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IACC-The Americas Invites Hospitality Students to Apply for
2013 IACC Conference Center Industry Award

Includes $5,000 Scholarship to Provide Academic Assistance
Toward a Career in the Conference Center Industry

 
(St. Louis, MO) – November 29, 2012 -- The International Association of Conference Centers -The Americas invites hospitality educators to nominate students for the 2013 IACC Conference Center Industry Award.  The award includes a scholarship valued at $5,000.00 which is drawn from a fund dedicated to providing academic assistance to deserving students interested in careers in the conference center industry and is supported through generous contributions from IACC members and associated organizations.

According to IACC-Americas President Peter J. Stockmann, “IACC looks to lighten the burden of educational costs for the winner of this award and to further expand knowledge of the conference center concept to all students and academic institutions.”

Stockmann encourages hospitality educators to nominate undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, or post-graduate level students who would be exceptional prospects for this award.

Any outstanding candidate(s) should meet the following criteria:
  • Full-time, active student currently pursuing hospitality or related degree in a college or university located in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.30.
  • Can demonstrate interest in pursuing career in conference center industry.
  • Previous winners ineligible.
Stockmann noted, “Educators are encouraged to recommend students with conferencing/meeting services background and career goals—whether in operations, conference services, food and beverage, or another hospitality-related discipline.”  Though IACC does not restrict the number of nominees a college may submit, there is only one scholarship available and nominations should represent the school’s most qualified student(s).

The scholarship flyer can be downloaded and posted on a school’s public bulletin board: http://iacconline.org/content/files/ScholarshipFlyer2013.pdf

IACC requires the following as part of each nomination:
  • A letter of recommendation from a qualified faculty member, explaining in sufficient detail the candidate’s worthiness and verifying his/her GPA.
  • A personal statement from the candidate, concisely describing his/her interests in the hospitality industry, his/her career goals, and stating why the student feels he/she is worthy of the grant-in-aid.
  • A brief essay (approximately 200 words) on the subject “The role that conference centers will play in the future of the meetings industry.”
  • The student’s resume.
  • Any other information that would pertain to the award decision (e.g., involvement in hospitality related organizations, extra-curricular activities, internships/direct work experience).
A committee consisting of hospitality educators and industry professionals will review the nominations and select the winner.  The committee will review nominations beginning the week of January 15, 2013, and the final selection will be made during that week. Following official notification of the award recipient, we will announce the granting of the award to all institutions that nominate a candidate.

In addition to the monetary award, the IACC Conference Center Industry Award recipient will be granted complimentary registration to the 2013 IACC-Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Study Tour, including lodging & meals and transportation expenses. The award will be presented formally during the conference, which runs March 16 – March 22, 2013, at The Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Illinois (north of Chicago). For more information go to: http://events.iacconline.org/2013Annual

One runner-up will also be offered the conference attendance package (excluding the pre-conference tour) outlined above.  “This is an excellent opportunity” says Stockmann “to gain recognition and financial support for deserving students. It is also one of several programs that IACC offers to students and faculty.  And, we look forward to receiving your nomination.”

The IACC Mission Statement: The International Association of Conference Centres is the thought leader on the meeting experience. IACC represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities.

The IACC Vision: “IACC is a community of passionate people and organizations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.”

Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centres is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Universal Criteria and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan. For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.  “There are meetings and then there are IACC meetings."
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Contact: 

James M. Mahon
JMMahon@aol.com


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