LIM College Students Selected as Semi-Finalists in National Scholarship Competition

Three LIM students have been selected as semi-finalists in the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation’s Next Generation Scholarship competition. Seniors Kelsey White, Charlotte (Tori) Sandness and Jessie Karagosian have a chance to win a $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship in the prestigious nationwide competition.

A panel of executives from 17 companies determined that 25 students nationwide would advance to the next round of competition from an initial pool of 103 applicants. This marks the first time that LIM College has placed three semi-finalists in the NRF Foundation’s Next Generation Scholarship program.

Kelsey, Tori and Jessie are now preparing for the next phase of the competition, which requires them to complete research for a 10-page case study on BJ’s Wholesale Club. They will also participate in a formal interview with a retailer to discuss their first-round essay about a retail disruptor.

All semi-finalists will receive a stipend to attend the NRF Student Program and Gala, which will take place during the NRF Big Show at New York City’s Javits Center in January 2019. During these events, the scholarship winners will be announced and all students involved will participate in mentoring sessions and have the opportunity to network with retail company executives.

Under the direction of faculty advisor Marla Greene, LIM’s three semi-finalists are embracing the opportunity presented by the NRF Foundation. “Next Gen gives me a chance to display my passion for leading the retail industry into a new era of unprecedented partnerships and consumer experiences,” Sandness said.