How NRF Foundation scholarships build confidence: ‘You can do this.’

Columbia College Chicago finalist reflects on experience
By Lottie Watts
Published Feb 25, 2022

Robert Davison Long is one of the five finalists in the 2022 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship – the highest honor the NRF Foundation awards to undergraduate students.

“I worked so hard. There were many nights where I was up in the wee hours of the morning. It was something I did not take for granted,” the Columbia College Chicago junior says. “What it taught me was patience with myself – to step back and say, ‘You can do this.’”

Hear more of what the fashion studies major learned from the competition 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, who will be featured in new videos in the coming weeks. Up next: Sabrina Leibowitz of Drexel University.

Applications for the 2023 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship are due 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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