OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — NYIT women's soccer player Taylor Casey is being saluted for her academic accomplishments.
An architecture major, Casey is one of 12 undergraduate students in North America to be awarded a scholarship from the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation. The group "supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate."
Casey's award also includes a paid internship opportunity in real estate for the summer of 2018. Casey already has interned with four different architectural firms dating to high school.
"CREW Foundation Scholarships directly support our mission to encourage more young women to pursue careers in commercial real estate," said Jennifer Carey, CEO of JLC Environmental and chair of the scholarship committee. "The support we provide through the scholarships enables recipients studying commercial real estate to spend less time on the financial challenges of being a student and more on learning about their areas of interest and specialization, while simultaneously giving them the opportunity to enhance their careers by being a part of the strong organization of experts that is CREW Network."
Casey's initial interest was focused on design. She became more attuned to architecture during high school when she began shadowing professionals in the industry and did a mentorship program, which included producing a mock project. That led to internships in the field.
She currently is entering Year 4 of a five-year undergraduate architecture program at NYIT. Her primary interest rests in commercial real estate.
"I like how I can express myself and really impact people's lives in a positive way," Casey said about her interest in architecture. "The spaces we design are used by people every single day. That's very powerful."
Casey, a forward/midfielder from East Hartford, Conn., appeared in 10 matches last season for the Bears and tallied two goals. She also was named to the East Coast Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for achieving at least a 3.2 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year.
The NYIT women's soccer team opens its 2017 season on Sept. 1 at Stonehill College. The Bears make their home season debut on Sept. 14 against Georgian Court.
Under first-year head coach Rachel Reeves last season, the Bears produced their best ECC record since 2009.
"I'm looking forward to hopefully having a winning season," Casey said. "We have a lot of returning players. This is our time to win some games."