To Highlight Career Paths in Retail, NRF and University of Phoenix Announce “Dream BIG” Scholarship

  ToHighlightCareer Paths in Retail,NRF and University of PhoenixAnnounce
  “Dream BIG” Scholarship

 Program Will Award 10 Current Retail Workers with Full-Tuition Scholarships

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- January 8, 2013

Ten U.S. retail employees will have a chance to make their dreams a reality
through a program announced today between the NRF Foundation and the
University of Phoenix. The Dream BIG scholarship will award 10 current retail
employees with full tuition at any University of Phoenix campus or online
program, providing them the opportunity to pair education with their work
experience and ambitions to pursue a wide-array of career opportunities within
the retail industry. The flexibility of the degree program will allow
recipients to continue to work and live at home while advancing their

“Whether they’re working in marketing, IT, or finance, millions of people in
our industry are living proof that retail career opportunities don’t end at
the cash register,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “With
over 20 million Americans eligible to apply for this scholarship, we can’t
wait to hear the dreams and stories of those who hope to advance their retail
career through education, and look forward to making those dreams a reality
for ten dedicated people in our industry.”

“Retail employees already dream big,” said University of Phoenix Chief
Business Operating Officer Barry Feierstein. “Connecting driven, professional
working learners with great careers is what we do. This education partnership
and the Dream BIG Scholarship represent an important development in our
long-term commitment to make higher education more responsive to the needs of
both our students and our employer partners. Everyone benefits from having a
highly-educated and skilled workforce that can compete in an ever-increasingly
connected and collaborative global economy.”

How to Apply:

Eligibility is limited to the first 1,000 qualified applicants, who must meet
all admissions requirements and submit a completed application by April 9,
2013. The application includes three written essays that highlight the
applicant’s educational goals, aspirations within the industry, and a personal
reflection of what inspires them. The applicant must also submit a letter of
recommendation from a current retail professional with knowledge of the
applicant’s skills and work ethic.

How and When Winners Are Chosen:

After being narrowed down by executives at NRF and the University of Phoenix,
final scholarship recipients will be chosen by a panel of retail and
educational executives, chaired by Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi. Recipients
will be notified on July 30, 2013.

For more information about the Dream BIG Scholarship and how to apply, visit

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail
worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain
restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45
countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments
that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans.
Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the
nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic
importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation
and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship
university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves
a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and
doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as
well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

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NRF Contact
Shari Brown or Kathy Grannis
855-NRF-PRESS or
University of Phoenix Contact
Ryan Rauzon
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