NRF Sponsored Scholarship: Now Live!

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“It just opens the door to meeting top level executives and getting your name out there”

           Emmanuel Torres​ The University of Arizona (Ray Greenly Scholarship Recipient 13')

The Ray Greenly Scholarship is sponsored by the NRF (National Retail Federation).

This opportunity awards over $100,000 in scholarships to students who have the potential to succeed in digital retail and e-commerce. The Ray Greenly Scholarship is awarded to students with entrepreneurial spirits who have the capacity to creatively connect retail customers to brands and products online.  All sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled full-time at any accredited U.S. college or university are eligible to apply! You do not have to be in a retail program or major to apply, but be sure to demonstrate how your program of study is relevant to digital media.

This scholarship has been described as “life-changing” for those selected as both finalists and recipients. This is because the scholarship, itself, affords students selected as finalists the opportunity to:

  1. Explore entrepreneurial ideas and work closely with a major retailer.
  2. Discover digital retail and put your name in front of retail industry experts through the judging process.
  3. Receive a $1,500 travel scholarship to interact with top retail executives in Los Angeles, CA at SHOP.Org, Sept. 25-27, for your chance to earn a $25,000 academic scholarship.

Two Phase Application Process

Phase One: Submit an innovative essay, personal brand video, and school transcripts. Deadline is Monday, April 3 at 11:59pm, Eastern.

Phase Two: Applicants selected to move on to phase two will be notified by April 10th and those selected are required to submit a five page paper on a company specific case study, letter of recommendation, resume, and headshot. Moreover, Applicants must participate in a mandatory one-hour call with their assigned retailer with week of April 10th. Deadline is Monday, June 26 at 11:59pm, Eastern.

Click here for detailed information on the scholarship, application process, including writing prompts and instructions, requirements, and tips. Also, the NRF is hosting an information session on Thursday, February 16 at 3PM (ET) to explain the scholarship requirements and process. The dial-in number is 1-866-855-1143 and participant code is 49572241#.