IAEE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship

June 30, 2025
Awards Available: Varies

Scholarship Description

The IAEE DE&I Scholarship was established by IAEE member Rochelle Richardson, CEM. Rochelle is passionate about setting children up for success. “There is a real need for creating opportunities for children who are just one step away from success.”

IIAEE DE&I Scholarship was created with the future of exhibitions and events in mind to reach students in underserved communities in the U.S. The scholarship has the potential to create opportunities and introduce individuals to an industry that can transform their future.

How to Apply

The application process is online. Once you begin the process, you must complete the application in its entirety. You will not be able to save the application and get back in to complete.

  • Proof of combined family income of less than $120,000 (combined parents and student)
  • Completed scholarship application (online form)
  • High school-issued official transcript (upload)
  • Acceptance letter in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, junior or technical college with a degreed major focusing on exhibition and/or event management.
  • Essay submission (online form)
  • Two letters of recommendation from high school teachers or high school counselor that note this scholarship or a general To Whom It May Concern (upload)
  • Resume (upload)

Resume Must Include

  • Your extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school, and the years of participation.
  • Positions of leadership you have held, both in and out of school (e.g. Community Groups, Service Organizations, Philanthropy).
  • Awards and honors you have received in both academic and extracurricular activities.
  • Work experience (paid or voluntary). Include the job title, the average number of hours worked per week, and the dates of employment.

The purpose of the scholarship is to promote and bring visibility to the exhibitions, meetings and business events industry for graduating high school students of diverse backgrounds and from under-served and economically and socially disadvantaged communities in order to create an equal opportunity for the recipient to achieve a two-year or four-year college-level education program. Scholarships are awarded competitively based upon pursuit of a degreed major focusing on exhibition and/or event management. The scholarship includes up to $2,500 in tuition assistance.

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