Undergraduate and graduate students from across the country studying everything from marketing to economics to technology were selected by the NRF Foundation as finalists and semi-finalists for the Ray Greenly Scholarship. The 25 students below attended the Shop.org Summit and Student Program in Seattle, where they experienced exclusive networking opportunities with retail CEOs and senior executives.
The five finalists traveled to Seattle for interviews with a panel of retail executive judges. Of the finalists, three received a $10,000 scholarship, a runner-up received a $15,000 scholarship and a top recipient received a $25,000 scholarship. Get to know the finalists in this video from the Shop.org Summit, and help us congratulate FIT student Evan Chisholm, this year's top recipient.
Kevin Ertell, Shop.org board member and Sur La Table exec, shared his own digital retail career story, and what he’ll look for when he interviews finalists in Seattle. Read the interview.
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fashion Merchandising Management
Known for wanting to explore outside his comfort zone, Evan believes there is beauty in not knowing exactly what the future holds. Laticha Brown, an Instructor at FIT, explains that “Evan’s enthusiasm for marketing and advertising especially in the digital world is part of his DNA.” Having a “mind built for business,” professors view Evan as a leader who is definitely going places.
Originally from Ghana, Nelly defines herself as one part technology nerd, one part playful artist who loves to take pictures, naps and chances. Despite her parents’ plea to pick a traditional major, Nelly studied technology entrepreneurship at Stanford where she learned to push the boundaries of what’s possible in retail. Renee Richardson Gosline, Assistant Professor at Sloan School of Management, simply calls Nelly, “the future of marketing and a triple threat: technologically proficient, strategically-minded, and creatively gifted.”
University of Pennsylvania
Describing herself as a “passionate and proactive entrepreneur,” Anjali strives to be the person who changes the game instead of the person simply playing along. Anjali was taught to be a game changer by implementing the five words “Go Do Something About It” in all her initiatives. Her MBA professor David Hsu portrays Anjali as a person who “will contribute tremendously as a leader in the retail world given her innate ability to quickly learn, create and communicate.”
Science, Technology and Society
As a career-driven person who cherishes mentorship, Sophia is a firm believer in the “gift economy.” In her own words, “When someone puts his or her time into you, you pass it on, becoming a mentor yourself.” During her college career, Sophia co-founded an online fast-fashion marketplace for Stanford’s campus called ClosetLoop.
Texas A&M University
Through an internship at The Container Store, Carlin has embraced the idea that one great employee equates to three good employees. She tries to be a sponge, soaking in as much information as possible through career building experiences and always looking for new projects and opportunities. Lauren Osborne, Program Coordinator for the Center for Retailing Studies, notes that Carlin’s involvement and her “drive to learn, volunteerism, creativity, and passion for retail” is what makes her stand out as a true leader.