Scholarships and Student Travel

Texas Retailers Association Foundation Scholarship
The Center for Retailing Studies is a proud university partner of the Texas Retailers Association (TRA). A new scholarship in fall 2018 will recognize a student who has prior or current experience working a retail job or retail internship with a TRA member company. TRA is the “voice of retail” legislative advocacy and policy in Texas. Its 160 members include large and small department stores, grocers, discount stores, jewelry shops (H-E-B, Dollar General, Walmart, Academy Sports + Outdoors, PetSmart, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Target, +) and many independent businesses.

To apply, applicants should:
1)     View the TRA member list to see if their place of work is listed
2)     Send a resume to by September 9
Next steps:
3)     CRS staff will send five nominations to the Texas Retailers Association Foundation Board.
4)     TREF will select a recipient by September 17
5)     Student is invited to the Retailing Summit, October 11-12 in Dallas to receive the scholarship


New York Fashion Week
Partnering with IMG College Licensing, retailing students have the opportunity to represent Texas A&M at NYFW: The Shows in September and February in New York City. Students get a behind-the-scenes look from the shows to the fitting rooms, opportunities to interact with designers, discussion panels, shop tours, and networking with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) case study competition
Each fall semester, Aggies complete in a case competition sponsored by the Fashion Scholarship Fund. More than sixty universities across the U.S. compete. Between six to eight Texas A&M University students earn $5,000 by completing a merchandising and marketing business plan that solves a major problem facing today’s fashion industry. In 2017, an Aggie won $15,000 for having the best paper in national competition. The fall 2018 project emphasizes globalization. Cheryl Bridges mentors competitors.

The Fashion Scholarship Fund is the premier educational fashion non-profit in the U.S. It’s purpose is to support the future leaders of fashion through scholarships, and career mentoring.

(R)Tech Global Retail Challenge
Partnering with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the (R)Tech Global Retail Challenge case competition encourages students from all over the world to develop creative ideas for reshaping the retail industry.

Schedule for Global Case Competition (Sept 24-Nov 17)

Watch this 7-minute video

What is the circular economy? See examples of products re-imagined for the circular economy.

FAQ about the competition