KSU fashion merchandising major earns scholarship

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The National Retail Federation selected Kent State University senior fashion merchandising major Brittany Casper to receive its Ray M. Greenly Scholarship that is awarded to the next generation of retail leaders.

Casper, who is from Brunswick, is among 24 students nationwide to earn the $5,000 scholarship.

She received the award at the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention and Expo, also known as the Retail's BIG Show. The Retail's BIG Show is the annual flagship industry event hosted in New York City in January by the NRF.

Casper received a stipend in addition to her scholarship to attend the 2013 show that took place from Jan 13-16.

"This scholarship opportunity sounded incredible because it would give me insight into retail areas that I wouldn't normally have contact with," she said. "Looking at it from the overall retail perspective will help me learn how the other industries function and how to apply that to what I want to do."

Casper has internship experiences working at Urban Zen, Agentry PR, Todd Snyder and Giorgio Armani. Casper is excited to be returning to New York City.

"I want to be a buyer for a major fashion corporation so that I can help shape the industry," she said.

Kent State is a member of the NRF Foundation university partner schools, a partnership of schools nationwide that offer future retail leaders high-quality education and access to big names in retail.

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