YPI Scholarships

Young Professionals Initiative (YPI)

YPI Mission: “To provide a venue for young professionals to guide the future of the fair industry through leadership development, mentoring, incentives, education and idea sharing with the IAFE”

YPI Zone Grants

IAFE YPI Zone grants are available to individuals under the age of 40 involved at member fairs who would like to attend the annual IAFE Convention and Trade Show. Working with the IAFE Young Professionals Initiative (YPI) committee, IAFE zones provide grants to help cover the expenses of travel and accommodations to attend the convention. The IAFE provides complimentary attendee registration to each recipient.

To qualify for a Zone YPI Grant, the delegate:

  • Must be less than 40 years of age and more than 21 years of age by the first day of the IAFE Convention
  • Must have never attended the IAFE Convention or have not been in three or more years.
  • Must be from a Fair that is located in the respective zone (board member, staff members, or volunteer)
  • Fair representing the nominee must be a current member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

Scholarship opportunities vary within each zone. Grants will be awarded (up to the maximum amount as reimbursement for eligible travel/accommodation expense) as identified in the Zone’s grant guidlines.

Applications due by August 31

Judging:

  • Applications will be “blind” when delivered to the members of the scholarship selection committee, and will be given “blind judging.”
  • Judging will be based on an individual score (each judge review each application individually and on its own merit, assigning a score to that individual application).

YPI Zone Grant Disbursement Form