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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.

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Scholarships

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The NRF Foundation offers a variety of scholarship programs for college students to enhance their education, experience retail in a new and exciting way, and make valuable connections to take the next step in their career. Tailored for the best of the best, our scholarships expose students to a transformative industry and introduces them to industry recruiters and executives -- all while earning money towards their tuition and education.

2018 Next Generation Scholarship recipient, Courtney Nash

The NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship recognizes outstanding students at NRF member schools who are currently pursuing retail careers or a business major and have the skills, insights and interest to be successful in the retail industry. A pinnacle achievement for students seeking recognition by the retail community, this scholarship offers an award up to $25,000. Learn More.

2018 Student Challenge top team

The NRF Foundation Student Challenge is a business-case competition that allows students to showcase their creativity, business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to retail executives. Participation in the Student Challenge offers a chance to travel to New York City for Retail’s BIG Show, face-to-face interaction with some of retail’s biggest executives and a scholarship up to $5,000. Learn More.

2017 Ray Greenly Scholarship recipient

Open to all eligible U.S. college students, the Ray Greenly Scholarship offers scholarships to students pursuing a degree in fields most relevant to digital retail – such as engineering, computer science, marketing, business and e-commerce. Learn More.

Rising Stars with Tory Burch

The NRF Foundation Rising Stars Scholarship was created to teach freshman and sophomore students about the endless career opportunities available in the retail industry. Learn More.

NRF Student Ambassadors

The NRF Foundation Student Ambassadors are ambitious, resourceful, and highly-motivated students capable of leading the NRF Student Association on campus - is that you? This scholarship program allows one student per University Member campus to serve as the liaison between NRF and their school. This is an enormous opportunity to make a big impact, have fun, and help grow the NRF community on campus. Learn more.

Dream BIG Scholarship - Kristi Malicoat, Whole Foods

For five years, in collaboration with University of Phoenix, NRF offered the Dream BIG Scholarship. Ninety retail workers received a full-tuition scholarship to advance their careers through education.

Learn more about the recipients.

NRF Student Association

Take advantage of NRF Student Association membership benefits and student programs.