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Patton College senior receives National Retail Federation scholarship


Kate Cronin, a senior retail merchandising and fashion product development major in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, recently won the prestigious Ray M. Greenly Scholarship, recognizing her as a future retail industry leader.

Recipients of the scholarship receive $5,000 to cover educational costs and a stipend to attend Retail's BIG Show in New York City.

Students who receive the Ray M. Greenly Scholarship are chosen by faculty members at NRF Foundation university partner schools as future retail industry leaders who demonstrate a solid work ethic, embrace change and innovation, display a clear enthusiasm for retail, thrive in a team environment and possess the highest moral character.

Living her personal motto, "Life is what you make it," Cronin has definitely been working hard to make it a successful one. In addition to her academic studies, she has interned with retailers such as Eddie Bauer, Envy XOXO, and Perchance Boutique, all while being a member of the NRF Student Association, Fashion Associates, and serving as Ohio University's vice president of professional retail leaders.

"Ever since I can remember, I have worshipped fashion, models, clothing, and everything that goes along with the industry. Cliché? Maybe," Cronin wrote in her scholarship essay. "But the retail industry is huge and there are so many directions that you can go; sometimes into jobs that you never knew existed."

Ray Greenly was vice president of research and member services for Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, before losing a yearlong fight with cancer in the fall of 2005. 

Never one to demand the spotlight, he was the kind of person everyone wants on their team: patient, witty, and always willing to go the extra mile. His spirit lives on in the NRF Foundation's Ray M. Greenly Scholarship Fund, which was established to provide financial support to students pursuing a retail career in any field including marketing, operations, merchandising, logistics, IT, analytics, and dozens of others.

For more information about Kate and the Ray M. Greenly Scholarship, visit: http://nrffoundation.com/content/scholarships.