LIM Student Wins $10,000 Scholarship

LIM College senior Danielle (Danni) Mennella won a $10,000 scholarship in the NRF (National Retail Federation) Foundation’s 2017 Next Generation Scholarship program, which awards funds to a select group of 25 students throughout the nation. Danni's scholarship award was announced at the NRF Gala in New York on January 15, 2017, where NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was among the special guests.

As one of five scholarship finalists, Danni also received funding to attend the NRF Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show. The NRF Student Program exposes students to executives from some of retail’s most popular brands, including Disney, Macy’s, The Home Depot, West Elm and Nike. Participants hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions and learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers through an executive mentor session.

The NRF Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation, which is the world’s largest retail trade association. The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

Danni, who is from Montville, New Jersey, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Fashion Merchandising with a track in Retail Buying & Planning. She is currently completing her Senior Co-op internship at Vera Bradley in Terra Haute, Indiana, where she works with the company’s Director of Planning.

Giving back also plays an important role in Danni’s life. She is LIM’s “Campus Crew Captain” for Love Your Melon, an organization with the mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer by raising funds for research and providing support to pediatric cancer patients and their families. This fall, Danni was also involved in a campus program to raise awareness about depression and suicide.