NRF Foundation announces 25 student semi-finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program

WASHINGTON, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (October 25, 2017) announced 25 students as semi-finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program, which provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. In a new phase of the competition this year, semi-finalists will be required to complete a written project and interview with an assigned retailer.

“True to its name, this scholarship identifies and rewards the retail industry’s brightest rising stars,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “We adjusted the application process this year to attract a wider pool of qualified students, and ended up with a truly talented group from schools across the country. All of our semi-finalists exhibit remarkable leadership skills and will no doubt make their mark on the retail industry.”

In the first phase of the competition, 99 applicants from 42 schools submitted an essay, a personal brand video, two letters of recommendation, a resume and school transcripts. A panel of retail executives judged those materials to select the semi-finalists, and a second panel of retail experts will use the new written projects and interviews to select five finalists. Of the finalists, four will each receive a $10,000 scholarship and one will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Natalie Alonzo, Pennsylvania State University
  • Shane Baglione, University of Florida
  • Marlowe Camblin, Santa Clara University
  • Jessa Chargois, Cornell University
  • Lea Chen, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rachelle Duperoux, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Tyshaia Earnest, Kent State University
  • Madeline Harpham, University of Georgia
  • Isabel Jimenez, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Paige Lindsey, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Amaya Linsey, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Brian Lucksinger, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Katarina Mejean, University of Delaware
  • Courtney Nash, University of Arizona
  • Ariel Norris, Butler University
  • Carlo Pardo, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Sadie Lee Pierce, Mississippi State University
  • Brittany Rhoa, Kent State University
  • Kelly Skoglund, University of Georgia
  • Emylee Smith, Ohio University
  • Mollina So, Kent State University
  • Kathryn Steib, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Nick Trifelos, Butler University
  • Reanne Wang, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Hannah Witteried, Butler University

The top recipient will be announced on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala, January 14, during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. In addition to providing scholarships to the top five students, the Foundation pays travel expenses for all semi-finalists to attend the Foundation’s January 12-14 Student Program, held during NRF 2018.

Along with the scholarship semi-finalists and finalists, more than 700 students are expected to attend the Student Program, where they have the chance to meet executives from some of the industry’s most popular brands such as Disney, The Home Depot, Macy’s, West Elm and Nike. Students will hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions, and will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers through an executive mentoring session.

To learn more about the scholarship, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes 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. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

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NRF Foundation announces top five finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program

WASHINGTON, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation Foundation today (December 15, 2016) announced this year’s top five finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program, which provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. The finalists will travel to New York City, where they will interview with a panel of retail executives who will award four $10,000 scholarships and one $25,000 scholarship.

The top recipient will be announced on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala on January 15 during Retail’s BIG Show.

“Each year we are impressed by the caliber of students that apply for this scholarship and their level of creativity and passion towards retail,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Through their essays, this year’s finalists demonstrated excitement, innovation, leadership, and passion that is very crucial in shaping the future of the retail industry.”

The finalists are:

  • Jill Davis, University of Georgia
  • Makaela Hill, Indiana University
  • Margaret Kwon, The New School – Parsons School of Design
  • Danielle Mennella, LIM College
  • Kaley Suero, University of Pennsylvania

In addition to the top finalist awards, the NRF Foundation provides all 20 semi-finalists with travel scholarships to attend the NRF Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show and the NRF Foundation Gala.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Elizabeth Dumont, Auburn University
  • Savannah Kleiner, Butler University
  • Victoria Shibly, Columbia College Chicago
  • Hannah Patrick, Drexel University
  • Matthew Talbot, East Carolina University
  • Sarah Botscheller, Kent State University
  • Megan Miller, Lasell College
  • Gabrielle Martinez, Mississippi State University
  • Ariana Frankel, Santa Clara University
  • Crystal Paris, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta
  • Alyssa McKinzie, Texas A&M University
  • Traum-Anh Nguyen, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Christian Sopoco, Texas Woman’s University
  • Laura Martinez, University of Alabama
  • Brenna McKeown, University of Florida
  • Samantha Pineda, University of Georgia
  • Brenna Schlauderaff, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Lisa Liu, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leah Jenkins, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Rita Roloff, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Over 500 students are expected to attend the January 13-15 Student Program, which exposes students to executives from some of the industry’s most popular brands such as Disney, The Home Depot, Macy’s, West Elm and Nike. Students will hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions and will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers through an executive mentor session.

To learn more about the scholarship, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration.

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes 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. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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The NRF Foundation to award 25 outstanding students for its Next Generation Scholarship program on January 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, 2015-12-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation will award $125,000 in scholarships to 25 outstanding students as a part of its Next Generation Scholarship program. Today, the NRF Foundation has named the top five finalists, who will interview with a panel of executive judges to determine the four $10,000 scholarship recipients and the top $25,000 recipient of the Next Generation Scholarship.

The top recipient will be revealed on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and retail insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala in New York City on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

The five finalists for the 2016 NRF Next Generation Scholarship are:

  • Ashley Biscan, magazine journalism, University of Georgia
  • Grace Dusek, marketing, Texas A&M University
  • Emma Jumper, corporate finance, Mississippi State University
  • Macaira O’Connell, apparel merchandising, Indiana University
  • Rachel Weinstein, retailing and consumer sciences, The University of Arizona

“The hard work and passion that we see from students each and every day is a clear indicator that these motivated young leaders are already well on their way to shaping retail’s future,” NRF Senior Vice President and NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “All of the applicants for the Next Generation Scholarship exhibit the enthusiasm and eagerness we look for when awarding our scholarships, so there’s no question the decision to narrow it down to just five was extremely difficult.

“We are positive the retail industry will benefit greatly from the energy and inspiration that all of the scholarship recipients offer, and we look forward to seeing great things from them in the years to come,” continued Davis.

In addition to the five finalists, the NRF Foundation awards all 20 students named as semi-finalists with travel scholarships to attend the NRF Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show and the NRF Foundation’s Gala.

The 20 semi-finalists are:

  • Chanelle Bertelsen, Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah
  • Caroline Calle, University of Pennsylvania
  • Megan Dawson-Elli, University of Delaware
  • Betty Dominguez, University of Houston
  • Megan Donovan, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Eleonora Halon, LIM College
  • Megan Hornberger, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Zainah Irizarry, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Lindsay Kline, Indiana University
  • Ashley Lamb, Florida State University
  • Makala Mulder, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta
  • Delaney Murphy, University of North Texas
  • Camille Nzengung, University of Georgia
  • Jessica Papier, University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Amanda Phillips, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Cherokee Polk, Texas Woman’s University
  • Veronica Ribeiro, Santa Clara University
  • Cody Risinger, Kent State University
  • Amanda Tobias, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Tess Williamson, Texas A&M University

Hundreds of students are expected to attend Retail’s BIG Show Student Program on January 15 – 16, 2016, which puts students in a room with executives behind the retail industry’s most popular brands such as Nike, Blue Mercury, Williams-Sonoma Inc. and HSNi. Students will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers and hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions.

To learn more about the Next Generation Scholarship, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration.

The NRF Foundation shapes 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. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Treacy Reynolds
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