Join us in our commitment to build the future leaders of the retail industry

The NRF Foundation offers a wide variety of resources, tools and programs to support and promote retail careers. Through your participation, these are the initiatives and programs you are helping cultivate.

Student Programs

2 Student Programs and Career Fairs

Twice a year, the NRF Foundation holds a student program in conjunction with Retail’s BIG Show and Retail’s Digital Summit. Hundreds of students and educators are provided with exclusive educational programming and once-in-a-lifetime networking opportunities with the industry’s leaders and recruiters.


In 2015 we awarded 295 scholarships, valued at $1.5 million to students and retail employees looking to further their education and careers in retail. Our current programs include the Next Generation Scholarship, the Dream BIG Scholarship, the Ray Greenly Scholarship, the Student Challenge and the Rising Stars Scholarship.

$1.5 million in scholarships awarded in 2015

Retail’s Academic Symposium

100% of post-event survey respondents said they would recommend this event

We started hosting this annual event in 2015, bringing up to 200 undergraduate professors to a unique forum in NYC to explore the business of retail with influential industry leaders. The program provides business professors (outside of traditional retail faculty) with an inside look at the retail industry and how it is changing. The NRF Foundation provides travel and accommodation stipends for eligible professors to attend. A key goal of the Symposium is to demonstrate to professors that the industry looks to hire accomplished graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds including computer science, accounting, management and economics.

University Memberships & the NRF Student Association

The NRF Foundation partners with over 60 colleges and universities across the country that are committed to providing tomorrow’s retail leaders with high-quality education and opportunities to find success in the retail industry.

6,000+ students, 60+ university partners

Career Initiatives

10,000+ opportunities listed on the Job Board

The NRF Foundation’s online Career Center and Job Board put opportunities from leading retailers at the fingertips of those seeking to take the first or next step in their careers. We also share the stories of the industry through videos, articles and related content, showcasing the wide array of career opportunities that exist within the industry.

Certification and Learning & Development

Our national certification program has helped over 100,000 students, job seekers and current retail employees further their careers by becoming certified in customer service, sales and retail management.

$800,000 grant by the Walmart Foundation

In 2015, the Foundation was awarded an $800,000 capacity building grant by the Walmart Foundation. Through this grant the Foundation was able to launch the Learning and Development Council and will work with senior retail talent development executives to determine the skills needed to prepare retail’s future workforce.