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The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its twelfth 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 $231,500 in financial grants and scholarships in the past three years.

The 7th annual Bergmeyer Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in interior design, architecture, and graphic design through a $1,500 scholarship* and an opportunity to take part in an immersive in-person learning and mentorship experience with some of the industry’s top designers at Bergmeyer.

Creative. Connected. Curious. Bergmeyer is a Design Collaborative; inspired through partnership, thoughtfully creative, inherently curious, and driven to fulfill their clients’ needs. They design for their clients’ clients, the people whose lives and experiences are enhanced by their work, by focusing on understanding the end-user while delivering on each clients’ vision and return on investment.

Services include Architecture, Interior Design, Branding, Graphic Design, Strategy. Visual Merchandising, Program Management, Sustainability Consulting, Placemaking, and Event Design + Activation. Markets include Retail, Restaurant, Workplace, Commercial, Multi-Family Residential, Academic, Cultural, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Pop-Up + Temporary Experiences. (www.bergmeyer.com)


  1. Student must be enrolled in a program working toward a degree in Interior Design, Graphic Design, or Architecture, with a focus in the retail environments, restaurant, or hospitality industries.
  2. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. Student must be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
  4. Student must be a citizen of the United States or Canada.

Application Requirements:
The following items must be included in your application for your request to be considered:

  • Letter of Explanation (Max. 600 words): Essays should address both of the below topics for consideration by the PAVE Scholarship Committee.
    What brands or experiences do you gravitate to, and why? (Consider the physical and digital dimension of the engagement.)
    What brands and experiences do you think are ripe for reinvention? Why? What would you do to improve them?
  • Project Folio (6 pages minimum)
    Describe 1-3 projects maximum, in the retail, restaurant, or hospitality-related markets (student based or professional) that you’ve worked on and that you are proud of (include supporting text and visuals and process work in addition to the finished product).
  • One written letter of reference. Can be a professor, faculty member or an employer (including internship supervisors). References CANNOT be friends or family members.
  • Must include a copy of your current transcript (official or un-official).
  • Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.
  • All applications must be received by Friday, January 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern to be considered.