The 2020-2021 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. Applications are due on April 10, 2020.
Applicants will be notified by May 5, 2020 if they are selected to move on to the semi-finalist stage. In this phase, 25 students will be required to complete a case study created in collaboration with PetSmart, Inc. and two interviews with assigned retailers by August 7, 2020. From there, 10 students will advance and complete quick-fire video interviews with the NRF team. The top 5 finalists will then be selected and notified by September 16, 2020. The finalists will complete final round interviews with members of the NRF Foundation Board of Directors to determine the top recipient.
The top recipient will receive a $25,000 tuition scholarship, and four finalists will receive $10,000 tuition scholarships.
Learn more about the application process including submission requirements and key dates here.
The NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship is open to junior and senior students enrolled full-time at a NRF University Member school when the scholarship is awarded in January 2021.
A) Juniors or seniors enrolled full time at a University Member school at the time when the scholarship is presented in January 2021 (Note: current sophomores can apply if they will be of junior standing in January of 2021)
B) Must not have previously received an award of $10,000 or more from the NRF Foundation
C) Must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents eligible to work in the United States
D) Must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
E) Must have prior or current experience working in a retail job or 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.
F) Students in any major are eligible. Possible majors include business, merchandising, supply chain, analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, retail studies, computer science, marketing, communications, etc.