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Prestigious two-year fellowship develops real estate experience and builds leadership skills

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Martin University graduate Kristin Liggin has been selected as a participant in Intend Indiana’s prestigious two-year Trent Garrett Fellowship, effective July 5. The program is exposing her to professional development opportunities, industry-wide networking opportunities, and real-world examples of what it’s like working in the real estate development and community development finance industries.

Liggin recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Martin University with a bachelor’s in Business Administration. During her college career she interned with the Indianapolis Pacers. She began a career in property management in 2015 and became a licensed real estate broker in 2021, leveraging her property management experience to better understand the diverse housing needs of underrepresented communities.

Liggin joins two other Hoosiers who have been selected to the fellowship, which is designed for aspiring real estate professionals. They are: Michael Grossniklaus, a Ball State University graduate, and Precious Stevenson, an Urban Land Institute REDI program graduate with a Real Estate certificate from the Indiana Real Estate Institute. Grossniklaus and Stevenson began their fellowship on June 5.

“We are proud of Kristin and congratulate her on receiving this impressive scholarship that is dedicated to addressing housing disparities and improving the community,” said Dr. Sean Huddleston, President of Martin University. “She continues Martin’s outstanding reputation of graduating students who are making a lasting impact in our city and state.”

“The Trent L. Garrett Fellowship embodies principles that will accelerate my mission to bring about meaningful change within the community,” said Trent Garrett Fellow Kristin Liggin. “With this opportunity, I plan to build upon skills I have gained through my experience in property management and gain more in-depth exposure to new real estate strategies that support efforts to combat barriers to homeownership, reduce the affordable housing gap, and support community development.”

Intend partners with community-based organizations, nonprofits, foundations, banks, and state and local governments to leverage resources and deliver impactful programs designed to meet the needs of the community. Intend Indiana is also a chartered member of NeighborWorks America.

Founded in 1977, Martin University is Indiana's only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) of higher education. It is steeped in a history of service, and its mission is to educate and develop diverse workforce-ready students in an inclusive, supportive, and collegiate environment. Martin University's vision is to elevate the landscape while providing transformative opportunities, inclusive support, and service to our communities.

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