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

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NRF Foundation announced its list of Ray Greenly Scholarship semi-finalists

WASHINGTON, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer vacation just got better for 25 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country as the NRF Foundation today announced its list of Ray Greenly Scholarship semi-finalists. These semi-finalists are now in the running to be named a finalist and potential recipient of either a $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. The five finalists will be recognized and the top recipient announced in front of thousands of their peers, retail executives and industry leaders at the Shop.org Digital Summit in Philadelphia in October.

The Ray Greenly Scholarship provides financial support to students pursuing a degree in fields most relevant to the rapidly-growing careers in digital retail such as engineering, communications, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

“The retail industry is especially unique when it comes to careers in the digital arena, giving passionate individuals the opportunity to make a difference in the future of innovation in ways no other industry can,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director and NRF Senior Vice President Ellen Davis. “These students have a long list of qualities that we think will make them leaders wherever they may end up. We are incredibly excited to recognize their hard work and know we’ll see great things from all of them.”

As part of the application process, each recipient was required to submit a case study project in addition to two essays on their career aspirations and retail innovations. The case study allowed the students to showcase their ideas on how retailers can improve their omnichannel strategies.

Dozens of retail executives are involved in selecting the finalists based on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated in their submitted applications. Following the initial selection, a panel of executive judges, who will convene during the Shop.org Digital Summit, will interview the five finalists to determine the four $10,000 scholarship recipients and the top $25,000 scholarship recipient.

The following students have been named semi-finalists for the 2015 Ray Greenly Scholarship. To learn more about them, visit https://nrf.com/career-center/scholarships/ray-greenly-scholarship/class-of-2015.

Margaret Brown (Flower Mound, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Louise Dees (Cincinnati, OH)
Xavier University, MBA

Nichole Fallis (Helotes, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Mariana Flores Sosa (Savannah, GA)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Morgan Ginn (Deltona, FL)
University of Florida, Marketing

Taylar Gomez (Friendswood, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Christopher Gray (Pittsburgh, PA)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA

Shannon Hamilton (Houston, TX)
Northwestern University, MBA

Elizabeth Jarabek (Allen, TX)
Texas A&M University, Management

Lexis Kambour (Long Valley, NJ)
University of Delaware, Fashion Merchandising

Emily Kuebker (San Antonio, TX)
Texas A&M University, Marketing

Hayley Larson (Fountain, MN)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Ashley Lo (Sugar Land, TX)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Grace Luo (New York, NY)
Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Merchandising and Management

Jennifer Phiri (Strongsville, OH)
Kent State University, Fashion Merchandising

Marcy Plefka (Hurst, TX)
University of North Texas, Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Joseph Quan (San Marino, CA)
University of Pennsylvania, MBA

Matthew Rudin (Dix Hills, NY)
University of Pennsylvania, Economics

Alexandria Seay (Florissant, MO)
Lindenwood University, Masters in Communications

Danielle Sosalski (Philadelphia, PA)
LIM College, Fashion Merchandising

Lori Teich (Beachwood, OH)
Northwestern University, Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications

Amanda Tobias (Bradenton, FL)
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Business Management

Marta Wangard (Brookfield, WI)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Retail and Entrepreneurship

Sophia Wilson (Plainfield, IN)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Jacy Witt (Carrollton, TX)
Texas A&M University, Marketing

The Ray Greenly Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a former Shop.org vice president who lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005.  His generous and kind spirit inspired NRF to establish a scholarship that provides financial support to students pursuing a degree in fields most relevant to digital retail such as engineering, computer science, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

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.­­ https://nrf.com/who-we-are/nrf-foundation

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