CREW Philadelphia is proud to announce its 2020 scholarship recipients!

June 8, 2020

Each year, CREW Philadelphia, awards scholarships to local college and university women who are pursuing a career in commercial real estate. These deserving women will receive a monetary award, as well as other benefits, including membership in CREW Philadelphia and opportunities to attend Chapter and CREW Network events. These scholarships only are made possible through the support of our members and sponsors – thank you!


Marzea Akter
Thomas Jefferson University ‘21

Holds a Bachelor of Architecture from North South University Bangladesh, the flagship university in Bangladesh.

Previous working experience in project planning, team management, and client relations.

Currently studying Sustainable Design at Jefferson University.

She believes we have a duty towards the world and our community, and values designing energy-efficient real estate.

Volunteers with the Jefferson Singers and with Ocean Conservancy.


Melanie Anderson
West Chester University ‘20

Throughout my academic experience, I have completed many courses and projects that focused on sustainability. My passions are in sustainable economic development that prioritizes the best interest of the people and our natural environment.

As an Urban and Environmental planning major, I have learned about the importance of community engagement, planning history and ethics, population geography, and land use planning.

As a graduate student, I have gained more experience in GIS and data analytics. I hope for a career in commercial real estate where I can apply all these skills to assist in creating a place that will be representative of all values of sustainability.

Additionally, my hobbies include gardening, hiking, traveling, and horseback riding.

Dhwani Mahesh Gala
Thomas Jefferson University ‘21

From Mumbai, India, and completed Bachelor's in Architecture in 2018

Passion for learning allowed me to pursue a Masters in Sustainable Design program at Thomas Jefferson University, and I am in my second semester.

I am certain that international exposure and studying at Jefferson is an excellent advantage for my future career and would allow me to make a much larger impact in preserving the environment and help save the world.


Maridarlyn Gonzalez
Thomas Jefferson University ‘22

Currently is enrolled at Jefferson University as a GIS and GeoDesign Masters student and works at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) as their Administrative and Outreach Coordinator.

Mari previously worked at the Energy Coordinating Agency, managing a network of 18 centers between Philadelphia and Delaware.

It is Mari’s involvement in community engagement and experience working with a wide range of people which allows her the ability to act as a bridge between people.

It is her vision to use data and community development tactics to help build diverse and robust business corridors.


Nicole Marks
Villanova University ‘20

I am a second year Master of Science in Environmental Science degree candidate and will be graduating after I complete my thesis research on contamination in commercial and urbanizing watersheds.

I am also a part-time Geographical Information System (GIS) Analyst.

Juniata College graduate with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish. I am seeking future employment in the field of environmental consulting/GIS analysis.

I am excited about the prospect of entering the commercial real estate community as an environmental consultant after graduation.


Quanniesha Pierre-Louis
Thomas Jefferson University ‘22

“Q” is currently pursuing a Masters of architecture degree at Jefferson University.

She previously graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Philadelphia University and went on to work at Converse Winkler Architecture, a WBE.

A native New Yorker, she has always been especially interested in the development of cities and urban areas. Combined with a passion for the built environment, she hopes to apply her studies and professional experience to projects that will spur positive development in the city of Philadelphia.

Q is well known for her positive attitude and eagerness to learn and face any challenge that comes her way.g the commercial real estate community as an environmental consultant after graduation.