College and University Partnerships
The NRF Foundation’s College and University Partners are the key educators building retail’s emerging leaders. By partnering with the NRF Foundation, schools have access to developments and research in the industry and prominent connections with the NRF Foundation’s Employer Partners.
See a list of our College and University Partners here.
Partnership highlights include:
NRF and Shop.org membership
Every NRF Foundation Partner school is also a member of NRF and Shop.org, effective September 1, which includes exclusive access to research, webinars, and more.
Find out more about NRF member benefits, or Shop.org member benefits.
The Next Generation Scholarship is the pinnacle achievement for students passionate about pursuing a career in retail that have the skills to be successful, and are interested in being recognized by the retail community and attending Retail's BIG Show. Only students at NRF Foundation Partner schools are eligible to receive this Scholarship.
Find out more about the Next Generation Scholarship.
One free educator pass to Retail's BIG Show and the Shop.org Summit
Retail's BIG Show, January 12 - January 15, 2014 in New York City, brings together thousands of the brightest and most innovative leaders in retail for world class educational sessions, exclusive networking opportunities and dedicated access to some of the top retail CEOs in the country. College and University Partners will receive one FREE Educator pass to the Show, a $400 value.
The Shop.org Summit, September 29 - October 1, 2014 in Seattle, Washington is the premiere event for the digital retail community.
Discounted student registration at Retail's BIG Show
The discounted student rate of $300 is ONLY available to NRF Student Association members. Students from other schools (who are not NRF Foundation partners) must pay the full delegate attendance fee to attend.
Along with dozens of other schools from across the country, the NRF Foundation’s College and University Partners can offer an unlimited number of students membership to the NRF Student Association. The NRFSA is recognized by top retailers as the source for tomorrow’s retail leaders.
Participation in the Student Challenge
A case competition, only open to students at a NRF Foundation partner school, designed to give students an opportunity to display their creativity, business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to retail executives. The Student Challenge awards a $2,500 scholarship to each team member of the winning team.
Standing out among the crowd
Partners’ website, program description, and logo are all featured on the NRF Foundation website. Also, the NRF Foundation uses its communication outlets to promote partner schools, enhancing your visibility to retailers and prospective students, potentially increasing the quantity and quality of student applicant pools.
To become a NRF Foundation College and University Partner, please contact our Coordinator of Student Programs, at 202-495-7223.