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Scholarship Honors Outstanding Real Estate Student

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego’s Knauss School of Business announced this month that Nicholas (Nick) Bost, a member of the class of 2022, is the recipient of the Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship.

This award honors exceptional real estate students who exhibit academic excellence and intellectual curiosity. The scholarship is given to students who best epitomize 1998 graduate Daniel (Dan) Woodruff’s positive qualities of academic excellence, warmth, determination, intellectual curiosity and unabashed love for humankind. Bost will graduate in May from the University of San Diego’s Knauss School of Business. He is majoring in real estate and minoring in philosophy, politics, economics (PPE).

A Passion for Real Estate

Bost was born and raised in Southern California, with his first exposure to real estate during high school in Newport Beach. This led him to the undergraduate real estate program at USD. In 2021, he earned the California Real Estate Salesperson’s License. He then joined the Kappel Realty Group at Compass, a residential brokerage team in San Diego.

During his four years at USD, Bost completed a summer internship at CBRE’s Capital Markets division, competed on USD’s winning 2022 NAIOP University Challenge team, served as president of the Real Estate Society, a student-run organization at USD, and was involved with the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Upon graduation, Bost wants to pursue a career in commercial real estate development specializing in residential and mixed-use development.


Bost’s accomplishments also include attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Highly Prestigious Honor

“The Woodruff Scholarship is a highly prestigious scholarship and Nick was the unanimous choice by the real estate faculty and the Burnham-Moores Center team this year,” says Stath Karras, executive director of the Burnham-Moores Center. “Nick is passionate about learning, and in particular, understanding the many facets of the real estate industry. Nick was active and visible in our real estate program and will no doubt be a leader in the real estate community.”

Dan Woodruff served in the U.S. Navy from 1992-96. He earned his undergraduate degree with emphasis in economics and finance from the University of San Diego School of Business. His passion was real estate finance, an outgrowth of his self-directed studies of derivative securities, including mortgage-backed securities. Dan was awarded numerous scholarships and was recognized repeatedly for his academic excellence and leadership at USD. On campus, among other activities, he served as president of the Intercollegiate Business Policy Competition Team, one of the toughest challenges in the School of Business, and as president of the USD Chapter of Toastmasters.

What set Woodruff apart from his peers, said those who knew him, was his extraordinary intellectual curiosity and sophistication, his maturity and warm personal style, and his tremendous capacity for friendships, for reaching out to others and for love. Woodruff was an inspiration to his family and to all who knew him. After graduating from USD, Woodruff accepted a position in secondary marketing at one of the nation’s largest independent mortgage banking firms. However, within months he was diagnosed with cancer, a battle he fought with incredible determination and spirit for almost two years. While Dan Woodruff never had a chance to become part of the older generation, he was wise beyond his years.

From a diary Woodruff maintained throughout his life’s journey, he shared the following: “Looking at where I am now, solidifies that we need to live for the ‘now,’ to take advantage of what we have, not take it for granted. Nothing is granted. It is all a blessing, all we have, all we feel, all we see.” Woodruff was told of the Burnham-Moores Center’s decision to create this scholarship as a permanent memorial to his life about four weeks before he died. He was overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude.

A Legacy to Live Up To

Nick Bost reflected on the meaning of the scholarship he received.

“I can only hope to live up to Dan’s legacy of leadership, gratitude and passion for learning and personal growth,” he said. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in his name and to be awarded this scholarship. My biggest goal in life is to be a leader and to help others. Being recognized as someone with that potential by those I respect is a very special thing which I am so incredibly grateful for.”

Bost was also recently awarded the Burnham-Moores Center’s Real Estate Impact Scholarship, the California Homebuilding Association Scholarship, as well as the James Previti Family Foundation Scholarship. Additionally, he was honored for the Departmental Honors Award for his academic achievements in real estate courses taken at USD. 


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