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The VMSD Scholarship is Back and Better than Ever!

As PAVE Global's 30th Anniversary celebration continues, PAVE in partnership with VMSD and SmartWork Media is excited to announce that the VMSD Scholarship is back for 2023 and is better than ever!

VMSD is proud to present another scholarship opportunity for students focusing on a career related to retail and store design,” says Murray Kasmenn, Publisher of VMSD and Executive Director of the Shop! Association. “It is critical to invest in the talent that will drive the future of our dynamic industry. We look forward to watching these burgeoning thought-leaders grow, and best of luck to all our entrants.”

The 3rd Annual VMSD Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in students pursuing degrees in Interior Design, Retail Design, Hospitality Design, Visual Merchandising, Architecture, UX/UI Design, Engineering, Product Design, and similar programs.

In honor of PAVE's Anniversary, the VMSD Scholarship has evolved into The VMSD Scholarship + Experience! The recipient of this year's scholarship will receive a $1,500 grant plus travel, hotel, and expenses covered to attend the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) 2023, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this October, a total value of $4,400.

“Our publication is honored to be able to support the students of our unique industry through this annual scholarship,” says Carly Hagedon, Editor-in-Chief, VMSD magazine, and Co-Chair, International Retail Design Conference. “It’s imperative to foster the professional growth of these soon-to-be rising stars, who will drive retail and store design forward through their future endeavors. VMSD is humbled to be part of this mission.”

The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its thirteenth 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 $246,000 in financial grants and scholarships in the past five years.

Learn more and apply for the 2023 VMSD Scholarship at by Tuesday, September 12, 2023, by 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific.


About VMSD,

Since 1897, VMSD (Visual Merchandising Store Design) is 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 International Retail Design Conference (IRDC),

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.

About PAVE,

Founded in 1992 as The Planning and Visual Education Partnership, PAVE Global is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, with all proceeds benefitting PAVE’s educational programs. The organization enables young talent to build successful careers designing and creating consumer environments. Our vision is to cultivate relationships with students, educators, and the design industry through financial assistance, top-industry thinking, inspiration, and mentorship.


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