Graduate Students Win International Facility Management Association Foundation Scholarship

Georgia Tech School of Building Construction Winners receive 2018 IFMA Scholarship Awards
Middle of Left Photo: Sungil Hong | Left in Right Photo: Duo Xu


Ph.D. student, Sungil Hong, and MSBCFM student, Duo Xu, are both recipients of the 2018 International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation Scholarship.

All winners received a scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Charlotte, North Carolina where they were honored during the IFMA World Workplace conference, October 1-5, 2018.

The IFMA Foundation scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and scholarship sponsor criteria which includes a checklist of 27 inquiries.

Applicants are evaluated on achievements/accomplishments, involvement, letter of professional intent, resume, recommendation letter, geography, and industries of interest.

The Foundation supports aspiring and practicing Facility Managers (FMs) in their efforts to reach higher, go farther and make a difference.

“I want to focus on improving built environments and making profits from generated values,” Song said. “In particular, the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction is the top program of Facility Management that gives an opportunity to achieve my goal.”

Hong and Xu were encouraged to apply by Eunhwa Yang, assistant professor at the School of Building Construction.

Her scholarly passion lies in the area of sustainable building practices and the relationship between people and the built environment. Her current research focuses on stakeholder engagement and energy efficiency in tenanted properties.

Yang has received multiple fellowships from IFMA.

In 2016, the Foundation awarded more than $160,000 in scholarships towards the pursuit of FM degrees. The scholarships are a principal strategy in creating the next generation of FM professionals.

“I chose the Georgia Tech School of Building Construction because this degree (Master of Science in Building Construction and Facility Management) brings me the entire life cycle of building projects,” said Xu.

“I can meet many professionals from the academic area and industry and get research support from the school. This is my first time learning about the FM industry, and I am impressed by its potential, combined with technology, which I believe is future.”