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

The Next Generation Scholarship is open to sophomore, junior and senior students enrolled full-time at a NRF University Member school when the scholarship is awarded in January 2018.

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 2018 Next Generation scholarship application process consists of two phases. In the first phase, applicants are required to submit an essay, personal brand video, two letters of recommendation, resume, headshot and school transcripts. The application deadline for phase one is Sunday, September 17, at 11:59pm ET.

The top two scorers from each University Member school will receive a travel stipend to cover students’ registration and travel expenses to attend Retail’s BIG Show and Student Program in New York City. Travel stipends will be paid directly to the school. A selection committee will also select up to 25 applicants to move on to the second phase of the application process. These students are also invited to attend the NRF Foundation Gala.

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 12 if they have been selected to move on to this phase and will receive their assigned project. The application deadline for phase two is Wednesday, November 1, at 11:59pm ET.

A panel of retail executive judges will then select five finalists from the group of up to 25 students to receive scholarships. The NRF Foundation will announce the recipients during the NRF Foundation Gala.


November 1, 2017

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