By Lauren Comander
When Jarrod Woodley started his Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) at the College of Business, he brought with him a history of failures but a perseverance to turn things around. Ten months later at the Hollo School of Real Estate program’s graduation dinner on June 30, he not only earned the Director’s Award and the Leadership Award for online students, but walked away with one of two $12,125 Catherine & Malcolm Butters Real Estate Scholarships to ease his student debt.
“Wow!” Woodley said to a crowd of graduates, families and professors gathered at Smith and Wollensky in Miami Beach. “I’m at a loss for words. I walked in here for the free steak, and I’m walking out of here with a whole bunch of loans paid off!”
Woodley and Andrew Miranda are the latest MSRE graduates to benefit from the scholarship that Malcolm Butters MS ’83, president and co-founder of Coconut Creek-based Butters Construction and Development, established in 2014.
“There is $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and this is our way of helping the cause somewhat,” said Butters, who also recently signed on to co-chair the Hollo Advisory Board and seed an endowment for a professorship. “These students aren’t coming out of wealthy families and going to Harvard. They are from real families with day-to-day jobs and professionals who are just trying to go to school.”