PAVE Scholarships and Grants

The mission of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is to support students studying in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising; therefore, PAVE has created the Student Scholarship Program to assist students with funds to cover basic needs. 

The Ingenious Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in Visual Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, Retail Merchandising, Interior Design and Hospitality Management through a $2,500 scholarship*.

ZenGenius is a creative agency rooted in the principles and practice of visual merchandising that provides solutions for brand activation through visual strategy and development, planning, sourcing, implementation and hands-on execution, bringing life to consumer experiences across all platforms.

Annual Amount


Additional Selection Criteria


  1. Student must be enrolled in a program working towards a degree in Visual Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, Retail Merchandising, Interior Design or Hospitality Management.
  2. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Student must be considered full-time, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
  4. Student must be a United States or Canadian citizen.

Application Process


The following items must be included in your application for your request to be considered:

  1. Letter of Consideration (Max 500 Words):  How would this scholarship make a difference in your life?  How would you make a difference in the retail industry?
  2. Project Folio:  Submit 3 of your most ingenious pieces of work.  It can be a photo of a visual display, a sketch or rendering of an idea or concept that you've created.
  3. One reference:  We will need a phone number and an e-mail address of your reference.  Can be a professor, faculty member or an employer (including internship supervisors).  References CANNOT be friends or family members.
  4. Must include a copy of your current transcript (official or unofficial).
  5. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.
  6. All applications must be received by January 31, 2021 to be considered.

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January 31, 2021

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