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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.

Student Challenge 2015 University of North Texas

Student Challenge Class of 2015

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Teams from NRF member schools submitted business plans and pitch videos for the second annual Student Challenge, and after two rounds of judging, three teams proceeded to the final round at Retail’s BIG Show.

Executive judges
  • Brian Baumann, former CFO at Brooks Brothers
  • Jennifer Cotter, EVP at HSN
  • Nancy Mair, SVP at Burlington Stores
  • Kim Sprague, SVP at Ross Stores

THE FINAL ROUND

Finalists met with judges on Friday, January 9 to make a final live presentation of their product pitch. Texas Woman’s University took home the top scholarship and bragging rights with their product idea — the Grad Cap Kit — “a do it yourself mortar board decorating kit.” University of North Texas came in second place with Trunk-Ease, a “trunk storage solution for the back of your car," and Texas A&M University came in third with their Warm Wrap product idea, "an oxygen activated thermal sleeve to keep your coffee hot for up to two hours longer.” Learn more about each team's product ideas.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS

Each student on the top team will receive a $2,500 scholarship; students on the runner-up team each receive a $1,000 scholarship and the third place team earns a $500 scholarship for each member. The top team was announced during the NRF Foundation’s inaugural Gala on Sunday, January 11 in New York. See more scenes from the Gala.

THE FINALISTS

It’s a Texas sweep! Meet the teams that competed for the top scholarship (and bragging rights):

Semi-Finalists

FIDM

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Madison

NRF Student Association

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