By: Clemson Media Relations
A $25,000 gift from a Greenville couple will help all students in the MRED program become members of the leading professional organization in the field. Phil and Lauren Hughes have established the Hughes ULI Student Fellowship Award that will pay membership fees for all the students to join the Urban Land Institute. A second fund for the Hughes Distinguished Student Award will recognize two outstanding graduates with $500 cash awards annually.
Phil Hughes (pictured at right) is a commercial real estate developer and president of Hughes Investments Inc. based in Greenville. He also teaches real estate development strategic planning at Clemson. Lauren Hughes is a 1984 graduate of Clemson’s financial management program.
"It's an inspired idea," said Thomas Schurch, chair of the School of Planning, Development, Preservation and Landscape Architecture, which houses the MRED program. "This gift allows Clemson to continue to provide engaging experiences for our real estate graduate students that will help them build a network within the professional real estate community while they are completing their coursework at Clemson."
Recipients of the 2011 Hughes Distinguished Student Award are Mack H. Cross of Winston-Salem, N.C., and C. Holly Douglas of Greenville.
"It's fun to contribute to the real estate development students in a way that will help them make the kinds of professional connections that may not only land them jobs later, but also establish business relationships that can last their entire careers," said Hughes. "It's also a privilege to be able to reward Holly and Mack for their terrific achievements. They're not only great students, but they each exemplify the kind of creative thinking and problem solving that will serve them well throughout their lives."
Clemson's Master of Real Estate Development program is recognized nationally for its unique collaboration between two of Clemson’s colleges: the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the College of Business and Behavioral Science. The Hughes' student-focused gift is part of Clemson's The Will to Lead capital campaign, an effort to raise more than $600 million to support students and faculty.