Scholarship Opportunities Available!
We are excited to announce that we have given three scholarships in 2022.
PNW Retail Group Scholarship
The PNW Retail Group wants to encourage the next generation of men and women entering the Outlet industry with our new scholarship opportunity for college students. Applicants must be a high school senior, college freshman, sophomore, or junior and plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a 4-year bachelor’s degree program. A career interest in retail and real estate is preferred.
All scholarships are one-time award that can range from $2000 - $2,500. The scholarship also includes travel and entrance into the ICSC annual shopping center conventions in either Las Vegas (May) or New York (December). Mentoring by senior industry professionals will be offered to all scholarship recipients during the convention.
Charlie Devine Scholarship
To understand the meaning of this scholarship award you must first understand the man whom this scholarship honors.
- Charlie was a Captain in the U.S. Army. He graduated first in his airborne class at Fort Benning, Georgia, and served in the Army Reserves as Executive Officer of Headquarters Company, 11th Special Forces Group. He was awarded the ROTC/NDCC Medal of Heroism.
- He spent the bulk of his career in commercial real estate. He founded Devine Realty Consultants in 1986, and for 32 years worked for national chains finding sites and negotiating leases for new stores all over the country. He was an active board member of DOC&R (now PNW Retail Group), and he was inducted into the DOC&R Outlet Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. He had a passion for his job, and incredible amount of fun doing it for almost five decades, and he made lifelong friends along the way.
- He lived in Washington Township for 44 years and was actively involved in almost every aspect of the community. He served as Councilman and Mayor, a member and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus; coached dozens of youth sports teams for his
children, He was also a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
- Charlie was devoted to his family which included his wife of fifty years Lynn, and 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Charlie Devine spent his lifetime not only achieving remarkable success but giving back to hisindustry and community. He was always there for you when you needed information, advice, or a delightful story. He was the type of person who would light up a room with his smile. He was an enthusiastic person who was friends to all. The scholarship celebrates his legacy and encourages the recipient to give more than they take from any situation: to not just be a colleague, associate, or partner, but to be a friend to all you encounter. The recipient should strive to work hard, have fun, and give back.
Darren Was Memorial Scholarship
The Darren Was scholarship was established in the summer of 2019 to honor the life of Darren Was and to continue his legacy of positivity, excellence, generosity, and service. Darren was a Senior Vice President for The Was Group as a Commercial Real Estate Consultant collaborating with his father and brother in North Haledon, New Jersey. Darren Was smart, funny, and charming. He quickly became the life of the party wherever he went. He excelled at commercial real estate and was known for placing retailers in the perfect place and space. The Darren Was Memorial Scholarship is an annual, merit-based scholarship, which focuses on rewarding ambitious, driven, goal-oriented individuals with an interest in commercial real estate. Financial need and overcoming adversity in life to achieve goals also will be considered.
Other recent scholarship winners are:
- Yayi Ding
- Alex Scampitilla
- Yasmeen Said
- Emily Zhou
- Evan Collins
- Vincent Stroll
- Noah Reily
- Cole Schillne
- Logan Walker
- Aana Tsakiris
- Douglas Taylor
- Claire McDonough
- Samuel Carduner
- Sydney Apter
- Walter Stack