The NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship is the pinnacle achievement for students interested in pursuing careers in retail. This opportunity was created for students of various academic backgrounds who have demonstrated leadership skills, previous retail experience, and a passion for making an impact. This scholarship develops students’ skills in retailing, business, and critical thinking, preparing and encouraging them to not only launch their career in retail, but be recognized among the next generation of leaders in the industry.
Next Generation scholarship application consists of two phases. In the first phase, applicants will submit an essay, personal brand video, two letters of recommendation, resume, headshot and school transcripts. In the semifinalist phase, students will be required to complete a case study created in collaboration with Meijer and two interviews with assigned retailers. The top recipient will receive a $25,000 tuition scholarship, and four finalists will receive $10,000 tuition scholarships.
Applicants must be juniors or seniors enrolled full time at a University Member school at the time when the scholarship is presented. They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have prior or current experience working in a retail job or internship.