Grants and Scholarships

Vanessa Cotton Student Scholarship




The scholarship was created in 2011 in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton. She had a long and distinguished career in the UK meetings & events industry and passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer.  

Entrants are asked to demonstrate their previous events-related work experience, both paid and voluntary, and entry is free to all UK & Ireland students looking to build a career in the sector. The scholarship is funded by Mash Media and the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter and is available to MPI student members currently studying a meetings industry related degree in the UK or Ireland.

Each year we offer the opportunity to award one or more scholarships. The scholarship offerings for each year will be confirmed with the application details, but past prizes have included a four-month paid internship with Mash Media with the opportunity to work on a number of Mash Media events - including; ‘The Event Production Show’, ‘International Confex’, ‘The PA Show’ and the launch of ‘The Publishing Show’ at ExCel.

In addition, previous winners have taken up a position actively supporting the programme of activity driven by the MPI UK & Ireland Marketing and Communications Committees.

The deadline for entries and further information will be announced in due course on our website and social media pages. Please contact Ruth Robinson for any questions in the meantime -

MPI Foundation Meeting Professional Scholarships

The MPI Foundation’s Branded Scholarship program was created for meeting professionals who seek education inside or outside traditional academic institutions.

Scholarships cover:

Continuing Education for individuals who want to advance their academic or career-related education

Certified Meeting Professional Designation for meeting professionals seeking to achieve the foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry

Certification in Meeting Management for professionals seeking career advancement and industry recognition

MPI Meeting Professional Memberships for professionals seeking a connection to industry planners and suppliers worldwide

MPI Conferences for those seeking leadership, career and educational opportunities offered exclusively at MPI conferences like WEC and EMEC

Scholarships help companies position themselves and their corporate brands effectively at a time when funding for education has reached critically low levels. To learn how to become an investor, contact us.


The MPI Foundation is a non-profit organization that fuels the advancement of MPI members by providing them professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships.

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