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The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

2018 Next Generation at Student Program

Next Generation Scholarship

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The NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship is the pinnacle achievement for students at a NRF University Member school who are currently pursuing retail careers or majors relevant to retail. This opportunity was created for students who have demonstrated leadership skills, previous retail experience, and a passionate interest in making an impact in the retail industry. Since its launch, more than $100,000 in funds have been awarded through the Next Generation Scholarship.

HOW TO APPLY

The 2019 Next Generation Scholarship application is not yet available. Please email scholarships@nrf.com for more information.

Who is eligible to apply? The NRF Foundation 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 2019.
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 11-13, 2019. 

Previous Next Generation finalists and semifinalists and Ray Greenly finalists are not eligible to apply. For more information, review the full eligibility requirements (PDF).

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