The cost of education—from college all the way to professional development throughout one’s career—can be significant. Knowing this, groups throughout the meeting and event industry have banded together for years to help ensure knowledge and advancement is a reality. The result is that there is now an incredible supply of scholarships to be had, thanks to generous donations from your planner peers, industry suppliers and professional associations.
The following information isn’t all-encompassing but will help you to plan the next steps in your professional development while tapping into existing funding mechanisms without draining your savings.
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Meeting Professionals International
The MPI Foundation disbursed hundreds of scholarships and grants in 2017 totaling more than $294,000. The ways in which these funds can aid your professional career are as wide and varied as the organizations and individuals who sponsor the programs. Following are some examples of available scholarships from the MPI Foundation.
- The Membership Scholarship covers the cost of a new Preferred MPI membership.
- The Professional Development Scholarship, only available to MPI members, covers, partially or fully, the cost of any MPI Academy courses, including the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM), the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC), MPI’s Experiential Event Series programs and much more (see the MPI Academy for all opportunities).
- Conference Scholarships, only available to MPI members, cover costs to attend events such as the World Education Congress (WEC), IMEX America and IMEX in Frankfurt.
- The M&IT Canadian Nationwide Scholarship Program covers the cost for planner members in Canada to attend IncentiveWorks 2019 or any MPI Academy program. Applications close May 31, so hurry!
Professional Convention Management Association
The PCMA Education Foundation supported more than 90 scholarships last year to help students and experienced professionals in the industry. The average value of a scholarship from the foundation has increased significantly this year ($6,000—an increase of $4,000). Following are some examples of available scholarships from the PCMA Education Foundation.
- The Roy B. Evans Student Scholarship provides $7,500 in tuition assistance to up to two PCMA Student Members.
- The Foundation Scholars Program offers a tuition award of $3,500, registration, airfare and accommodations to attend the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders event and more for up to five undergraduate students.
- Foundation All Access Pass Professional Scholarships cover registration and accommodations for up to five industry professionals (PCMA membership is not required) to the Convening Leaders conference, access to PCMA Premium Content and the Business Event Bootcamp.
- The Medical Business Event Professional scholarship affords five recipients with registration and accommodations to attend PCMA’s Convening Leaders conference, as well as one year of PCMA membership and access to the online Business Event Bootcamp. The deadline to apply is Oct. 5, 2018.
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The Network of Executive Women in Hospitality
The Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) has given more than $5 million in scholarships to more than 2,100 students since its founding in 1984. These funds are reserved for students seeking a career in the hospitality industry. Following are some examples of scholarships from NEWH. Applications for NEWH scholarships are typically due by late summer.
- The NEWH Women Leaders $5,000 Scholarship is given to one female hospitality management student and also includes a paid trip to attend the Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast and Panel.
- Scholarships named for Ken Schindler and Clifford R. Tuttle each provide $5,000 to one student in hospitality interior design and includes a paid trip to attend HD’s Platinum Circle Awards event.
- The NEWH Leadership $10,000 Scholarship opens later this year.
- The NEWH Green Voice Design Competition $7,500 scholarship is awarded to students of hospitality interior design or architecture and also includes a paid trip to attend the HD EXPO.
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) grants several scholarships and financial awards each year while remembering important leaders who left a mark on the industry.
- Helen Brett Scholarships are given to students pursuing careers in exhibition management. In 2017, the scholarship was given to two recipients with each receiving $5,000 in tuition assistance.
- Available for a variety of purposes such as attending professional events worldwide and pursuing the CEM designation, the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund has no specific financial limit. There are two annual deadlines for the grants, April 1 and September 1. Complete details about IAEE’s Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund are available.
Other industry scholarships
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) David Riddell Memorial Scholarship funds the costs to attend the organization’s Global Forum (up to $2,500) for numerous future leaders each year. So why not apply for the scholarship to attend next year’s Global Forum, Jan. 11-13 in Bangkok?
The Timothy S. Y. Lam Foundation was established in 2012 as a way to honor its namesake and offer assistance to those in the hospitality industry. The foundation awards $2,000 tuition-based scholarships for students as well as exam-related scholarships to help professionals attain certifications (CMP, CPCE, CSEP). Depending on the nature of the scholarships, they are granted quarterly and semi-annually.
The Patti J. Shock Scholarship, offered through a partnership between The International School of Hospitality and The Foundation of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events), grants catering as well as meeting professionals the cost of tuition and fees for the Meeting and Event Catering Certificate Program ($1,800). Applications open this fall.
There are numerous scholarships specifically available to industry professionals pursuing the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.
- The Midwest Meetings CMP Scholarship covers the CMP exam fee for up to four industry professionals from the U.S. Midwest. Applications are accepted year-round.
- The MPI Foundation’s Professional Development Scholarship can be granted to reimburse MPI members for costs related to attaining the CMP.
- The Timothy S. Y. Lam Foundation offers scholarships that cover the $450 fee to take the CMP exam.
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Updated in 2018.
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