Founded in 1992 as The Planning and Visual Education Partnership, PAVE Global is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, with all proceeds benefitting PAVE’s educational programs. The organization enables young talent to build successful careers designing and creating consumer environments. Our vision is to cultivate relationships with students, educators, and the design industry through financial assistance, top-industry thinking, inspiration, and mentorship.

For more information, please visit www.paveglobal.org.

For challenge details, please visit our challenge webpage.

The Inaugural ChangeUp Scholarship + Experience recognizes and supports leadership potential in Graphic Design, Communication Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, or Architecture students through a $2,500 scholarship*, 40 hours of in-person mentoring at the ChangeUp Miamisburg, OH office**, and an invitation to attend the 2024 PAVE Gala this December in New York City as a guest of ChangeUp.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2024


ABOUT CHANGEUP


At ChangeUp, we create experiences that make people, feel, think, and act differently.  We are an independent, award-winning agency that believes change Is not a risk, it is the answer.

Our tailored solutions address clients’ unique challenges and opportunities ranging from launching a refreshed brand identity to rolling out scalable band environments. 

Services include:  Strategy & Innovation, Brand Design, Brand Environments, and Architecture & Engineering

Find out more about us here



SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

THE AWARD
ChangeUp will hand-select one student through a blind review to be recognized as the recipient of this scholarship.

One student will be selected to receive the following:

  • A $2,500 Scholarship*
  • 40 hours of in-person mentoring** with ChangeUp at our Miamisburg, OH office within your chosen discipline (expenses for office visit covered)
  • Expenses will be covered (airfare, hotel, event tickets, and per diem of $75/day) for the recipient to attend the 2024 PAVE Gala on December 12th in New York City where they will be recognized amongst their peers and industry professionals and have the opportunity to network and make new connections.

 
* Award sent directly to recipient's institution, to be applied directly towards tuition or other applicable schooling costs.
**The in-person learning experience will occur on a mutually agreed-upon date.


ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES​

  • Student must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's/Graduate program working toward a degree in Graphic Design, Communication Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, or Architecture, with an interest in pursuing a career in retail environments (including restaurants). 
  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Student must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
  • Student must be located and studying within the United States.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
The following items must be included in your application for your request to be considered.​​

  • Letter of Explanation (Max. 800 words): The letter should address why you have an interest in retail and what you envision for the future of retail. 
  • Project Folio (10 pages minimum)
    • Highlighting student-based or professional projects that you’ve worked on (include explanations of your involvement/responsibilities with the project and programs used). ​
    • Must include a copy of your current transcript (official or unofficial).
  • Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.
  • All applications must be received by Friday, October 4, 2024, by 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific to be considered.



APPLICATION DEADLINE 

Friday, October 4, 2024, before 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific


HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please reach out to us at info@paveglobal.org

ABOUT THE PAVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its fourteenth year, provides financial assistance to students in educational programs preparing them for careers in the retail environments industry, including but not limited to careers in retail design, visual merchandising, interior design, architecture, product design, UX design, graphic design, and industrial design.

PAVE was developed to help ensure a future talent pool for the industry by eliminating barriers to studying in these fields. The funds assist students who are experiencing financial difficulties that may prevent them from continuing school. PAVE has awarded students over $216,000 in financial grants and scholarships in the past five years.​

This international competition is open exclusively to current undergraduate and graduate-level college students involved in retail planning, interior design/architecture, visual merchandising, graphic design, industrial design, engineering, branding, UX/UI design, or similar programs. If you are unsure if your area of study qualifies, please reach out to PAVE at info@paveglobal.org.


Please complete and submit your registration for the 2024 Student Design Competition below. Once registered, please allow up to 1 business day to gain access to the "Project Submission Form". 


Students who register early will receive periodic emails with tips and reminders related to this design challenge.
Projects must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific on Monday, October 21, 2024.



For complete competition details, including the design brief- please click here.



If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to PAVE directly via email at info@paveglobal.org.

WHAT IS A RISING STAR?

PAVE Global is thrilled to announce that it's time to nominate and honor exceptional individuals who are shaping the future of the consumer environments industry with our 17th Annual Rising Star Award!

A Rising Star is a young professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in the brand environment industry. These emerging leaders anticipate the needs of their clients, motivate their teams, turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and inspire consumers.


RECOMMEND A PAVE RISING STAR

Retailers, brands, designers, and industry suppliers are encouraged to recognize an individual's extraordinary contributions and talented mindset as innovators and leaders among their peers by nominating them for this award. Additionally, young professionals who meet the criteria of a Rising Star are eligible to self-nominate.

Reflecting on the blended channels that comprise a brand today, you can shine a spotlight on your nominee with a prestigious accolade that will be a testament to their visionary influence and inspiration throughout their career!

Nominations are free and can motivate a nominee to do even more great things. Gather some of their work and tell us why you think they should become the next PAVE Rising Star!

