Next Generation Class of 2021

Ambitious students from 44 NRF University member schools competed to represent the next generation of retail leaders.

Retail executives from 18 companies selected 25 semifinalists who rose to the top after submitting an essay, a personal brand video and two letters of recommendation from their employers and educators. These students will now complete an exclusive case study created in collaboration with PetSmart and two phone interviews with retail partners for the chance to advance to the final round of competition. The 25 semifinalists will also receive a $1,000 tuition award for their achievements.

The top recipient for the Next Generation Scholarship will receive a $25,000 scholarship; four finalists will each receive $10,000 scholarships. 

Semifinalists

Rachel Bennett
Rachel Bennett
Savannah College of Art & Design - Atlanta
Camille Brown
Camille Brown
University of Tennessee
Eugene Choi
Eugene Choi
Santa Clara University
Laura Copen
Laura Copen
Mississippi State University
Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis
University of South Carolina
Ansley Deaton
Ansley Deaton
Belmont University
Catherine Dinh
Catherine Dinh
Santa Clara University
Taylor Ford
Taylor Ford
University of Georgia
Valerie Gilbert
Valerie Gilbert
Kent State University
Cody Hutchison
Cody Hutchison
University of Arizona
Sid Kumar
Sid Kumar
Indiana University
Dayjah Lee
Dayjah Lee
Indiana University
Jenna Mack
Jenna Mack
Savannah College of Art & Design - Savannah
Seanna Naylon
Seanna Naylon
High Point University
Matthew Russell
Matthew Russell
Auburn University
Erin Sallee
Erin Salleee
LIM College
Kaitlyn Sifford
Kaitlyn Sifford
University of North Texas
Amaiya Sims
Amaiya Sims
Columbia College Chicago
Olivia Smith
Olivia Smith
Auburn University
Tatum Snelling
Tatum Snelling
Auburn University
Ines Soares
Ines Soares
Marist College
Parker Sylvester
Parker Sylvester
University of Georgia
Sophia Van Slyke
Sophia Van Slyke
Butler University
Madeline Wong
Madeline Wong
Santa Clara University
Qiu Wu
Qiu Wu
University of Minnesota