Make us your home page

Largo student wins national retail group's scholarship



The National Retail Foundation awarded Katherine Koehler of Largo a Ray M. Greenly Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

Selected by faculty members at NRF Foundation university partner schools, Greenly Scholarships were awarded to more than two dozen college students at 26 schools around the country.

As future retail industry leaders, the nominees must demonstrate a solid work ethic, embrace change and innovation, display enthusiasm for retail, thrive in a team environment and possess the highest moral character.

"We are so excited to recognize our newest Ray Greenly scholarship recipients, who are true representatives of the future of our industry," said Ellen Davis, executive director of the NRF Foundation and senior vice president of the National Retail Federation. "The NRF Foundation is thrilled to be able to provide these deserving students with financial support and experiences as they pursue their passion for retail."

Koehler's love of shopping led her to an interest in buying and developing products for the retail industry. In her scholarship essay, she wrote, "After learning about product development, analysis, and costing … this career marries both my strengths, to be both creative and analytical."

"Retail requires constant change to keep up with consumers, is incredibly innovative and consistently rewards bold decisionmakers," wrote Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN and chair of the NRF Foundation board of directors, in a letter to the scholarship recipients. "Our industry has the best jobs in America, and I was thrilled to read through all of the nominees' personal essays to understand how our industry's future leaders view careers, community and innovation."

Koehler hopes to become a developer or buyer for a major company or store's private label. A believer in corporate social responsibility, she admires progressive initiatives such as recycling.

Majoring in retail, merchandising and product development at the University of South Florida, she expects to graduate in the spring of 2015.

The scholarship will help cover educational costs and includes a stipend to attend's annual summit in Chicago later this year.

• • •

Effective disaster planning takes forethought. Is your business prepared?

Florida's Division of Emergency Management invites county partners, state agencies and Florida's business community to attend three days of discussion Tuesday through Thursday at International Palms Resort, 6515 International Drive, Orlando, to discuss the issues facing the private sector prior to the next disaster.

The agenda will focus businesses' concerns about emergency management and encourage ideas to improve Florida's systems and processes.

Summit attendance is free. Space is limited; registration will be first come, first served.

For more information and to register, visit

Mail business news to Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Suite 100 A, Clearwater, FL 33755; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email

Largo student wins national retail group's scholarship 06/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 6:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa is 15th-most popular city to move to with U-Haul


    TAMPA —Tampa is undoubtedly a destination point, at least according to U-Haul.

    Tampa is the No. 15 destination for people moving with U-Haul trucks. | Times file photo
  2. Florida's economy growing faster than other big states and far better than U.S. overall


    When it comes to economic growth, Florida's running alongside the leading states and well ahead of the United States as a whole.

  3. Westshore Marina District project takes shape with another acquisition

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — One of Tampa Bay's prime waterfront areas took another major step toward redevelopment Friday as WCI Communities bought 2.35 acres in Westshore Marina District.

    WCI Communities, Lennar's high-end subsidiary,has paid $2.5 million for 2.35 acres in the Westshore Marina District for 35 townhomes. WCI is under contract  to buy an additional 9.5 acres.
[BTI Partners]
  4. Posh Guy Harvey RV park to open in Tampa Bay with $250,000 cottages


    HOLIDAY — Love those Guy Harvey T-shirts with the soaring marlins? In the not too distant future, you might be able to kick back in your own Guy Harvey cottage in the first-ever Guy Harvey RV park.

    Renderings of the clubhouse and an RV cottage site of the planned Guy Harvey Outpost Club & Resort Tarpon Springs.
[Guy Harvey Outpost Collection]
  5. Port Tampa Bay secures $9 million grant to deepen Big Bend Channel


    Port Tampa Bay has secured a $9 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the widening and deepening of the Big Bend Channel in southern Hillsborough County.