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THE 2024

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The Inaugural ChangeUp Scholarship + Experience recognizes and supports leadership potential in Graphic Design, Communication Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, or Architecture students through a $2,500 scholarship*, 40 hours of in-person mentoring at the ChangeUp Miamisburg, OH office**, and an invitation to attend the 2024 PAVE Gala this December in New York City as a guest of ChangeUp.



At ChangeUp, we create experiences that make people, feel, think, and act differently.  We are an independent, award-winning agency that believes change Is not a risk, it is the answer.

Our tailored solutions address clients’ unique challenges and opportunities ranging from launching a refreshed brand identity to rolling out scalable band environments. 

Services include:  Strategy & Innovation, Brand Design, Brand Environments, and Architecture & Engineering

Find out more about us here



ChangeUp will hand-select one student through a blind review to be recognized as the recipient of this scholarship.


One student will be selected to receive the following:

  • A $2,500 Scholarship*

  • 40 hours of in-person mentoring** with ChangeUp at our Miamisburg, OH office within your chosen discipline (expenses for office visit covered)

  • Expenses will be covered (airfare, hotel, event tickets, and per diem of $75/day) for the recipient to attend the 2024 PAVE Gala on December 12th in New York City where they will be recognized amongst their peers and industry professionals and have the opportunity to network and make new connections.


* Award sent directly to recipient's institution, to be applied directly towards tuition or other applicable schooling costs.

**The in-person learning experience will occur on a mutually agreed-upon date.


  • Student must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's/Graduate program working toward a degree in Graphic Design, Communication Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, or Architecture, with an interest in pursuing a career in retail environments (including restaurants). 

  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Student must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.

  • Student must be located and studying within the United States.



The following items must be included in your application for your request to be considered.​​


  • Letter of Explanation (Max. 800 words): The letter should address why you have an interest in retail and what you envision for the future of retail. 

  • Project Folio (10 pages minimum)

    • Highlighting student-based or professional projects that you’ve worked on (include explanations of your involvement/responsibilities with the project and programs used). 

  • Must include a copy of your current transcript (official or unofficial).

  • Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.

  • All applications must be received by Friday, October 4, 2024, by 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific to be considered.


Friday, October 4, 2024, before 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific
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The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its fourteenth year, provides financial assistance to students in educational programs preparing them for careers in the retail environments industry, including but not limited to careers in retail design, visual merchandising, interior design, architecture, product design, UX design, graphic design, and industrial design.


PAVE was developed to help ensure a future talent pool for the industry by eliminating barriers to studying in these fields. The funds assist students who are experiencing financial difficulties that may prevent them from continuing school. PAVE has awarded students over $216,000 in financial grants and scholarships in the past five years.​

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