PCMA Awards Program

Scholarships, Grants, Awards

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.


Fall Student & Faculty Scholarships

Application Deadline: October 7, 2019

Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship
Tuition-based scholarship, supported by Canadian giving, awarded to up to ten (10) undergraduate students.
  • $2,000 tuition award
PCMA Student Chapter of the Year
Awarded to up to two (2) PCMA student chapters to be used for educational programming.
  • $1,000 financial award
Future Leaders Scholarship
This scholarship program, supported by SmithBucklin, supports up to five (5) individuals each year who will be entering their Junior or Senior year at University in Fall of 2019.
  • $1000 tuition award
  • Complimentary registration, roundtrip airfare, and 4 nights housing at PCMA Convening Leaders (2020)
  • Complimentary registration at PCMA Education Conference (2020)
  • Shadow opportunity with the SmithBucklin Team in the DC or Chicago office (Summer 2020)
  • PCMA membership for one year
University Engagement Scholarship
This scholarship supports up to five San Francisco based universities seeking to engage with PCMA. Scholarship will provide the following benefits to 1 Faculty member and 3-5 Students per university program
  • Complimentary registration at PCMA Convening Leaders (2020)
  • PCMA membership for one year
  • Access to exclusive networking events at Convening Leaders
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Convening Leaders
*Participants must submit a recap of their learnings to their faculty member

Convening Leaders Faculty Scholarship
This scholarship program supports up to eight (8) Faculty seeking to attend PCMA Convening Leaders. 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.
  • Complimentary registration and three nights housing at 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders in San Francisco

Spring Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Roy B. Evans Student Scholarship
Tuition-based scholarship awarded to up to two (2) undergraduate students.
  • $7,500 tuition award.
Legacy Society Student 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.
  • $3,500 tuition award.
  • PCMA membership for three years after graduation.
  • Complimentary registration, round-trip airfare and three nights housing at 2021 PCMA Convening Leaders in Houston.
  • Complimentary registration to 2020 PCMA Education Conference.
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.
  • $3,500 tuition award.
  • PCMA membership for one year.
  • Complimentary registration, round-trip airfare and three nights housing at 2021 PCMA Convening Leaders in Houston.
  • Complimentary registration to 2020 PCMA Education Conference.
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.
  • $3,500 tuition award.
  • PCMA membership for one year.
  • Complimentary registration, round-trip airfare and three nights housing at 2021 PCMA Convening Leaders in Houston.
  • Complimentary registration to 2020 PCMA Education Conference.
Education Conference All Access Pass
The All-Access Pass Scholarship is hosted by the PCMA Foundation and awarded to five (5) buisness event professionals. This opportunity includes:
  • Registration to 2020 PCMA EduCon
  • Three (3) nights accommodation
  • One (1) ticket to the Give Back Bash evening fundraising event
  • Special seating for Main Stage sessions and lunches
Greater Midwest Chapter Student Scholarship
The Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA is pleased to offer One (1) tuition-based scholarship exclusively for student leaders within the GMC community. Applicants are considered based on academic record, written essay, meetings industry experience, letters of recommendation, and GMC PCMA involvement. Included in this opportunity is:
  • $5,000 tuition donation for the 2020-2021 academic year, distributed directly to the college or university

20 In Their Twenties

Application Deadline: August 24, 2020

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:
  • Complimentary registration, three (3) nights of housing and round-trip airfare for Convening Leaders
  • Exclusive opportunities to participate in PCMA events and programs
  • Discounted registration to attend Convening Leaders for the two years following your award
  • Complimentary registration for EduCon
  • Complimentary PCMA membership for one year
  • Recognition in a Convene magazine feature article and through a PCMA-issued press release to other industry publications
  • Crystal award to display
  • PCMA membership not required
  • Must be 29 years old or younger at the time the award is presented (January 10-13, 2021)
  • Open to Event Organizers and Suppliers meeting age requirements
  • Must be employed full-time in the Meetings, Conventions and Business Events industry
  • Demonstration of leadership (application must address at least 3 of these):
    • Creative thinking and problem solving
    • Challenges the status quo
    • Leading a team or project to achieve a common goal
    • Elevating an industry network into business relationships
    • Effective communicator
    • A positive role model for PCMA’s Code of Ethics
    • Leadership in organizations (inside or outside the industry)
Areas of Evaluation:
  • Content and Quality of Video (30%)
  • Overall Written Application Quality (30%)
  • Demonstration of Leadership (15%)
  • Career Goal (15%)
  • References (10%)

DES Spring Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 24, 2020

DES Spring Scholarship
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 $1,000 USD. This scholarship is sponsored by Meetings and Conventions Calgary and includes the following:
  • DES Application fee
  • DES Exam fee
  • DES 7-week online course fee, 11 March - 24 April 2020 (required)

VIP Group Opportunity at PCMA EduCon


Application Deadline: 30 April 2020

VIP Group Opportunity at PCMA EduCon
As a member of a VIP Group at EduCon you will have the opportunity to network with a small (10-15) group of business event professionals while building a relationship with a PCMA partner.

Each VIP Group member receives the following:

  • Complimentary registration to EduCon
  • Complimentary Give Back Bash ticket
  • VIP Seating at Mainstage sessions
  • A customized event itinerary which may include invitations to hosted dinners, cocktail receptions and other off-site events

Please note that travel and housing are the responsibility of the individual.

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