Moving this community and our global industry towards critical recovery.


Scholarships are the core of your foundation’s ongoing contribution to complement MPI membership, education and career opportunities. With these scholarships, together, we move this community and our global industry towards critical recovery. Whether you just started your career or you’re an industry vet, the MPI Foundation assists those that share the same commitment and passion to professional excellence. Scholarships are governed by the Global Board of Trustees with oversight conducted by the Grants & Scholarship Committee.

Please read on to view scholarship opportunities.


Scholarship Offering Applications Open Applications Close Award Notifications
KPMG Emerging Professional AwardAugust 30, 2021October 17, 2021November 5, 2021
San Diego State University Tuition Scholarship, Spring Sem. August 25, 2021 October 1, 2021 November 1, 2021
Maritz Terri Breining Professional Development Scholarships September 6, 2021 September 20, 2021 October, 2021 
EMEC Conference Attendance for Non-membersNovember 4, 2021December 1, 2021December 17, 2021
Discover Puerto Rico Planner Scholarships, 2021 AwardsOctober 29, 2021November 15, 2021December, 2021
Discover Puerto Rico Planner Scholarships, 2021 Awards IJanuary 1, 2022February 28, 2022March, 2022
Discover Puerto Rico Planner Scholarships, 2021 Awards IIMarch 1, 2022May 18, 2022June, 2022




The MPI Foundation provides academic scholarships in conjunction with Universal Orlando Meetings & Events, offering 2 annual scholarships for students enrolled in the San Diego State University Master's in Hospitality & Tourism Management degree program. Learn more



Maritz has sponsored professional development scholarships for MPI members who demonstrate excellence in leadership, creativity, passion and generosity for the industry. These scholarships are made in recognition of Terri Breining’s outstanding contributions to the industry community. These scholarships will fund the recipient's professional development through the MPI Academy. 



The MPI Foundation is pleased to provide scholarship opportunities for students in honor of event industry veteran Larry Lee, COO and founder of Encore Productions, who passed away in December 2011.

Lee’s remarkable career included nearly every aspect of show business. Perhaps most significantly, Lee co-founded Encore Productions, working alongside business partners and friends Phil Cooper and Bill Dayton. Due to Larry’s dedication to the industry, The Larry Lee Memorial Scholarship Program has exists for the purpose helping students attend WEC and IMEX America. These scholarships provide invaluable opportunities for those just starting their careers in the industry, while creating a lasting legacy for a respected industry leader.

Ken Sanders, President of Freeman Audio Visual Solution and past chair of the MPI Foundation, says Lee’s career also included a lifetime of mentoring young people. “The industry lost a pioneer and a great man,” Sanders said. “The Foundation is forever grateful for his contributions. There will never be anyone like Larry.”

The KPMG/MPI Emerging Professional Award will recognize three university students who have exemplified significant promise for successful events and meetings industry careers and who aspire to advance the industry’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Check back here for more details about the scholarship as they are available. Applications will open on Monday, August 30.


If you are a non-member in the EMEA region looking to attend EMEC Brighton, please consider applying for this scholarship! Made possible through IMEX Exhibitions, this scholarship is intended to broaden the reach of EMEC and to include residents of the EMEA area at EMEC in Brighton.



Planners are invited to apply for new and renewing membership scholarships, made possible through Discover Puerto Rico. 5 scholarships will be awarded in 2021; 5 more planner membership scholarships will be awarded in the first quarter of 2022 and a final 5 scholarships will be available in the second quarter of 2022. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must be planners who reside in the United States.

Applications received October 29 – November 15 will be notified of their status in December. Applications placed January and February will be responded to in March of 2022; applications placed March, April, and May will be responded to in June of 2022.







Thanks to the scholarship, a student member of MPI had the opportunity to travel to the conference, network with industry colleagues and gain new knowledge especially about event storytelling and marketing.
The MPI Foundation made it possible to push my boundaries and get to know people.
Being awarded this scholarship gives me a boost of pride and achievement, making me excited to continue to expand into the meetings industry.