MPI UK&I announces winner of the Vanessa Cotton Memorial scholarship

Final year hospitality student at the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University, Dominique Dashwood-Evans, has won the Vanessa Cotton Memorial Scholarship 2011.
UK and Ireland Chapter President, Samme Allen, proudly announced this
year’s winner during the association’s cocktail reception at European
meetings and incentive trade show EITBM in Barcelona.

scholarship will provide Dashwood-Evans with sponsored registration,
accommodation and travel to experience the professional development and
networking at the European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) taking
place in Budapest from 29 to 31 January 2012.
application was well thought out and she clearly has a passion for our
industry based on the work she has done to date [mostly on a voluntary
basis],” said Allen. “In the judges’ opinion she demonstrated a strong
understanding of the value and significance of this award.”
winner will be mentored at EMEC 2012 by members of the UK Chapter board
and members of the Excel London and Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) team.
the scholarship was a huge surprise, attending the conference will
provide me with the opportunity to develop a more professional
presentation building my confidence for future occasions,” said
Dashwood-Evans. “It will also prove invaluable for my dissertation which
looks into how social media can influence the decision making of events
planners, as social media is a topic that will be covered in the
specific interest sessions at the conference.
“I am also very grateful as I am keen to build relationships with both suppliers and planners for my future career.”
Vanessa Cotton Memorial Scholarship was launched on 12 September 2011
in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton. The funds are set
to enhance the opportunities presented to those beginning their careers
in the meetings and events industry while creating a lasting legacy for
the respected industry leader.
Each collaborator in the
scholarship, which includes Excel London, RTE and the MPI UK and Ireland
Chapter, has committed €350 for the next five years with plans to
increase fundraising and send more students to EMEC.
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