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.



   

VIP Group Opportunity at PCMA EduCon



Application Deadline: 4 June 2021


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 (5-10) 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 and Lunches
  • A customized event itinerary which may include invitations to a focus group, hosted dinner, and/or cocktail reception

Please note that travel and housing are the responsibility of the individual. Participants will receive a customized itinerary from the partner that is hosting them and may be required to participate in planned events such as, focus groups, happy hour, or dinner.

GMC AWARDS

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.

Award Criteria:

  • Nomination by GMC PCMA member in good standing or self-nomination
  • Minimum 10 years total membership in PCMA and 5 years membership in GMC PCMA
  • Minimum of 15 years employment in the hospitality industry recommended
  • Not a current member of the GMC PCMA Board of Directors, GMC Awards Committee nor previous recipient of this award
  • Established supplier in the industry and represents exceptional service
  • Has history of active volunteerism in the Greater Midwest chapter level the past 5 years and is an active industry volunteer overall

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.

Award Criteria:

  • Nomination by GMC PCMA member in good standing or self-nomination
  • Minimum 10 years total membership in PCMA and five years membership in GMC PCMA
  • Minimum of 15 years employment in the hospitality industry recommended
  • Not a current member of the GMC PCMA Board of Directors, GMC Awards Committee nor a previous recipient of this award
  • Established event professional in the industry
  • Has history of active volunteerism in the Greater Midwest chapter level the past five years and is an active industry volunteer overall

Pillar Award

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.

Award Criteria:

  • Nomination by a GMC PCMA Chapter committee member in good standing or self-nomination
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience – at least 5 years of which being in GMC
  • Current, active member of a GMC PCMA committee
  • Not a current member of the GMC PCMA Board of Directors, Awards Committee nor a previous recipient of this award

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.

Award Criteria:

  • Nomination by GMC PCMA Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs
  • GMC PCMA committee member who has actively served on a committee(s) for 5 years or less
  • Not a current member of the GMC PCMA Board of Directors, GMC Awards Committee nor a previous recipient of this award
  • GMC PCMA Committee member in good standing

Spirit Award

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:
  • Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Kankakee & Lake counties in Illinois
  • Lake, Porter & LaPorte counties in Indiana

Award Criteria:

  • Awarded at the discretion of the GMC Awards Committee based upon direct nomination by a GMC PCMA member in good standing or by nominations received in one of the chapter's other annual awards categories
  • Minimum of 5 years membership in GMC PCMA and 7 years professional experience
  • Not a current member of the GMC PCMA Board of Directors nor GMC Awards Committee
  • Has actively been engaged on one GMC committee during the current calendar year
  • Is a GMC PCMA member in good standing

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.

Nomination criteria:

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:

1. Select “Register” or “Log In” on the right-hand side. If you have not logged in to this site before, you will need to register a new account;
2. Register and/or login;
3. Select the “My Dashboard” tab at the top of your screen;
4. Select the Wayfinder Award” in the drop down on the “My Applications” page;
5. Complete the nomination and submit.

2021 Fall Scholarships


Professional Scholarships

Open | Application Deadline: 31 October 2021

Convening Leaders All Access Pass (NextGen)
This scholarship will provide five (5) NextGen individuals with roundtrip airfare (up to $400), complimentary registration and up to four (4) nights of housing for Convening Leaders 2022 in Las Vegas.

Convening Leaders All Access Pass (Supplier)
This scholarship will provide five (5) Suppliers with roundtrip airfare (up to $400), complimentary registration and up to four (4) nights of housing for Convening Leaders 2022 in Las Vegas.

Convening Leaders All Access Pass (Planner)
This scholarship will provide twenty (20) business event planners with 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 Scholarship
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.

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.


Hosted Buyer Program

Open | Application Deadline: 31 October 2021

Hosted Buyer Program Scholarship
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.


Student and Faculty Scholarships

Open | Application Deadline: 31 October 2021

Convening Leaders All Access Pass (Student)
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.

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

Convening Leaders University Engagement Scholarship (for local Vegas area universities)
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.

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.

20 In Their Twenties



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:
  • Complimentary registration, three (3) nights of housing and round-trip airfare for Convening Leaders 2022
  • 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 2022
  • 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
Criteria:
  1. PCMA membership not required
  2. Must be 29 years old or younger at the time the award is presented (January 9-12, 2022)
  3. Open to Event Organizers and Suppliers meeting age requirements
  4. Must be employed full-time or seeking full-time employment in the Meetings, Conventions and Business Events industry
  5. 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%)

Digital Event Strategist Scholarship



Application Deadline: October 18, 2021

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:
  • DES 6-week online course and exam to be used during the August 2021 – April 2022 course offerings or the self paced course (to be completed by April 30, 2022)

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.

Nomination criteria: 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/

Humanitarian Scholarship, in partnership with Louisville Tourism


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:

  • Three nights housing and registration for 2022 Convening Leaders
  • Ticket to PCMA Foundation’s Party with a Purpose at 2022 Convening Leaders
  • PCMA membership for one year
  • Invitations to attend hosted activities by Louisville Tourism during Convening Leaders
  • $1000 in support of the charity of their choice
  • Ticket to PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards in 2022
  • Invitation to attend the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, KY in 2022
  • Recipient’s application will be automatically entered as a nomination in the Community Advocate of the Year award category for the PCMA Visionary Awards. This does not guarantee selection as a finalist or winner of the category.

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