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Sponsored by ZenGenius


The mission of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is to support students studying in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising; therefore, PAVE has created the Student Scholarship Program to assist students with funds to cover basic needs. In nine years, PAVE’s Scholarship Program has proudly granted over $200,000 to students.

The Ingenious Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in Visual Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, Retail Merchandising, Interior Design and Hospitality Management through a $2,500 scholarship.

ZenGenius is a creative agency rooted in the principles and practice of visual merchandising that provides solutions for brand activation through visual strategy and development, planning, sourcing, implementation and hands-on execution, bringing life to consumer experiences across all platforms. www.zengenius.com


  1. Student must be enrolled in a program working toward a degree in Visual Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, Retail Merchandising, Interior Design or Hospitality Management.
  2. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  3. Student must be considered full-time, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
  4. Student must be a United States or Canadian Citizen.


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

  1. Letter of Consideration: (Max. 500 words): How would this scholarship make a difference in your life? How would you make a difference in the retail industry?
  2. Project Folio: Submit 3 of your most ingenious pieces of work. It can be a photo of a visual display, a sketch, or rendering of an idea or concept that you've created.
  3. One reference: We will need a phone number and email address of your reference - Can be a professor, faculty member, or an employer (including internship supervisors). References CANNOT be friends or family members.
  4. Must include a copy of your transcript (official or un-official).
  5. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.
  6. All applications must be received by January 31, 2021 in order to be considered.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.