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PAVE Announces 2021 VMSD Scholarship

The newly created scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential among design students.




The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is pleased to announce the launch of the all-new VMSD Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in the Interior Design, Retail Design, Hospitality Design, Visual Merchandising, Architecture, UX Design, Engineering and Product Design fields through a $1,000 scholarship or the opportunity to attend IRDC 2021 in Denver, Colorado, September 21-22, all expenses paid.  The deadline to apply for this opportunity is July 18, 2021.

Presented annually by VMSD magazine, the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) is a one-of-a-kind conference that delivers two full days of education and design dialogue centered on the newest best practices, emerging opportunities and fresh strategies for engaging shoppers, maximizing resources, and rethinking the retail experience.

IRDC is recognized as the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising communities. (

The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its eleventh year, provides financial assistance to students in educational programs preparing them for careers in the retail environments industry, including but not limited to careers in retail design, visual merchandising, interior design, architecture, and industrial design. PAVE was developed to help ensure a future talent pool for the industry by eliminating barriers to studying in these fields. The funds assist students who are experiencing financial difficulties that may prevent them from continuing school. PAVE has awarded students with over $231,500 in financial grants and scholarships in the past three years.

To learn more and apply for the VMSD Scholarship please visit The application deadline is July 18, 2021.

About VMSD,


Since 1897, VMSD (Visual Merchandising Store Design) is committed to providing retail professionals with the most up-to-date, innovative retail design ideas and industry news — and to do so in a way that inspires, challenges and motivates.

VMSD celebrates the art and science of retail design, drawing on its 120+ year history of serving this market, delivering information and inspiration straight from the high-level executives who drive this industry.

About PAVE,

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership’s (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.



MasterClass: ‘Re-Sparkling’ Retail: Using Store Design to Build Trust, Faith and Brand Loyalty

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