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Grants and Scholarships

Vanessa Cotton 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 available to MPI member students currently attending a meetings industry related degree in the UK or Ireland and will cover registration, accommodation and travel for at least one student to experience the professional development and networking at the MPI European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC).

The recipient of the scholarship will be able to attend educational sessions and network with over 300 meetings industry professionals. Several UK & Ireland board members will be in attendance and will assist the winner to maximise their participation

The winner of the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship will secure a month-long paid for internship at Reed Exhibitions at their offices in Richmond, London., Reed Exhibitions are one of the world’s leading events organisers, with a growing portfolio of 500 events in 41 countries, and a staff of 3,000 exhibition specialists.

Each year, MPI UK & Ireland hosts the MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship, an annual competition created to recognise the industry’s brightest and most ambitious event management students as they embark upon careers in the meetings and events sector.

This year a  select panel of judges has been recruited to vote on applications with the winner being announced at MPI’s Christmas Celebration at the Melia White House Hotel London on Monday 16th December 2019.

The scholarship is funded by Reed Travel Expo and the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter.


MPI Foundation 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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