The Rance R. Willis Planner Development Scholarship Application

2020 SGMP National Education Conference
May 19-21, 2020
St. Louis, Missouri
SGMP’s Gilmer Institute of Learning provides National Education Conference (NEC) scholarships to provide financial assistance to meeting planner members to attend NEC.  This scholarship is intended to improve the return on investment for our SGMP supplier and planner members through additional educational and networking opportunities during the NEC.

  • These scholarships are intended for planner members who would not be able to attend the NEC without financial assistance.
  • Associate supplier members who plan meetings or conduct site selection functions for government meetings are eligible to apply.
  • Planners whose agency or chapter would otherwise provide full funding for them to attend are not eligible.
  • Applications are evaluated on the volume of meeting planning experience, not on activity in SGMP.
  • Applicants who have never attended the NEC will be given preference.
  • Applicants who have received a NEC Scholarship in the last three years may apply; however preference will be given to first time applicants. 

Responsibilities of Recipients During and After the Conference:
  • Attend all general sessions and educational sessions during the conference.
  • Meet up daily at the conference with the scholarship team.
  • Attend the Tuesday afternoon Scholar Orientation Meeting.
  • Attend the Expo Activities.
  • Attend the Wednesday evening Sam Gilmer Awards Banquet.
  • Moderate at least three breakout sessions at the conference and perform other duties as assigned by the Gilmer trustees.
  • Moderator duties include:  Introduction of Speakers; Announcing In/Out Codes for the Session; Assisting the Speaker as needed; Directing attendees to the SGMP Conference APP to complete speaker evaluations; and Filling out Moderator Evaluation Sheet.
  • Submit completed Moderator’s Session Summary Sheet for each session you moderate daily.
  • Submit four bullet points with takeaways from the conference based on either one of the breakout sessions you attended or one of the keynote speakers and provide to the Gilmer Trustees by COB Friday, June 5, 2020.
  • Meet all deadlines provided by the Headquarters staff and Gilmer Trustees, including  booking approved travel.
  • Must be able to attend the entire conference, beginning with orientation on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and stay through the last session with the closing keynote speaker on Thursday afternoon, May 21, 2020.
  • Answer each question thoroughly; if it is not applicable, enter “N/A.”
  • This application covers meeting planning activity during December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2019.
  • In section III, question 4, you must provide the phone number of the property and name of the contact person even if they are no longer at the property (may be verified).
  • This survey is your application and must be submitted by 5pm EST on Friday, December 6, 2019.  Late applications will not be accepted, and there is no allowance for time zone differences.
  • Do not register for the NEC or make airline reservations prior to receiving notification regarding your scholarship application (if selected, those arrangements will be handled by SGMP Staff).  You will not be reimbursed for expenses incurred before notification of scholarship award.

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* 1. Demographics