Realizing your career path with top NRF Foundation scholarship

LIM College finalist shares experience
By Lottie Watts
Published Mar 23, 2022

One of the finalists competing in the NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship – the most prestigious honor the NRF Foundation bestows upon undergraduates – is Marcel Smith.  

“I knew I loved the business of the retail industry, but there are times when you doubt yourself,” the LIM College senior says. “This took that doubt away.”

Hear more of how the experience confirmed the fashion merchandising major’s career path in the video below:

The top recipient of the 2022 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship will receive $25,000, while the other four will each get $10,000. The announcement will be made on stage at the NRF Foundation Honors in New York City on April 13.

This story is part of the NRF Foundation’s interview series with the scholarship finalists. Up next: Brooke Williams of Ohio State University.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship is May 2. Learn more about the requirements, sign up for an informational call or explore additional scholarship opportunities from the NRF Foundation here.  

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