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PAVE scholarship winners

Award winners are CMU’s first

Two receive scholarships from leading visual merchandising partnership


The Planning and Visual Education Partnership has announced scholarship awards to two Central Michigan University students.

It’s the first time CMU students have won, said fashion merchandising and design faculty member Michael Mamp. 

PAVE, based in Hollywood, Florida, is the top-tier organization in the field of visual merchandising, Mamp said.

Lorrynda Walthall of Ypsilanti, Michigan, received $5,000 as winner of PAVE’s 2018 Christine Taylor Scholarship that recognizes excellence and leadership potential in visual merchandising. She submitted a portfolio of work this semester from her Visual Merchandising course.  


Lorrynda Walthall included this store window display study in her winning portfolio.

“It feels good to know the skills that I have gained in Central's fashion program have prepared me to excel in my industry,” said Walthall, a senior studying fashion merchandising and design.

Halima Abdi, an interior design student from the Grand Rapids area, received a $2,000 PAVE aid scholarship.

PAVE's student aid program supports students with financial needs studying retail design, planning, visual merchandising, industrial design and other programs for careers in retail environments. The award is based on merit, need and grade point average.

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