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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.

Next Generation Class of 2018

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Ambitious students from more than 45 NRF member schools competed to represent the next generation of retail leaders. The students below received travel stipends to attend the Student Program at Retail’s Big Show and the NRF Foundation Gala in New York City.

Retail executives from 20 companies selected 25 semi-finalists who competed in a second round of judging for a chance to be selected as a finalist. The top recipient was announced at the NRF Foundation Gala and received a $25,000 scholarship; four finalists each received $10,000 scholarships. 

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2018 TOP RECIPIENT

Courtney Nash
University of Arizona

Since Courtney Nash was 14, she has set her sights on a career in retail. Having managed two boutiques, Nash has already learned invaluable leadership and communication skills. After graduation, she wants to travel the world to better understand the industry from a global standpoint. “I hope to settle in New York or San Francisco and will then embark on my next phase in the corporate retail world, surrounded by inspiring industry leaders.” Nash ultimately wants to use her retail experience to inspire and educate others, training within a corporate setting or teaching at a university. 

2018 RUNNER UP

Brian Lucksinger

Brian Lucksinger
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brian Lucksinger wasn’t exposed to much diversity growing up in rural Wisconsin, so attending MAGIC Fashion Week in Las Vegas ... well, it rocked his world. After understanding the power of retail to change his own life, Lucksinger began studying self-image congruency and representation marketing and is currently earning his Bachelor of Business Administration. He has worked retail on the sales floor and in the warehouse, but he dreams of becoming an entrepreneur with a brand that stands for representation while allowing people to express their own identities within the product. 

Meet the 2018 Next Generation Scholarship Finalists

2018 FINALISTS

Marlowe Camblin
Santa Clara University

Marlowe Camblin has come to love retail for its celebration of all things new and current. “I’ve been fortunate enough to witness the emergence of digital marketing and rapid penetration of e-tail,” she says. “Being a young adult during this time is very exciting to me.” Camblin’s experience working in retail has taught her an important lesson: Always put customers first. In five years, she sees herself working for a progressive, disruptive retailer, developing marketing strategies and selecting merchandise.

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Brittany Rhoa
Kent State University

First inspired to work in fashion by the 2004 movie “13 Going on 30,” Brittany Rhoa fueled that initial spark and today feels certain about setting off on a career path in retail. “I thrive in an environment that is constantly changing and challenging me.” Rhoa has lined up a product development coordinator position at Kohl’s and hopes to be a product manager in five years. Ultimately, she wants to become a vice president, and she looks forward to developing products and using her analytical and creative skills. 

Kelly Skoglund
University of Georgia

 As a Management Information Systems major, Kelly Skoglund has often found herself explaining to peers how her major fits with her minor in Fashion Merchandising. “I’ve been inspired to pursue a career in retail by integrating process and technical areas of study with the fast-paced and challenging environment that is retail.” During her career, Skolund hopes to see more women in leadership positions and imagines herself as a retail leader. She loves the industry because it’s ever-changing, influential and expressive. And she already understands an important lesson: “One has the ability to be a leader, no matter their position or pay grade.” 

2018 Semi-Finalists

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Natalie Alonzo

Pennsylvania State University

Shane Baglione

Shane Baglione

University of Florida

 

Jessa Chargois

Jessa Chargois

Cornell University

 

Lea Chen

Lea Chen 

University of Pennsylvania

Rachelle Duperoux

Rachelle Duperoux

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Tyshaia Earnest

Tyshaia Earnest

Kent State University

 

Madeline Harpham

Madeline Harpham

University of Georgia

Isabel Jimenez

Isabel Jimenez

Savannah College of Art and Design

Paige Lindsey

Paige Lindsey

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Amaya Linsey

Amaya Linsey

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Katarina Mejean

Katarina Mejean

University of Delaware

 

Ariel Norris

Ariel Norris

Butler University

 

Carlo Pardo

Carlo Pardo

Savannah College of Art and Design

Sadie Lee Pierce

Sadie Lee Pierce

Mississippi State University

 

Emylee Smith

Emylee Smith

Ohio University

 

Mollina So

Mollina So

Kent State University

Kathryn Steib

Kathryn Steib

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Nick Trifelos

Nick Trifelos

Butler University

 

Reanne Wang

Reanne Wang

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Hannah Witteried

Hannah Witteried

Butler University

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