Student gets retail federation scholarship
Michele Crow, a senior merchandising major at UNT, has received a Ray M. Greenly Scholarship from the National Retail Federation Foundation.
The scholarship fund is named in honor of a longtime member of Shop.org, the digital retailing arm of the National Retail Federation.
Each recipient of the scholarship receives a $5,000 academic scholarship and a $2,500 stipend to cover registration and expenses for attending Retail’s Big Show 2013, the federation’s annual convention and expo, which will be held in New York City.
The Greenly scholarships are open to undergraduate students who are attending colleges and universities that are potential research partners with Shop.org, have a formal digital retailing or e-commerce curriculum and have a track record of graduates being hired for jobs in the online retail industry.
The students must be nominated for the scholarships by their academic programs, and must have completed at least half of the total number of credits required for their bachelor’s degrees, have demonstrated a strong interest in online retailing careers, have minimum grade point averages of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership on their campuses and in their communities.
Crow is a member of the UNT chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for transfer students and the vice president of Merchandising Inc., a network and career building organization for UNT students majoring in merchandising. She is also the secretary of UNT’s chapter of the National Retail Federation Student Association. In addition, Crow is a volunteer with Attitudes & Attire, a Dallas nonprofit organization that provides low-income women with career building skills and interview outfits.
UNT to offer training for student veterans
To further create a welcoming environment for student veterans at UNT, the university’s Veterans Center and Division of Student Affairs will launch a Veterans Interactive Program during 2013.
The program is being funded by a grant from the Aurora Foundation, which assists colleges and universities in helping student veterans to receive their degrees and enter the workforce.
UNT has been listed as a “Military Friendly School” for 2013 by G.I. Jobs magazine.
The first initiative of the program, Green Zone training, will begin during the 2013 spring semester. Faculty and staff volunteers will attend workshops about issues and challenges that student veterans may face as they transition from military service to university life.
Green Zone, which will be modeled after a program at Virginia Commonwealth University, will provide information on the process of deployments and their effects on military members before, during and after the deployment, and strategies to better communicate with student veterans and guide them to be successful.
Tockie Hemphill, director of the Veterans Center, will supervise the new initiatives.
Each faculty and staff member who completes the training will display a Green Zone badge on his or her office door, which will indicate that he or she is available to assist student veterans.
The second part of theinitiative, the Veterans Advocacy Program, will begin during the 2013 fall semester, with 25 students assigned as mentors to groups of new students who are veterans. The mentors will be selected during the 2013 spring semester and will be veterans themselves or military dependents. They will meet regularly with the student veterans and also communicate with them via e-mail, phone calls and social media.
For more information, contact the Veterans Center at 369-8021.