PCMA and the PCMA Foundation are focused on accelerating the business events industry. We believe research, scholarships, recognition, and engaging leaders are integral to continuing the growth and impact on our community. This site serves as the stepping stone for these programs. View the individual tabs to learn more about our available scholarships, Visionary Awards nominations, grants, and 20 in their Twenties program.
This scholarship will provide five (5) PCMA Students with roundtrip airfare (up to $400), complimentary registration and up to four (4) nights of housing for Convening Leaders 2022 in Las Vegas
PCMA Student Chapter Grant
Awarded to up to five (5) PCMA student chapters to be used for educational programming. The winning chapters will receive a $1,000 financial award.
Roy B. Evans Student Scholarship
Tuition-based scholarship awarded to up to two (2) undergraduate students.
Legacy Society Scholarship
The Legacy Society Student Scholarship supports up to three (3) students entering the dynamic field of business events planning by providing a unique opportunity for support and engagement as they enter the workforce.
The Legacy Society Student Scholarship is intended for those in their last year of undergraduate education. Each recipient will receive:
Foundation Scholars Program
This scholarship program, supported by NYC & Company and PCMA Foundation, provides five (5) undergraduate students with numerous benefits and year-round engagement within the business events industry.
The Foundation Scholars Program is intended for anyone currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. At least one semester of an undergraduate program must be completed at the time of application. Each recipient will receive:
Continuing Education Scholarship
Tuition and year-round engagement scholarship for up to three (3) graduate students in the business events industry or those furthering their business events career.
The Continuing Education Scholarship is intended for those who have completed their undergraduate education and are pursuing a graduate degree. Each recipient will receive:
University Engagement Scholarship
This scholarship supports one (1) local university seeking to engage with PCMA. Scholarship will provide benefits to 2 Faculty members and up to 20 Students. Benefits include complimentary registration for Convening Leaders 2022 in Las Vegas
All Access Pass
The All-Access Pass Scholarship is hosted by the PCMA Foundation and awarded to five (5) business event professionals. This opportunity includes:
Convening Leaders Faculty Scholarship
This scholarship supports up to ten (10) university faculty to attend Convening Leaders 2022. Must be currently teaching at least 2 classes per semester; currently teaching at least 1 class per quarter; OR currently teaching at least 4 classes in the past academic year. Recipients receive: roundtrip airfare (up to $400), complimentary registration and up to four (4) nights of housing for Convening Leaders 2022 in Las Vegas
PCMA Chapter Leaders
This scholarship will provide up to seventeen (17) Chapter members with roundtrip airfare (up to $400), complimentary registration, round-trip airfare, and up to four (4) nights of housing for Convening Leaders 2022 in Las Vegas.
PCMA and Louisville Tourism believe in the power of the humanitarian and instilling compassion throughout the world. In recognition of Louisville officially being declared a “Compassionate City”, this scholarship is focused on recognizing humanitarian and social impact efforts. The PCMA Foundation Humanitarian Scholarship is more than just an event-based scholarship, it is an all-encompassing program looking to foster and promote those who are doing good in the business events industry. Qualified applicants will be individuals who lead, or develop, programs and initiatives in at least one of the following sectors: Inclusion, Empowerment, Social Innovation and/or Cause Awareness. There will be three recipients annually.
Scholarship recipient benefits:
Leadership Coaching with Kati Quigley
Exclusive leadership coaching sessions with business events industry leader, Kati Quigley, are available for mid-career professionals looking for professional and/or personal development. Up to three (3) individuals will be selected to reactive ten (10) hours of coaching tailored to the individual’s unique career and personal goals.
Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship
This scholarship supports four (4) individuals each year with at least 3 years of career experience in the business events industry. Recipients receive: a continuing education stipend of $7500, Convening Leaders 2022 registration, housing, and airfare, one-on-one coaching with Deborah Sexton, and a complimentary membership for 3 years.
Richard A. "Dick" Daignault Award:
This award was created by the Chapter in 1994 in honor of Dick Daignault, a long time Hilton Sales Representative, a career long member of PCMA, and a dear friend and mentor to his peers, his clients, and his competitors. Dick passed away in June 1994 at the age of 64. This award is presented to a gracious and generous supplier partner GMC member who provides leadership through mentoring, demonstrates integrity, and shows consistent respect for colleagues.
Robert J. "Bob" Donovan Award
This award was created by the Chapter in 2001 in honor of Bob Donovan, Vice President, Meetings & Travel Services, American Hospital Association. Bob is a career long member of PCMA, and a person who is committed to the continuity and growth of the industry by mentoring new industry professionals, while always maintaining an open door policy. This award is presented to an outstanding meeting professional who leads by example, inspires volunteerism, and is committed to the growth of the industry.
