Next Generation Class of 2023

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 Nordstrom 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 2023 Student Program in New York City.

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

Semifinalists

Aishwarya Bahl
Aishwarya Bahl
Drexel University
Sophia Boyer
Sophia Boyer
University of Georgia
Cameron Christensen
Cameron Christensen
Indiana University
Maggie Cooley
Maggie Cooley
Texas A&M University
Aurion Cooper
Aurion Cooper
Texas State University
Noelle Engrassia
Noelle Engrassia
Lasell University
Kensley Hoover
Kensley Hoover
University of Arizona
Anais Humes
Anais Humes
Florida State University
Elyssa Jones
Elyssa Jones
Ohio State University
Catherine King
Catherine King
Lasell University
Maureen Kirk
Maureen Kirk
Ball State University
Darby Klemz
Darby Klemz
University of South Carolina
Megan Lenzi
Megan Lenzi
Iowa State University
Clay Lute
Clay Lute
LIM College
Ivonne Malagon
Ivonne Malagon
Columbia College Chicago
Megan Marr
Megan Marr
LIM College
Olivia Meyer
Olivia Meyer
Kent State University
Kinsey Pastore
Kinsey Pastore
Auburn University
Hiral Patadia
Hiral Patadia
FIDM
Miranda Prater
Miranda Prater
Columbia College Chicago
Ethan Roos
Ethan Roos
Indiana University
Lauren Schmahl
Lauren Schmahl
Indiana University
Elizabeth Slywka
Elizabeth Slywka
Ohio State University
Emma Stambaugh
Emma Stambaugh
University of Texas at Austin
Carly Uhlig
Carly Uhlig
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities