow in my position Favorite course? It's actually real estate markets. I loved working on the development case studies. Doing the research and coming up with ideas was my favorite part. Current job? Senior Analyst on Government Leasing team at JLL. Graduation? Spring 2019. Favorite DCBIA event: I had the opportunity to participate in the DCBIA Housing Committee. I heard from a developer who uses shipping containers for multi-family housing! So cool! Interesting Facts about Staci: She is married with three daughters with 2 twins born during her graduate studies program! Favorite DC activities/spots: include walking and riding around the city exploring neighborhoods, restaurants and parks. Advice for next student: I would say first and foremost know that you belong and be confident in your ability to complete in this highly regarded Real Estate Degree program. Second, explore your interest but also be open to learning something new that you may have never considered. There are a variety of interesting elective courses!
URSULA JOHNSON Began: September 2015 PROFILE Why real estate? I see the DCBIA scholarship as an opportunity to make a leap. Architects on a team do not always get a chance to engage with owners in design making process. I am eager to deploy creative strategies that stimulate existing and possibly new real estate markets yet to be discovered. Favorite course? ​It’s a toss-up between several courses. The Independent Study-Internship with Balfour Beatty DC at Capitol Crossing exposed me to Construction Management and honing the ability to interpret construction activities and communicate in relatable terms. On the other hand, Real Estate Accounting was a mini-marathon. In the end, you put together a private place memorandum and learn what it takes to pitch a value-add idea to investors and shareholders. As a person with a background in architecture and a creative thinker, this course opened my eyes to what investors are really interested in. Fundamentals of Real Estate Law was another great class, with exposure to land rights. Current job? Project Architect at WDG Architecture. Boathouse on Virginia Avenue (UIP). Graduation? Spring 2019. Favorite DCBIA event: My favorite DCBIA event was the ​2017 Annual Achievement Awards. Not only was I able to network with a host of industry professionals (including honoree and members), but I found that I was able to engage more meaningfully than I normally would. Interesting Facts about Ursula: I was born in Atlanta. Both my father and sister are still there, so I make frequent visits back home. I currently reside in Congress Heights DC, a block away from St. Elizabeths. campus and I look forward to seeing it transform into a place of entertainment and community engagement. Favorite DC activities/spots: I enjoy cycling /outdoor nature walks; painting and mosaic art and engaging young people in crafts and creative thinking. You can catch me flying down MLK, Jr. Ave or pedaling up 7th street on my way to PennSocial, my favorite place to meet new people in the city. Advice for next student: ​Ask for help early. Be proactive to engage student advisors, classmates, and professors. Be willing to admit what you don't know and make friends early. Make at least two friends per course. You will need them as they become your resources in future courses. Sit in on a Capstone presentation or two, to prepare you for what to expect as your exit.  

Click here to donate to the Christopher H. Collins Scholarship!

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE to the DCBIA Community Services Corporation -  FEIN 52-2051884