Ray Greenly Class of 2015

Undergraduate and graduate students from more than 40 schools across the country applied for the 2015 Ray Greenly Scholarship. Executives from companies like Walgreens, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Tractor Supply and Walmart served as judges to select the 25 semi-finalists below. Each student received a travel scholarship to attend the Shop.org Digital Summit and Student Program in Philadelphia from October 4-7.

Digital retail executives, including members of the Shop.org Board of Directors, selected five finalists, awarding one $25,000 scholarship to the top recipient and four $10,000 scholarships to the remaining finalists. Congratulations to this year's top recipient, the University of Pennsylvania's Matthew Rudin!

Learn more about the Class of 2015: Read the press release.

At the Shop.org 2015 Digital Summit in Philadelphia, True Fit sponsored the first ever Strut for Scholarships Executive Runway Battle to benefit the NRF Foundation. Check out the retail executives and scholarship finalists who participated.

Top Recipient

Matthew Rudin

University of Pennsylvania
Economics 

Fascinated with the intersection of technology and retail since high school, Matthew decided to study computer science and software development in college to prepare him for the e-commerce site he plans to build one day. It is a love of learning and problem solving that fuels his ambition and desire to create a site that “serves as the industry leader in data collection and strategic decision making.

Top recipient winner Matthew Rudin for the Ray Greenly scholarship

Finalists

Nichole Fallis
Nichole Fallis

University of North Texas
Digital Retailing and Merchandising

Although her original plan was to be a doctor, Nichole quickly realized there was something missing from her career aspirations: the ability to create original content. But it wasn’t long before she discovered how rewarding it is to develop something tangible while interning at a local magazine company. Now, with her heart set in product development, she plans to build “unimaginable digital experiences for customers” everywhere.

Mariana Flores Sosa

Savannah College of Art and Design
Fashion Marketing and Management

As an international student, Mariana believes it is her personal experiences — such as studying abroad in Hong Kong — that have awaken her creativity and expanded her understanding of global markets. Mariana plans to leverage her unique perspective to integrate technology and retail to impact developing countries like her home country, Mexico.

Mariana Flores Sosa
Ray Greenly Finalist 2015 - Christopher Gray
Christopher Gray

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MBA

Christopher’s retail internships have left him with the “nagging desire” to work in the industry’s exciting environment. His goal is to join the internal strategy department of a major retailer, where he believes he can expand existing strategies and pioneer new ones. With the hopes of leaving a lasting impression on the retail industry, Christopher is pursuing an MBA to develop a broader skillset that will help him make a big impact.  

Joseph Quan

University of Pennsylvania
MBA

As a child, Joseph realized the power of data observing his diabetic grandfather’s constant tracking and real-time reporting of glucose levels. That experience drives Joseph’s passion for working with organizations that push behavioral change through personal data. He hopes to master digital retail tools to produce, market and distribute new technology and create a higher self-awareness in regards to health.

Joseph Quan

Semi-finalists

Margaret Brown
Margaret Brown
University of North Texas
Digital Retailing and Merchandising
Louise Dees
Louise Dees
Xavier University
MBA
Morgan Ginn
Morgan Ginn
University of Florida
Marketing
Taylar Gomez
Taylar Gomez
University of North Texas
Digital Retailing and Merchandising
Shannon Hamilton
Shannon Hamilton
Northwestern University
MBA
Elizabeth Jarabek
Elizabeth Jarabek
Texas A&M University
Management
Lexis Kambour
Lexis Kambour
University of Delaware
Fashion Merchandising
Emily Kuebker
Emily Kuebker
Texas A&M University
Marketing
Hayley Larson
Hayley Larson
Savannah College of Art and Design
Fashion Marketing and Management
Ashley Lo
Ashley Lo
Savannah College of Art and Design
Fashion Marketing and Management
Grace Luo
Grace Luo
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fashion Merchandising and Management
Jennifer Phiri
Jennifer Phiri
Kent State University
Fashion Merchandising
Marcy Plefka
Marcy Plefka
University of North Texas
Digital Retailing and Merchandising
Alexandria Seay
Alexandria Seay
Lindenwood University
Master of Communication
Danielle Sosalski
Danielle Sosalski
LIM College
Fashion Merchandising
Lori Teich
Lori Teich
Northwestern University
Masters - Integrated Marketing Communications
Amanda Tobias
Amanda Tobias
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Business Management
Marta Wangard
Marta Wangard
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Retail and Entrepreneurship
Sophia Wilson
Sophia Wilson
Savannah College of Art and Design
Fashion Marketing and Management
Jacy Witt
Jacy Witt
Texas A&M University
Marketing