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Miami University Student Awarded 2023 VMSD Scholarship + Experience

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Hollywood, Fla. (October 10, 2023)It is with great pleasure that PAVE Global in partnership with VMSD congratulates Zoey Howard, a Senior in Miami University's Interior Design program, as the recipient of the 2023 VMSD Scholarship + Experience! This scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in the Interior Design, Retail Design, Hospitality Design, Visual Merchandising, Architecture, UX Design, Engineering, and Product Design fields through a prize package valued at $4,400, which includes a $1,500 cash prize, plus travel, hotel, registration, and per diem covered to attend the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) 2023, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, later this month.

“For another year, we’re so excited to celebrate a student studying design with the PAVE x VMSD Scholarship + Experience,” says VMSD Editor-in-Chief and International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) Co-Chair Carly Hagedon. “This year’s winner, Zoey Howard, provided exemplary designs and showcased an astute understanding of the continual blend between hospitality/food-and-beverage and retail experiences. Thank you to all the students who applied this year: We’re certain you will have a bright future within this dynamic and ever-evolving industry. Congratulations to Zoey!”

Excerpt from the Portfolio of Zoey Howard

Presented annually by VMSD magazine, IRDC is a one-of-a-kind conference that delivers two full days of education and design dialogue. Recognized as the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising communities, attending IRDC offers student designers a unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge of retail design while they interact with and learn directly from professionals.

Excerpt from the Portfolio of Zoey Howard

A Special Thank You to Our 2023 VMSD Scholarship Judges:

  • Murray Kasmenn, Vice President, Group Brand Director, SmartWork Media

  • Carly Hagedon, Editor-in-Chief, VMSD Magazine

  • Olivia Taylor, Managing Editor, VMSD Magazine

  • Chuck Luckenbill, Principal, Luckenbill Retail Solutions

  • Sharon Lessard, Chief Creative Officer, Ensemble Business Group

  • Anthony Simon, Director, Architecture & Design, Ware Malcomb

  • Karen Urosevich, Senior Vice President, WS Development

The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its fourteenth year, provides financial assistance to students in educational programs preparing them for careers related to the creation and design of consumer environments, including but not limited to retail design, visual merchandising, interior design, architecture, graphic design, 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 experiencing financial difficulties that may prevent them from continuing school. PAVE has awarded students over $246,000 in cash awards, financial grants, and scholarships in the past three years.​


About VMSD, Since 1897, VMSD (Visual Merchandising Store Design) has been committed to providing retail professionals with the most up-to-date, innovative retail design ideas and industry news -- and to do so in a way that inspires, challenges, and motivates.

About PAVE, Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.

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