The NRF Foundation announces 25 semi-finalists for the Ray Greenly Scholarship

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today announced 25 semi-finalists for the Ray Greenly Scholarship, which provides financial support to students pursuing degrees in fields related to digital retailing. Five finalists will be announced at Retail’s Digital Summit in Dallas in September, with four students receiving a $10,000 scholarship each and one receiving $25,000.

“Digital retail is a field that cannot be ignored,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “It is a fast-growing part of our industry that gives creative and passionate individuals the power to change the future of consumer buying and behavior. These students’ entrepreneurial spirits and pioneering vision will make them future leaders of the retail industry.”

Each applicant was required to go through two phases of the application process.  Phase one required each student to submit an innovation essay, along with a two-minute personal brand video and their transcripts. For phase two, the NRF Foundation developed case studies with HSN, Nordstrom and REI, and executives from these companies hosted information sessions with the students assigned to their company’s case to answer questions and provide additional information related to the case study. Applicants were not required to be in a retail program or major to apply, but were encouraged to explain how their major relates to digital retail.

MEET THE CLASS OF 2016

Learn more about the Ray Greenly Scholarship and meet this year’s semi-finalists.

More than 75 retail executives were involved in selecting the semi-finalists based on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated in their applications. A panel of executive judges will convene at September’s Summit to interview the semi-finalists and determine which will receive the four $10,000 scholarships and the top $25,000 scholarship.

The scholarship was established to honor former Shop.org Vice President Ray Greenly, who died of cancer in 2005. The program provides financial aid to students studying in fields such as engineering, computer science, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

The following students have been named semi-finalists. To learn more, click here.

Megan Blissick (Newark, DE)
University of Delaware

Cedar Brumm (Elsah, IL)
Principia College

Melodie Davis-Bundrage (Athens, GA)
University of Georgia

Kamaria Campbell (Chicago, IL)
University of Chicago

Emily Carrillo (Santa Clara, CA)
Santa Clara University

Isabella Costa (Savannah, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah

Morgan Ginn (Gainesville, FL)
University of Florida

Katherine Hammes (Ithaca, NY)
Cornell University

Koleen Hernandez (New York, NY)
Fashion Institute of Technology

Jessica Landzberg (St. Louis, MO)
Washington University in St. Louis

Indy Lau (New York, NY)
Fashion Institute of Technology

Gracie Leung (Newark, DE)
University of Delaware

Ada Lio (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Pennsylvania

Amantha Lott (Savannah, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah

Brian Lucksinger (Madison, WI)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jamie McTigue (Auburndale, MA)
Lasell College

Tim Miller (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Pennsylvania

Maria Alejandra Murillo (Atlanta, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

Giannina Ong (Santa Clara, CA)
Santa Clara University

Ce’Erica Roland Ferguson (Atlanta, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

Kaitlin Ross (Cambridge, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ashleigh Scheidler (Atlanta, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

Kaley Suero (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Pennsylvania

Austin Tolentino (Chicago, IL)
Loyola University Chicago

Kara Woodward (Kent, OH)
Kent State University

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation, shaping retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

Contact:
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Source: NRF