The PAVE Rising Star judges are looking for individuals who are original, passionate visionaries. A Rising Star nominee is intuitive in decision-making, willing to take risks, ambitious, persistent, resourceful, and socially responsible. They demonstrate authenticity in their designs and can implement sustainable projects.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Nominees may be from your organization or another.
  • Nominees must be engaged in the design or supply of retail environments. This includes designers, visual merchandisers, store planners, and project managers.
  • Nominees must be 40 years of age or younger as of December 2024.
  • Nominations can be self-submitted or submitted by a retailer, brand, design firm, or industry supplier.


NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Attach three to five supporting materials that demonstrate what makes the nominee a Rising Star. Provide descriptions of images, including program intent and a brief line on its success.
  • There is no fee to make a nomination.
  • All nominations should be made through Submittable.


JUDGING
All nominations will be reviewed virtually through Submittable by a panel of industry professionals.

PAVE will contact the senior management for all finalists for employment verification and any additional input as needed.

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
All finalists will be recognized this December during the PAVE Gala in New York City where the winner will be announced.

NOMINATION DEADLINE
Friday, October 25, 2024, before 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific

HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please contact us at info@paveglobal.org.


PAVE Rising Star is proudly sponsored by:


 


 

ABOUT THIS AWARD
The PAVE Educator of the Year Award honors and celebrates a full-time educator for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to design education. The Educator of the Year Honoree consistently engages and inspires their students in new and exciting ways, seeks resources and opportunities beyond the classroom to enrich the current curriculum, demonstrates strong leadership within their department, makes significant contributions to the profession, and demonstrates excellence in teaching.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Nominees must be current, full-time, tenured, or adjunct professors.
  • Nominees must have a minimum of 7 years of experience in a post-secondary program related to Interior Design, Architecture, Visual Merchandising, Engineering, Graphic Design, UX/UI Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Experiential Design, or a similar area of study at any university, college, or recognized professional school.
  • Nominees must have a demonstrated history of-
     - Exhibiting excellence in teaching and consistently engaging and inspiring their students in new and innovative ways
     - Seeking resources and opportunities above and beyond the core curriculum (i.e. community involvement, design competitions, etc..)
     - Exhibiting strong leadership within their department
     - Making significant contributions to the profession



JUDGING

  • All nominations will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and educators not affiliated with the nominees.
  • Note: Anyone who writes a letter of nomination or a letter of support for a nominee is ineligible to participate on the review panel for this award.



PRIZE

  • $1,500 to be awarded to the Educator of the Year
  • $1,500 to be awarded to the School/Department
  • Ticket to attend the PAVE Gala to be recognized
  • Travel stipend* for flight + hotel
  • Winners will also receive official digital assets for self-promotion, coverage via paveglobal.org, PAVE's social media accounts, and an official press release.

* Travel stipend of $1,000 (maximum) will be provided for educators located outside of the NY/NJ area.


PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
 The recipient will be honored at the 2024 PAVE Gala in New York City on December 12, 2024.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Letter of Nomination (min. 750 words)
     - Written by the Nominator, this letter should speak to the candidate's outstanding achievements and commitment to design education.
  • Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
     - The candidate's CV to include experience and accomplishments relevant to this award.
  • Academic/Classroom Project Outline
     - A brief description of the purpose, methods, and outcome of an innovation, sustainability, or community-focused project conducted with students/classes/studios that is above and beyond the scope of the core curriculum.​
     - The project must be from the last 3 years
  • Mini Portfolio (max 5 pages)
     - Highlights of work/work samples that further support the candidate's CV and Academic Project Outline.​
     - It can include links to websites.
  • Support Letters (3 letters, min. 500 words each)
    - These letters should speak to the criteria and provide evidence to support their claims.
     - Support letters should come from various sources, such as current students, alumni, colleagues, peers, administrators, industry professionals, etc.
  • Headshot (Optional)
    - JPG or TIFF, at least 5x5 inches at 300 dpi
  • All documents should be submitted as individual PDFs (except for the headshot) through the Submittable platform.
  • Nominations are free and can be made by an industry peer, colleague, or administrator of the candidate. Self-nominations will also be accepted.



NOMINATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2024 BY 11:59 PM EASTERN/8:59 PM PACIFIC
 



 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2024, BEFORE 11:59 PM EASTERN/8:59 PM PACIFIC

The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its fourteenth year, provides financial assistance to students in educational programs preparing them for careers in the retail environments industry, including but not limited to careers in retail design, visual merchandising, interior design, architecture, product design, UX design, graphic design, and industrial design. PAVE was developed to help ensure a future talent pool for the industry by eliminating barriers to studying in these fields. The funds assist students who are experiencing financial difficulties that may prevent them from continuing school. PAVE has awarded students over $216,000 in financial grants and scholarships in the past five years.

The Bish Creative Display POP Scholarship + Experience recognizes and supports leadership potential in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Applied Design, Engineering Design, UX Design, Product Design, Branding, and similar programs who have an interest in pursuing a career in  POP Design.

