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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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Making inclusion count at Gap Inc.
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Get a close look at how passion for inclusion is improving the bottom line at Gap Inc.
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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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Fashion director for Saks shares inspiration sources, trends and more
Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Director Roopal Patel gives insights into her role
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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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Nike merchant shares his path to success
It’s about progress – not perfection, according to Nike Global Big Kids Merchant Evan Chisholm.
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Online training available now

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. 

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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.