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The NRF Foundation provides the skills and resources needed for a life-changing career.  As NRF's nonprofit 501(c)(3), we connect people to an industry that’s a great place to start and a great place to grow. Together, we help people build better lives and stronger communities.


More than $100,000 in scholarships available for undergraduates

NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship
Applications for the NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship are closed. Undergraduates can still participate in the NRF Foundation Student Challenge.
NRF Foundation Student Challenge
Get real-world experience with the NRF Foundation Student Challenge. Earn up to $5,000 per team member in the business case competition with Kohl's. Deadline: Oct. 10

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What drives the CEO of McDonald’s
Chris Kempczinski
The List 2022 honoree Chris Kempczinski answers “20 Questions”
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Introducing The Visionary 2022: Target CEO Brian Cornell
Headshot of Target CEO Brian Cornell in a blue shirt and red tie
Target Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell will receive The Visionary award from NRF
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10 go-to-market strategies move forward in NRF Foundation scholarship competition
NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship
10 case studies for Meijer move ahead.
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How working part-time in retail pays off post-college
Getting hands-on experience applying concepts learned in classes pays off big time
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From Sephora to The Container Store: Unpacking success
After two decades at Sephora Americas, Satish Malhotra is now CEO and president at The Container Store
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Getting to the story behind the numbers with a Target planner
With five years of in-store and corporate experience, Christian Sopoco is now thriving as an associate planner
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The NRF Foundation training and credentialing program provides the skills to build a career in an industry that's a great place to start and grow. 

screenshot of Making Change transaction for a book featuring cash and coins
Making Change

One of our most popular lessons in our retail skills credentials is an interactive calculator that teaches you how to make correct change. We’ve broken this feature out and made it available on its own for anyone to use.