Next Generation Class of 2022

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

Retail executives from 17 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 complete an exclusive case study created in collaboration with Meijer and two phone interviews with retail partners for the chance to advance to the final round of competition. The 25 semifinalists also receive a $1,000 travel stipend award for their achievements to attend the 2022 Student Program in New York City.

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

Semifinalists

Jessica Bradford
Jessica Bradford
Purdue University
Sarah Carlson
Sarah Carlson
University of Delaware
Mia Cordio
Mia Cordio
LIM College
Emily Coumoutseas
Emily Coumoutseas
LIM College
Peyton Darrow
Peyton Darrow
Santa Clara University
Robert Davison Long
Robert Davison Long
Columbia College Chicago
Karina Fernandes
Karina Fernandes
Lasell University
Catherine Gambeski
Catherine Gambeski
Marist College
Lauren Gerstner
Lauren Gerstner
LIM College
Chloe Ingram
Chloe Ingram
Mississippi State University
Rebecca Kuzmicz
Rebecca Kuzmicz
Marist College
Sabrina Leibowitz
Sabrina Leibowitz
Drexel University
Grace Lowhorn
Grace Lowhorn
Indiana University
Luke Maffia
Luke Maffia
Rutgers University
Megan Marr
Megan Marr
LIM College
Nichole Martin
Nichole Martin
Texas A&M University
Sarah May
Sarah May
Indiana University
Taylor McTaggart
Taylor McTaggart
Indiana University
Alexandra Owings
Alexandra Owings
Mississippi State University
Erika Parker
Erika Parker
LIM College
Tyler Parod
Tyler Parod
Indiana University
Olivia Rein
Olivia Rein
University of Minnesota
Marcel Smith
Marcel Smith
LIM College
Abigail Swain
Abigail Swain
University of Delaware
Brooke Williams
Brooke Williams
Ohio State University