Jill Davis, a FACS fashion merchandising minor from Bonaire, Ga., has received a $10,000 scholarship and is in the running for a $25,000 scholarship from the National Retail Federation Foundation after being named one of five finalists for the Next Generation Scholarship.
As a finalist, Davis will travel to New York City in January and interview with a panel of retail executives who will award four $10,000 scholarships and one $25,000 scholarship.
The Next Generation Scholarship Program provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. Students from more than 35 NRF member schools competed to represent the next generation of retail leaderships.
Retail executives from 20 companies selected 25 semifinalists before narrowing the field to five finalists.
Samantha Pineda, a fashion merchandising major from Alpharetta, has been named one of 20 semifinalists and will receive a travel scholarship and attend the NRF Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show and the NRF Foundation Gala.
“Each year we are impressed by the caliber of students that apply for this scholarship and their level of creativity and passion towards retail,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Through their essays, this year’s finalists demonstrated excitement, innovation, leadership and passion that is very crucial in shaping the future of the retail industry.”
Davis, a marketing major, discovered her calling for retail the summer before college when she began creating and selling recycled, handcrafted and vintage clothes and accessories on Etsy.
An internship with Alex and Ani in Atlanta solidified her passion for sustainable practices in the retail industry. Davis said she hopes to use her voice and education to increase efficiency efforts in high-end markets to make a lasting difference in the world of retail.
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