Merchants of Change: Transforming Students into Professionals
Mar 6, 2013

Students in the Merchant Development Program will participate in designated activities that will enhance their academic foundation, develop a personal awareness of ethical and financial responsibilities, and refine demonstrated talent.  Students are expected to perform at a high level and exhibit advanced knowledge of the retail industry with regard to consumer behavior, merchandise planning, and business strategy.   Standards for the program include grades of A or B in courses such as Brand Development, Advanced Planning and Allocation, Merchandising Ventures, and a Global Discovery Study Tour.  Students will also complete a Market Menternship, remain an active member of the National Retail Federation Student Association, attend at least one industry conference, complete a job shadowing experience within the industry, gain certification in Microsoft Excel, and participate in a variety of professional development seminars, activities and competitions.   This program provides rigor and opportunities to excel in the industry prior to graduation. 

The first two students accepted into this program are Sally Wu and Rachael Kennedy. Both of these students are high-achievers and leaders both inside and outside the classroom. In just their first semester in the program, both students have already attended a Money Management seminar, submitted essays to the Nicholas D. and Anna Ricco Ethics Award competition ($1,000 prize), and each of them were just recently connected to a high-level industry professional who will serve as their mentor!  

Rachel said of her experience I joined the MDP program to broaden my opportunities and become more connected to the industry I am focusing on for my career.  I am amazed at the experience and opportunities I have already had and can't wait to see what will come my way as I get farther into the program"

This is a competitive program and space is limited. Students who meet the minimum application criteria will need to submit an application, an essay and documentation of work experience.  The application is due on November 1 for the Spring cohort and April 1 for the Fall cohort.  Complete information regarding the program can be obtained by contacting Tatyana Grant, Director.

For more information contact:

Tatyana Grant, Director, Chilton Hall 342-D, 940-565-2097 ; 

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Application Requirements

· A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

· Completed each of the pre-major courses for their major with a grade of A or B

· Worked a minimum of 300 documented clock hours in a retail setting  

Sally Wu and Rachael Kennedy, the first two students accepted into the Merchant Development Program.

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