Freeman Accepting Applications for Meetings Industry Scholarship

As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing the practice of convention services management in the meetings industry, the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) — formerly known as the Association for Convention Operations Management (ACOM) — has launched its fifth annual student scholarship program, the scholarship's sponsor, event marketing and production company Freeman, announced last week.

The scholarship, the Donald S. Freeman, Jr. ESPA Conference Scholarship, will enable one student to attend the ESPA Annual Conference, taking place Jan. 6-8, 2012, in San Diego. According to ESPA, the winning student will get to see firsthand "the inner-workings of a conference, including meeting planner and venue interactions, room set ups, AV, registration procedures, pre-convention meetings and more." The student also will be mentored by a representative from Freeman — the chairman of which is the scholarship's namesake — before, during and after the conference.

According to Freeman, it sponsors the annual scholarship program "to reflect a commitment to continued excellence in convention services and support students studying the hospitality management field."

"The scholarship is named for my father, because he believed that investing in students is the best thing we can do for the future of this industry," said Carrie Freeman Parsons, vice chairman and Donald Freeman's daughter. "This scholarship provides a student with an amazing opportunity to enhance his/her education and experience face-to-face on-site meeting management firsthand. I hope it instills in them the same passion I have for this business."

ESPA will select a scholarship winner based on their academic accomplishments, work experience that demonstrates a strong interest in event and convention services/meeting planning as a career path and an insightful essay.

For more information about the Freeman scholarship, visit Applications are currently being accepted until Nov. 18, 2011.