Next Generation Scholarship

There are followers, and there are leaders – which are you? The Next Generation Scholarship is the pinnacle achievement for students at NRF University Member schools who are currently pursuing retail careers or majors relevant to retail; students who have demonstrated they’re prepared to be future leaders and make an impact in the retail industry. This scholarship program is a perfect fit for students who have the skills, insights, and interest to be successful in the retail industry.

Annual Amount

1 $25,000

4 $10,000

Additional Selection Criteria

Any student eligible to earn a scholarship must be a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled full-time at a
University Member school at the time when the scholarship is presented in January 2019. Employees of National Retail Federation and their immediate families and household members are ineligible to enter and earn scholarships.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident eligible to work in the United States.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have had prior or current experience working in a retail job or retail internship. This could be anything from working as a bagger at a grocery store or a server/host at a restaurant to having a summer internship with a retailer. 
  • Be available to attend and participate in Retail’s BIG Show and Student Program in New York City, January 14-16, 2018.

Application Process

The 2019 Next Generation scholarship application process consists of two phases. In the first phase applicants are required to submit an essay, personal brand video, letters of recommendation, resume,
headshot and school transcripts. The application deadline for phase one is Sunday, September 9th at11:59pm ET. There will be short review period during which applicants will be selected to move on to the
second phase of the application process.

In the second phase, applicants will be required to complete a company specific project and interview with
an assigned retailer. Applicants will be notified by October 9th if they have been selected to move on to this
phase and will receive their assigned project. The application deadline for phase two is Tuesday, October 30th,at11:59pm ET.

For the application and more details please visit the website below,


September 9, 2018

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