Originally created to recognise the industry’s brightest and most ambitious students, graduating from event management degrees the scholarship also supports their first step in to the meetings and events sector.
This year’s winner, chosen with consultation from universities and industry, will receive a one-month, paid internship with Reed Travel Exhibitions.
Jane Baker, president of MPI UK and Ireland, said: "MPI has a long history of initiatives that encourages new talent to join the meetings and events sector. We’re delighted that this year’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship does that in a new way, with the opportunity to gain valuable, paid work experience with one of the industry’s leading players. We’re excited to work with Reed and grateful for their ongoing support of this programme."
Reed is the organiser of IBTM World, the leading global event for the meetings, events and incentives industry.
A panel of industry judges will shortlist the final three candidates from the entries submitted and representatives from Reed will select the winner.
The judging panel will include Liz Quinton from CWT Meetings & Events, Ryan Curtis-Johnson from drp, Sam Coates from Keith Prowse, Nicola Weston from Slaughter and May, Sue Etherington from QEIICC, Nicola Alexander from Travel Alberta and Sue Munro, industry consultant.
Graeme Barnett, senior Eexhibition director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: "Reed has supported MPI’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship since its launch in 2011 and we are proud to do so once more. Identifying the best new talent to join us is vital to our continued growth, and involving the winning applicant with the industry’s leading event, IBTM World, provides a win-win for all involved."
The deadline for entries is 20 October 2017.