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MPI Scholarships

MPI offers a number of scholarship opportunities to assist with the professional development of its members. 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.

Scholarships and other financial assistance opportunities are also available through the MPI Upstate New York Chapter including.

  • CMP or CMM Scholarship - Heidi Longton Achievement Award
  • Membership Dues Scholarship

Heidi Longton Achievement Award

Why Was This Award Created?

Heidi Longton 2019This special award was established in 2006 when planner Heidi Longton, CMP, CMM celebrated 10 years at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA). Then president Jim Ayotte wanted to honor her for the years of dedicated event and meeting planning services she provided to their organization. Heidi also wanted to give back to the industry so suggested creating a special fund for those individuals who wanted to pursue their Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation and did not have the personal monies or employer support available. 

You see in 1998, her own dreams were dashed when at first, her organization could not support her financially so she could pursue her CMP designation. As a professional establishing her career and supporting her family, she also did not have the extra funds for exam fees and study materials and no additional resources were available. 

Then in 2001, Jim Ayotte, the new president of NRLA made her dream a reality. He approved Heidi’s request for support, and she earned her designation in 2002. So, she wanted to give back so others could pursue their CMP dreams too.

With an initial donation of $500 to the MPI Northeastern NY Chapter as it was named at that time, Mr. Ayotte presented a check to the 2006 Chapter President Judy Rucinski, Vice President of Finance Mike Snyder, and Vice President of Membership Gina Mintzer in a ceremony at the NRLA offices to establish the Heidi Longton CMP Scholarship. This scholarship program was created for members of MPI NENY who wanted to pursue professional development in the CMP program to benefit both themselves and the Chapter.

The scholarship was then expanded to include those individuals who want to pursue their Certificate in Meeting Management Program (CMM) since in 2009, Heidi also earned her CMM. In 2019, the scholarship was renamed to the Heidi Longton Achievement Award to honor Heidi’s legacy and achievement in pursuing both the CMP and the CMM designations and to align with how the award is now distributed. 

What Does the Award Provide?

The intent of the Heidi Longton Achievement Award is to reimburse (up to $550) a member in good standing of the MPI Upstate NY Chapter (formerly the MPI NENY Chapter) who is pursuing either their CMP designation or their CMM. 

The member may use this reimbursement to cover personal out-of-pocket expenses of the application and registration so that the burden of individual contributions may be lightened, though not necessarily eliminated. Employer paid application fee or expenses are not eligible for member reimbursement.

What is Expected of the Applicant?

The goal of the award is to have members pursue professional development in the CMP or CMM program, which will benefit both themselves and the MPI Upstate NY Chapter. Continued involvement and leadership in the MPI Upstate NY Chapter is expected of award winners.

It will be the obligation and responsibility of the applicant to submit to the CMP/CMM Award Committee an application and any additional information requested. Funds will not be available in advance but will be reimbursed upon successful receipt of the CMP/CMM Certification. It is expected that award winners will have attended CMP/CMM study groups and will participate in such groups as trainers in the future.

Who are Eligible?

Members in good standing of the MPI Upstate NY Chapter and have been involved in the Chapter for a six-month period are eligible to apply for this reimbursement. Applicants must have successfully completed the CMP/CMM application and passed the CMP/CMM exam prior to providing receipts for reimbursement.

Application Procedures and Deadlines:

  • Complete the application and submit within 45 days after taking CMP/CMM exam.
  • All personal out-of-pocket receipts must be included with the application.
  • Award money will be reimbursed upon completion of the program and a CMP/CMM passing score is confirmed by CIC.
  • Awards may be presented up to two times per year, depending on available funds and the quality and timing of the applications received.

The 2020 deadline is Monday, June 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. 

If you would like to make a donation to the Heidi Longton Achievement Award please contact MPIUpstateNY@gmail.com.

Membership Dues Scholarship

MPI Upstate NY may be able to help offset the annual cost of joining MPI. This scholarship is intended for planner members only and is based on availability. 

The planner will join MPI, set up a payment plan for bi-yearly payments, and pay the first half of the year. The Planner is required to join a volunteer committee and participate in chapter activities. When the scholarship is awarded, the chapter will pay the balance of the annual membership dues for the second half of the year.

Planner members in good standing may contact the current Vice President of Membership for more information. The recipient(s) is selected by the Board of Directors based on chapter participation and available funds.

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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