TARGET Scholarship

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2019 Target Scholarship and Mentorship Experience

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 ten years, PAVE's Scholarship and Student Aid Program has proudly granted over $225,000 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. Learn more at


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 and studying in the United States or Canada.

Applications for the Target Scholarship are now closed.

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 and why are you interested in a potential career in retail design? Describe a retail experience or engagement with a brand that has been memorable and meaningful to you. (Essays should address the above topics for consideration by the PAVE Scholarship Committee. Must be submitted as a PDF. Spelling and grammar counts.)

2. Project Folio of 6 pages maximum.
Describe a retail related project (student based or professional) that you've worked on and that you are proud of (include supporting visuals). Individual vs. team projects should be identified. For team projects, student should identify role. Projects may be hand drawn, computer generated, and/or a combination of both.

3. 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.

4. Must include a copy of your transcript (official or un-official)

* Award sent directly to recipient’s institution (to be applied directly towards tuition or other applicable costs of schooling).
** Airfare, hotel and per diem covered.

Online Application Form can be found near the top of this page. Have questions? Email us at

2018 TARGET Scholarship Recipients Visit to Target Headquarters
2018 Target Scholarship recipients Caroline Montgomery from Kendall College of Art & Design (left) and Alex Bean from Parsons School of Design (right) visit to Target Headquarters in Minnesota.