Monday, February 19, 2018
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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 Shop.org's annual summit in Chicago later this year.

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