RILA/Unilever Retail Scholarship


Sponsored by Unilever and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to consider career opportunities in the retail industry and recognize one outstanding Enactus student who is planning to pursue a career within the industry.


The recipient of this award will receive:

  • $5,000 scholarship for tuition at the college/university the recipient is attending for the following academic year.
  • The option to participate in a summer internship with Unilever to experience how manufacturing interfaces with the retail industry.
  • The opportunity to attend and be recognized at the annual RILA Leadership Forum 2018*

In addition, the recipient’s Enactus team will receive:

  • $1,000 project grant

*Enactus will pay for all travel related expenses associated with attending the leadership forum for the recipient.


Applicants must:

  1. Have an interest in pursuing a career in the retail industry (this can include any job function within the industry, and may also include working for companies who supply the retail industry).
  2. Be a registered member of an Enactus team that competes at an Enactus event during the year of application.
  3. Be an Enactus Service Leadership Award recipient during the year of application.
  4. Be a full-time student with at least a sophomore standing.   
  5. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
  6. Be able to attend the RILA Leadership Forum to accept the award.


Applicants will be evaluated based solely on the information contained in the applications and supporting documentation.

Application Process 

Applicants must submit the following information online:

  • Official scholarship application.
  • Unofficial College Transcript(s)
    • Include transcript from current college/university.
    • Include transcript from any other college/university attended.
  • Résumé limited to one page (1) and must contain the following:
    • Business/Work Experience. Include paid, volunteer, full and part-time positions. Provide name of organizations, dates of employment, position held, description of responsibilities and accomplishments.
    • Enactus Team Experience. Include length of time on team, positions held, Enactus United States Competitions participated in and any leadership responsibilities.
    • Internships. Provide name of organization, dates of internship, supervisor’s name, description of projects on which you worked, knowledge gained and how this experience will impact your retail career.
    • Honors, Awards, Special Recognition.
  • Essay limited to two (2) pages, responding to the following:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a career in the retail industry and what attributes/skills do you have that you believe will make you successful?
    • You may also consider including information about:
      • Your career goals and how you plan to attain them.
      • Your most meaningful challenge you have had in life/ business and how you addressed it.
      • Any personal, business, educational, or leadership experiences that would be meaningful in your selection for this scholarship.
      • What it would mean to you to receive this scholarship.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Each can be uploaded on the online application.  Recommendations should speak to the applicant’s academic merit, professional goals and leadership qualities.
    • One (1) letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Enactus advisor.
    • One (1) letter of recommendation from a fellow Enactus team member.
    • One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor or other administrator, besides your advisor.
Stay tuned for additional details in Fall 2017.

Selection Process

A panel of at least two Enactus board members and one member of RILA will review the applications and select the winner.