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Vanessa Cotton Student Scholarship




Read Press Release: MPI announces internship prize for Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award 2020

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 available to MPI member students currently attending a meetings industry related degree in the UK or Ireland.

This year we have the opportunity to award two scholarships. Each winner will receive a four-month, paid internship with Mash Media based in Kingston, Surrey.  Winners will have 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.  There is the opportunity to work on site at all the shows. 

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

Each year, MPI UK & Ireland hosts Christmas drinks to announce the MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will not have an in-person event but rather will announce the winner via email.

The deadline for entries is Friday 15th January 2021. Shortlisting will take place week commencing 18th January 2021 with telephone interviews conducted week commencing 25th January 2021.

The scholarship is funded by Mash Media and the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter.

Download VCSA 2020 Application and send to Ruth Robsinson at ruth@mpiuki.org for consideration.

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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