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PAVE launches 2nd Annual Kevin Roche Recognition Scholarship

Offering students a once-in-a-lifetime mentorship opportunity + $2,000 scholarship

Hollywood, Fla. (September 27, 2022)- The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE Global) is pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Kevin Roche Recognition Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in current students pursuing degrees in Interior Design, Graphic Design, UX Design, Product Design, Visual Merchandising, and Architecture, with a focus on the retail environments, restaurant, or hospitality industries.

“I am very pleased to announce my second year of Mentoring and Scholarship Award Partnership with PAVE,” said the scholarship’s creator Kevin Roche, Founder, Roche Design Strategy and Senior Advisor, Moet Hennessy, the Wine and Spirits Group of LVMH. “The time spent with our 2021 recipient, placing her in her first internship, and frequent mentoring calls I am certain to have accelerated her future career.”

Kevin Roche recognizes the 2021 scholarship recipient Vira Williams from O'More College of Architecture & Design at Belmont University at the 2021 PAVE Holiday Events in New York City.

In the spirit of mentorship, this scholarship was designed to not only support a deserving student financially with a $2,000 award but more importantly support them professionally in that the recipient will also receive 20 hours of Kevin Roche's time for one-on-one mentorship and introductions to global design agencies for internships and post-graduation career opportunities. Additionally, expenses will be covered for this year’s recipient to attend the PAVE Gala on December 8th in New York City where they will be recognized amongst their peers and industry professionals while networking and making new connections.

The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its thirteenth year, provides financial assistance to students in educational programs preparing them for careers designing and creating consumer environments, including but not limited to 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 $234,500 in financial grants and scholarships in the past three years.​

Learn more and apply for the 2022 Kevin Roche Recognition Scholarship at by Wednesday, November 9, 2022.


About Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche is a design professional and retail industry leader whose background includes over forty years of global experience across Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe integrating strategy, planning, design, and architecture alongside the classic marketing, operations, merchandising finance, and C-Suite executives.

Most recently as SVP of Design and Construction, he led the new and redevelopment of LVMH’s and DFS Group’s leading Galleria and Travel Retail sectors. Representatives of his iconic projects include the renovation of the recently opened La Samaritaine, Paris, Il Fondaco De Tedeschi, Venice, Le Bon Marche, Paris, and Sun Plaza, Hong Kong.

Currently, Kevin is serving as a Senior Advisor to Moet Hennessy, the Wine and Spirits Group of LVMH on a variety of hospitality and retail projects around the world.

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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