This award was created by the Greater Midwest Chapter in 2003 to honor a professional or supplier who is recognized as an unyielding supporter of the Chapter through dedicated participation, enthusiastic committee involvement, and leadership.
The GEM Award
The Gem Award is presented to a professional or supplier who is both a newer member of the Greater Midwest Chapter and is currently serving on a Chapter committee. Nominated by committee Chairs and Vice Chairs, this volunteer demonstrates passion, and has taken an active role in the achievements of that committee by consistently Going the Extra Mile.
This award was created by the Greater Midwest Chapter in 2019 to recognize an active chapter member (professional or supplier) who does not reside and/or have a physical office in the greater Chicago area.Greater Chicago area is defined as the following:
A special invitation for event organizers who are responsible for contracting destinations and services for their organizations: Apply for the opportunity to receive a VIP experience during Convening Leaders 2022, which includes: complimentary registration, 3 nights of housing, and a $400 flight stipend. Buyers are required to participate in all of their scheduled appointments and the Hosted Buyer luncheon held on Sunday, January 9.
The PCMA Foundation annually recognizes exceptional individuals across the business events industry and their significant contributions to the industry in 2021. Up to three finalists from each category will be honored at the Visionary Awards; categories and criteria are included below. Nominations are now open. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominee cannot be a current member of the PCMA of Directors or PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees.
Please be prepared to answer the following questions for your nomination:
The PCMA Foundation annually recognizes exceptional individuals across the business events industry and their significant contributions to their chapter from 2020 through 2021. Up to three finalists will be honored at the Visionary Awards. This award is not open to public nominations. Each chapter will select one individual to be submitted for this award. Submissions can only be made by the Chapter leader.
Business Events Strategist of the Year
*Formerly the Meeting Professional of the Year Award
Supplier of the Year
Community Advocate of the Year
This award recognizes an individual’s activism through one specific program/project. This award is open to organization and event-based programs.
Event Designer of the Year
This award is aimed to differentiate from Business Event Strategist of the Year by recognizing unique and innovative ideas implemented through Event Design. This award is open to business event strategists, business event strategists and suppliers.
Digital Experience Strategist of the Year
This award recognizes change-makers and trendsetters of digital events. These are the professionals who transcend geographical borders, balancing event integration with engagement in either face-to-face extensions or standalone digital events.
PCMA Wayfinder Award
The PCMA Foundation will honor an individual and an organization for their innovation, courage, leadership, and solution-focused approach when impacted by a significant external challenge. The awards will be given to those who have made an impact on the business events community, their organization and customers.
Nominations must be related to how the individual or organization has made an impact on the business events industry during the pandemic (in the year 2020). Nominations must showcase examples of innovation, courage and leaders, in creating a better environment for those around them.
One individual and one organization will be selected to receive the award. Award will be presented at the Visionary Awards on August 26.
To nominate an individual or an organization:
PCMA Groundbreakers Award
The PCMA Groundbreakers Award is dedicated to honoring industry trailblazers who represent diverse sectors of the business events community. The award will serve to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to their organizations and programs that advance inclusion and equity.
Nominations must be related to how the individual has enacted change by promoting equity and inclusion within the business events industry. Nominations must include a specific example as to how the individual is paving the way for future leaders. Award will be presented at the 2022 Visionary Awards.
For detailed overview on qualifications & commitments click here: https://foundation.pcma.org/nominations/
Lifetime Achievement Honorees:
The PCMA Foundation annually recognizes our colleagues with distinguished lifetime career accomplishments and significant contributions to the business events industry. As few as one honoree, or as many as three will be celebrated annually; individuals must be or have been a business event strategist, supplier or educator. Individuals do not need to be current members of PCMA. Nominations are now open.
Please be prepared to answer the following questions for your nomination:
Application Deadline: Aug 23, 2021
20 in Their Twenties
20 in Their Twenties recognizes the best and brightest young professionals in the business events industry. Applicants must submit a full application, short video and references. Benefits include:
Areas of Evaluation:
Open 2023 PCMA Board Positions and Terms
Nomination Deadline: 5:00 pm (CDT) on Friday, June 24, 2022
Application Deadline: 5:00 pm (CDT) on Wednesday, July 6, 2022
For detailed overview on qualifications & commitments click here: https://www.pcma.org/board-nomination/
Application Deadline: March 4, 2022
Digital Event Strategist Scholarship supported by Encore
The Digital Event Strategist certification is designed to help individuals and organizations develop, plan, produce, and measure the results of their digital engagement practices. There are a limited number of opportunities, each valued at over $890 USD. This scholarship is sponsored by Encore and includes the following:
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