Professor’s Legacy Honored With Scholarship 

After 37 years of teaching, researching and carrying out administrative duties, SDSU finance professor, Dr. Mehdi Salehizadeh, retired from the university in May, 2017.

Well, sort of…

If you still see his smiling face in the hallways of SDSU, there’s a good reason: Salehizadeh has agreed to continue to manage The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate until a full-time director is in place.

Thanks to his willingness to continue managing the center, as well as his long commitment to the Fowler College of Business, the advisory board for The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate chose to honor him with the Mehdi Salehizadeh Legacy Endowed Scholarship.

Salehizadeh Scholarship

Dr. Mehdi Salehizadeh

The idea for the scholarship arose with the center’s coordinator, Melissa Abeyta, was speaking with Scott Brusseau, chair of the center’s advisory board, as they explored ideas for honoring Salehizadeh as he neared retirement. Abeyta broached the idea of a scholarship. “The scholarship was a great way to thank him for all he’s given to SDSU, for sustaining The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate and his leadership within the Fowler College of Business,” said Abeyta.

The criteria for awarding the scholarships were set by Salehizadeh and is available to any qualified SDSU student who:

  • Is a junior majoring in either finance or real estate
  • Has at least a 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average
  • Is enrolled full-time at the Fowler College of Business

Also, depending on the size of the applicant pool and the student backgrounds, the scholarship committee my give priority to first generation college students.

“We are striving to raise at least $100,000 to create the scholarship fund in Mehdi’s name, which would be matched by the generous Fowler gift,” said Brusseau. “Our plan is to give out at least two $4000 scholarships or four $2000 scholarships each year. Mark McMillin, who founded the center to honor his late father, has been leading the effort to raise funds for the scholarship.”

The first scholarships will be given out during the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

For information about the scholarships, please contact Melissa Abeyta at [email protected].