Supporting Continued Excellence in Convention Services
Note: December 7 deadline for applications!

Who We Are

The Event Service Professionals Association, ESPA, is dedicated to elevating the event and convention services profession and to preparing members, through education and networking, for their pivotal role in innovative and successful event execution. ESPA members hold many positions in Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Convention Centers, Hotels and Resorts. Some of these include:

• Convention Service Coordinators, Managers and Directors
• Event Service Coordinators, Managers and Directors
• Housing Managers
• Operations Managers, Directors
• Directors of Convention/Trade Shows
• Catering Managers and Directors
• Decorator Management Companies

Conference Scholarship Opportunity

ESPA hosts its Annual Conference each January. In an effort to support students studying in the hospitality management field, we are hosting a scholarship program, made possible by a generous sponsorship from Freeman, a leading nationwide services contractor, wherein a student will be selected to attend the Conference on a complimentary basis, to gain education, and to help contribute to on-site meeting management tasks. Travel reimbursement is included within set parameters.

This scholarship experience will give students an opportunity to see first-hand 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 will have an opportunity to attend Conference sessions and network with event and convention services professionals from across the US and Canada, as well as actively participate as a ‘roving reporter,’ interviewing Conference attendees – offering a great networking opportunity and a chance to see first hand the career paths of those currently working in the industry! Additionally, Freeman will offer mentorship to the student before, during and after the conference. Of course, this will look great on a resume, to show that you were the recipient of this scholarship and that you have had first-hand experience with the onsite management of a professional conference.

ESPA’s 2019 Conference is January 12-13 in Charlotte, NC at the Westin Charlotte.

To apply complete the following application, with the deadline of December 7. The scholarship recipient will be selected and notified by December 12. Please contact ESPA with any questions at 1-609-799-3712 or