BERGMEYER Scholarship

2019 Bergmeyer Scholarship
& Mentorship Experience


Applications for The Bergmeyer Scholarship are now closed.

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. In nine years, PAVE's Scholarship Program has proudly granted over $180,000 to students.

The Bergmeyer Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in Interior Design and Architecture through a $1,500 scholarship* and a multi-day expenses-paid** opportunity to take part in an immersive experience learning from some of the industry's top designers at the Bergmeyer studios in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bergmeyer is a design firm committed to enhancing people's everyday lives. Bergmeyer focuses on creating user experiences for the most common places we visit: where we learn, shop, eat, work, live, and gather.



  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 included in your application for your request to be considered:

  1. Letter of Explanation: (Max. 600 words):

    • Tell us about yourself. What brought you to explore a career in design? How do you see retail, restaurants and hospitality design changing in the future? What role do you see yourself playing in this future?
      (Essays should address all of the above topics for consideration by the PAVE Scholarship Committee.)

  2. Project Folio of 6 pages minimum

    • Describe a retail-related project (student based or professional) that you've worked on and that you are proud of (include supporting visuals). PLEASE NOTE: Portfolio work that consists of projects that were finalists in any PAVE sponsored design competition will not be accepted (i.e. Student Design Competition or GlobalShop Student Design Project). Retail projects are not limited to traditional stores, they also include food & beverage, hospitality, banking/financial and/or medical.

  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)

Applications for The Bergmeyer Scholarship are now closed.

* 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.

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2018-19 Bergmeyer Scholarship recipient Barbara Iglesias (center) from Florida International University with Bergmeyer's Eric Kuhn, Retail Market Leader and Mare Weiss, Principal at Bergmeyer Studios in Boston, MA.

"Winning the Bergmeyer Scholarship and Mentorship Experience through PAVE has been one of the highlights of my Master's program. As a graduate student winning a scholarship is always an immense help to alleviate the financial pressures that come with every semester. The privilege to be able to visit such an amazing studio on top of that, is just icing on the cake. My trip to Boston was such a great experience thanks to everyone at Bergmeyer! Not only was I able to see and learn about fascinating projects both past and current, but they were also incredibly welcoming. I would not have been able to have this great adventure without PAVE leaders such as Dash Nagel. To future winners: Congrats! and I know you will enjoy it as much as I did!"
- Barbara Iglesias, Florida International University
2018-19 Bergmeyer Scholarship Recipient