THE AWARD
Student applicants will be judged blindly by a panel of industry professionals. One student will be selected to receive the following:​

  • $2,500 cash prize
  • 5-day immersive mentorship experience at Bish Creative Display, in Chicago, IL. Travel and expenses covered.**
  • Attend the 2023 PAVE Gala on December 8th in New York City, as a guest of Bish Creative Display. Travel and expenses covered.
     

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
 

  • Student must be enrolled in a 2 to 4-year undergraduate or graduate program working toward a degree in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Applied Design, Engineering Design, UX Design, Product Design, Branding, and similar programs who have an interest in pursuing a career in  POP Design.
  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.​
  • Student must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours (or equivalent, based on your program requirements).​
  • Student must be located and studying within the United States or Canada.
     

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
    The following items must be included in your application for your request to be considered.​​
 

  • Personal Statement (Max 500 Words):   What interests you most about pursuing a career designing POP displays?
  • Portfolio (8-10 Pages Max)   Highlights of your most recent design work. Can be student or professional-based. 
  • One Professional Reference   We will need the phone number and email address for your reference. Can be a professor, faculty member, or an employer (including internship supervisors). References CAN NOT be friends or family members.
  • Must include a complete copy of your current transcript (official or unofficial).
  • Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.
  • All applications must be received by Thursday, October 31, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific to be considered.
     


     **The in-person mentorship experience will occur on a mutually agreed-upon date.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 4, 2024 BY 11:59 PM EASTERN/8:59 PM PACIFIC
 

Since 1992, PAVE Global's mission has been to mentor, inspire, and connect student designers to the extraordinary professional world of creating and designing consumer environments. 

To commemorate its 30th anniversary in 2023, PAVE introduced a prestigious new accolade to honor and acknowledge rising student visionaries. These exceptional individuals are anticipated to revolutionize the industry with their groundbreaking concepts and designs, making a positive impact on the world around us through design.


 

AWARD

All submissions will be judged blindly by a panel of industry professionals. One student will be selected to receive the following:

  • $7,500 cash prize
  • An invitation to attend the 2023 PAVE Gala to network with Industry Professionals and be honored for this award. Travel, hotel, and per diem will be covered.
  • $1,000 to the student's school/department or educator for travel to attend the 2023 PAVE Gala (to be determined by the school or department)
     

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

  • Student must be currently enrolled in a 2 to 4-year undergraduate or graduate program working toward a degree in design, architecture, or visual merchandising with an interest in pursuing a career creating and designing consumer environments.​
  • Student must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours or equivalent.​
  • Student must be located and studying within North America.

If you are unsure if you are eligible to participate, please contact us at info@paveglobal.org.


SUBMISSION PROCESS
 Students will prepare and submit (4) 11"x 17" boards containing their own pre-existing, relevant, design work following the outlined process and criteria. 


 

OVERARCHING STATEMENT: 

All projects must be innovative in nature. Projects should exemplify creativity and be distinguished in their unique and thoughtful design thinking. Each solution must solve one for one or more of the following sub-topics:

  • Human-centered Design
  • Inclusive/Universal Design
  • Cultural Awareness/DEI
  • Contemporary/Reactive Design
  • Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse

If submitting group work, students must be clear about their role in the project. Must have made a significant impact working on the project, and must credit collaborators.


 

STEP 1 - Pick one of your projects that embodies one of the following sub-topics:

  • Human-centered Design
  • Inclusive/Universal Design
  • Cultural Awareness/DEI
  • Contemporary/Reactive Design
  • Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse

​If you are unsure if your project falls under one of the above sub-topics, please contact us at info@paveglobal.org and we'd be happy to provide guidance.

STEP 2 - Create (4) 11” x 17” boards per the following criteria (important note: the same one project is to be used for all four boards):

  • Board 1: 
    • ​Design/project title
    • Project imagery: graphic elements of the selected project
    • Project Inquiry: What was your approach and research process for this project? What is the foundation of your design thinking? (Example: concept, parti, EBD, design theories)

      
     

  • Board 2:  
    • Design/project title
    • Project imagery: graphic elements of the selected project
    • Project Inquiry: Which sub-topic was addressed and how? Why are you interested in this topic?

      
     

  • Board 3:  
    • Design/project title
    • Project imagery: graphic elements of the selected project
    • Project Inquiry: Did you learn anything unexpected during the process?

      
     

  • Board 4:  
    • Design/project title
    • Project imagery: graphic elements of the selected project
    • Project Inquiry: Do you think you accomplished your goals and how?

      

     

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • PAVE utilizes a blind judging system, the student's name and/or school may not appear anywhere on the (4) project boards.
  • Boards should be submitted as PDFs in 11x17 landscape (horizontal) format. 
  • Must include a complete copy of your current transcript (official or unofficial).**
  • All submissions and supporting documents must be submitted through the Submittable platform.
  • All applications must be received by Monday, November 4, 2023, by 11:59 PM ET/8:59 PM PT to be considered.


** Transcripts are utilized by PAVE administration to confirm your eligibility to participate as a current student. Transcripts will not be visible to judges on the review panel.​​​​


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