Ray Greenly Class of 2017

Students from more than 40 schools across the country applied for the 2017 Ray Greenly Scholarship.
 

The Ray Greenly Scholarship was created to help address retailers’ increasing needs for tech talent in the undergraduate and graduate space. This year’s scholarship was divided into two phases, the first of which required applicants to submit an innovation essay and personal brand video. Phase two, developed in partnership with West Elm, presented a unique case study in which applicants were tasked with creating an innovative digital prototype that could serve as a complementary resource to the in-store experience for West Elm’s customers. 

Digital retail executives from 20 companies including Williams-Sonoma, Kohl’s, Nordstrom and Cornerstone Brands served as judges to select 25 semi-finalists based on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated in their applications. The semi-finalists received travel stipends to attend the 2017 Student Experience at Shop.org in Los Angeles, September 25-27, and a panel of executive judges awarded the top applicant with a $25,000 scholarship. Four runners-up each received a $10,000 scholarship. 

Top Recipient

Tess Burns

Savannah College of Art and Design - Savannah
Fashion Marketing and Management

After completing a digital innovation project for a luxury makeup brand, Tess was inspired by the power of technology to transform the future of retail and became eager to expand her knowledge in the areas of emerging technologies and the omnichannel retail experience. Tess hopes to leverage her academic background and real-world retail experiences to ultimately promote sustainability efforts across manufacturing and supply chain processes to help retailers and consumers alike become more environmentally conscious. 

Tess Burns

Finalists

Jessica Bachansingh
Jessica Bachansingh

Florida State University
Retail Merchandising and Product Development

After growing up in a multicultural household, Jessica was eager to apply her international mindset to the fashion industry. Three years ago, she founded a sewing program for women in Ethiopia and created the ‘Gifts of Confidence’ brand, which markets and sells scarves directly produced in the sewing classroom that Jessica established. Now, Jessica hopes to use her academic knowledge of retail merchandising to expand her business, empower women globally and play a key role in sustainable and ethical advancements in retail. 

Quinn Vissak

University of Connecticut
Engineering and Computer Science

Fascinated by the industry’s technological transformation, Quinn is pursuing his degree in engineering and computer science to equip himself with the knowledge and skills to join the battle in helping bricks-and-mortar retailers harness the power of omnichannel solutions in an increasingly digital era. Quinn’s admirable work ethic and love of learning drive him to embrace “the limitless possibilities technology creates,” both for retailers and in his own career. 

Quinn Vissak
Eric Wagner
Eric Wagner

University of Florida
Mechanical Engineering

Highly ambitious and entrepreneurial, Eric is determined to make his mark in digital retail by bringing a creative twist to engineering. During his college career, Eric founded three ecommerce businesses, including an engineering-niche apparel business for which he designs and markets all products himself. He hopes to make a lasting impact in retail by applying his skills to develop products that inspire pride and confidence within the STEM field. 

Julian Walker

Northwestern University
Master’s in Integrated Marketing

Known for his contagious positivity and upbeat spirit, Julian launched his career in retail five years ago through a variety of internships and full-time roles at reputable brands and has been hooked on the industry ever since. His real-world experiences have fueled his passion for digital retail, marketing and the power of omnichannel integration. He is pursuing a master’s degree in integrated marketing in the hopes of furthering his skills in strategy and innovation to become a retail marketing expert and create a lasting impact on consumers.

Julian Walker

Semi-finalists

Natalie Alonzo, Ray Greenly Scholarship Semi-finalist
Natalie Alonzo
Pennsylvania State University
Virginia Angeletti, Ray Greenly Scholarship Semifinalist from 2017
Virginia Angeletti
LIM College
Eric Beaudette, Ray Greenly Semifinalist 2017
Eric Beaudette
Cornell University
Lea Chen, a ray greenly scholarship semifinalist from 2017
Lea Chen
University of Pennsylvania
Jack Griffin, a ray greenly scholarship semifinalist from the 2017 competition
Jack Griffin
University of Michigan
Marika Gutzman, a ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient from the 2017 competition
Marika Gutzman
University of Virginia
Shuli Hervitz, ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient of 2017 from columbia university
Shuli Hervitz
Columbia University
Alin Intravisit, ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient of 2017 from the fashion institute of technology
Alin Intravisit
Fashion Institute of Technology
Sammantha Johnson, ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient of 2017 from the savannah college of art and design
Sammantha Johnson
Savannah College of Art and Design
Madeline Jones, ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient of 2017 from texas christian university
Madeline Jones
Texas Christian University
McKinna Kahl, ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient of 2017 from Kent State University
McKinna Kahl
Kent State University
Valentina Lopez-Diaz, ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient of 2017 from University of Florida
Valentina Lopez-Diaz
University of Florida
Sophie Manum, ray greenly scholarship semifinalist recipient of 2017 from Mount Holyoke College
Sophie Manum
Mount Holyoke College
Madeline Medby - - Ray Greenly Scholarship semifinalist recipient from 2017
Madeline Medby
LIM College
Faith Newton - Ray Greenly Scholarship semifinalist recipient from 2017
Faith Newton
Savannah College of Art and Design
Rebecca Olsen - Ray Greenly Scholarship semifinalist recipient from 2017
Rebecca Olsen
East Carolina State University
Sabrina Pusatera - Ray Greenly Scholarship semifinalist recipient from 2017
Sabrina Pusatera
Butler University
Devin Salmon - - Ray Greenly Scholarship semifinalist recipient from 2017
Devin Salmon
Haverford College
Egbert Sayers - Ray Greenly Scholarship semifinalist recipient from 2017
Egbert Sayers
North Shore Community College
Sarah Wright - Ray Greenly Scholarship semifinalist recipient from 2017
Sarah Wright
Iowa State University