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ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2022 HAS PASSED, AND THE RECIPIENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID-SEPTEMBER.

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 $233,000 in financial grants and scholarships in the past three years.
 

The VMSD Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in Interior Design, Retail Design, Hospitality Design, Visual Merchandising, Architecture, UX Design, Engineering, Product Design, and similar programs. The recipient of this scholarship will have the opportunity to receive a $1,500 scholarship* or a $1,500 grant** to attend the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) in Columbus, Ohio, October 26-27, 2022 (includes registration to the conference valued at $1,200).

Presented annually by VMSD magazine, the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) is a one-of-a-kind conference that delivers two full days of education and design dialogue centered on the newest best practices, emerging opportunities, and fresh strategies for engaging shoppers, maximizing resources, and rethinking the retail experience.

 

IRDC is recognized as the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising communities. www.vmsd.com/irdc

THE AWARD

Student applicants will be judged blindly by a panel of industry professionals. One student will be selected to receive:

  • A $1,500 Scholarship*

- OR -

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

** Grant to be used to cover costs of attending the IRDC Conference (hotel, airfare, and per diem).

GUIDELINES

  • Student must be a 3rd or 4th-year student or equivalent as of October 21, 2022.

  • Student must be enrolled in a program working toward a degree in Interior Design, Retail Design, Hospitality Design, Visual Merchandising, UX Design, Architecture, Engineering, Product Design, or a similar program.

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

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

REQUIREMENTS

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

 

  • Letter of Consideration (Max 500 Words):

    • What are at least two key areas that retailers need to rethink and focus their attention on within the next 3 years and why?

  • Project Folio (5 Pages Max)

    • Highlights of your most recent work. Can be student or professional-based.

  • One Professional Reference

    • We will need the phone number and an email address for your reference. Can be a professor, faculty member, or an employer (including internship supervisors). References CAN NOT be friends or family members.

 

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

 

  • Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.

 

  • All applications must be received by September 8, 2022, by 11:59 pm ET to be considered.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2022 HAS PASSED, AND THE RECIPIENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID-SEPTEMBER.

 

 
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