2017-18 Target Scholarship and Mentorship

Important Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

Completed applications must be received at the PAVE office.  

The mission of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is to support students studying in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising; therefore, PAVE has created the Student Scholarship Program to assist students with funds to cover basic needs. Over the past seven years, PAVE’s Scholarship Program has proudly granted over $150,000 to students.

The Target Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in Interior Design and Architecture through a $2,500 scholarship* and a multi-day expenses-paid opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s top retail designers and visual merchandisers at the Target Corporate Offices located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From Target’s department store roots to the debut of their small-format stores, Targets history reveals their passion for innovation and creating great shopping experiences. Target believes that great design is fun, energetic, surprising and smart—and it should be accessible and affordable for everyone. When we talk about our dedication to good design, we don’t just mean how something looks, but also how it satisfies a need, how it simplifies your life, and how it makes you feel is a design firm committed to enhancing people's everyday lives.

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  1. Student must be enrolled in a program working toward a degree in Interior Design or Architecture, with a focus in the retail environments industry.
  2. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. Student must be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
  4. Student must be a United States or Canadian Citizen.

Application Requirements

The following items must be attached to your application form for your request to be considered:
  1. Letter of Explanation: (Max. 600 words)
    • Tell us about yourself.
    • Why are you interested in a potential career in the design of retail, restaurant or hospitality environments?
    • Describe a retail experience or engagement with a brand that has been memorable and meaningful to you.
    • (Essays should address all of the above topics for consideration by the PAVE Scholarship Committee.)

  6. Project Folio of 6 pages maximum: (8.5 x 11 inch)
    • Describe a retail related project (student based or professional) that you’ve worked on and that you are proud of (include supporting visuals).
  7. One reference: Can be a professor, faculty member or an employer (including internship supervisors), we will just need the contact information for your reference - references CANNOT be friends or family members.
  8. Must include a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial).

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(Essays should address all of the above topics for consideration by the PAVE Scholarship Committee.)


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The following four items must be submitted with your application form for your request to be considered.
  • 1. Letter of Explanation: (Max. 600 words)
  • 2. Project Folio of 6 pages maximum
  • 3. One reference
  • 4. Copy of your transcript. (official or unofficial)

Statement of Acceptance:

To be considered for these funds, I understand that I must be enrolled as a student in a program for design or architecture. I am a full-time student enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours. The information I have provided and outlined in my letter is true. Any suspected fraud will be reported to the student’s educational institution. By entering your details in to this form, you agree to our Privacy Policy

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Uploading materials

please make sure you have all the application requirements as stated at the top of this form. 
upload all your competition materials as pdfs in a single zipped folder. 
the upload file size limit is 50 mb.

All entries must be received by Friday January 26, 2018 at 5:00p.m., Eastern Time.