Your Gift Counts

Every gift made to UNT’s Global Digital Retailing Research Center contributes toward our work in advancing digital retailing through academic and industry collaborations. This includes research, teaching excellence, developing the next generation of digital retail talent as well as bringing academia and industry together through our annual events and research projects. Your generous gifts keep us positioned competitively on the US and international stage.

Our Digital Retailing degree program is the fastest growing within the college, with a 100% job placement rate within 6 months of graduation. This acknowledges the need for top digital talent that the retail industry is facing. While enrollment is increasing, the gap caused by decreased state funding and the cost of providing a Tier 1 Research institution education makes your investment even more critical. Support from friends and alumni help us accomplish our goals.

There are many ways to support the Center and leave a lasting legacy, from major gifts with naming opportunities to tribute gifts that memorialize or honor a friend, loved one or champion of our programs.

In all cases, your generosity advances the GDRRC mission of preparing students to become leaders in digital retailing and society.

Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Increased exposure to our students
  • Recruiting opportunities with access to top talent
  • Priority assistance with interview schedules for permanent and internship placement
  • Networking and visibility opportunities with students and retail industry experts
  • Preferential treatment for conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Increased corporate brand awareness among UNT’s student body

Ways to Give

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Named scholarship funding can open many otherwise unreachable opportunities for students. These can include supporting financial need of tuition and books, housing or study abroad. Funding may be over 5 years and designated for Digital Retailing majors. Typically, they are named for an organization, individual or celebrating a family name (the Smith Family Scholarship).

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
These scholarships may be in any amount and designated for Digital Retailing majors.  Typically, they are named for an organization, individual or celebrating a family name.

STUDENT COMPETITIONS AND SEMINAR TRAVEL SUPPORT
May be in any amount and designated for Merchandising and Digital Retailing majors. Students annually travel to industry conferences such as Shop.org, ShopTalk and National Retail Federation, where they compete in prestigious competitions. UNT competitive teams have placed annually, achieving 1st through 3rd place national awards and scholarships.

LECTURE SERIES AND SYMPOSIUM EVENTS
Your active participation and support provides first-hand knowledge from leading professionals in educating students at large events about concepts, trends and innovations impacting consumer experiences in digital environments. Various sponsorship levels are available.

FUNDED RESEARCH AND NAMING OPPORTUNITIES

Global Digital Retailing Research Center
Whether you are a successful alum or industry professional, this unique opportunity will allow you to establish your namesake legacy as a symbol of achievement and commitment.  It will serve as a celebration of your life and leadership contributions in perpetuity.

Global Digital Retailing Research Innovation Lab
Creating a digital research laboratory for testing innovative technologies for retail application. Generally, the gift will be used to support construction, renovation and operating expenses of the facility.

Endowments for Faculty Fellowships
Named academic positions honor distinguished faculty and help to attract scholars and teachers of high quality. The fellowship funding provides support to endow a distinguished faculty position to further innovative research, teaching and other scholarly activity in Digital Retailing.  

Graduate Student Fellowships
Encourage graduate research through the sponsorship of named fellowships for advanced academic study or thesis research in digital retailing, mobile commerce and related supporting technologies.

For information on how you can support our Global Digital Retailing Research Center and programs, please contact:

Lisa Wallace
Director of Development
lisa.wallace@unt.edu
940-369-7051