YP Scholarships

Young Professionals (YP)

YP 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.”

YP Zone Grants

IAFE YP Zone grants are available to individuals under 40 who are involved at member fairs and want to attend the annual IAFE Convention and Trade Show. Working with the IAFE Young Professionals committee, IAFE zones provide grants to help cover travel and accommodation expenses to attend the convention. The IAFE provides complimentary attendee registration to each recipient.

To qualify for a Zone YP 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 representation of the nominee must be a current International Association of Fairs and Expositions member.

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

Applications are due by August 31


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

YP Zone Grant Disbursement Form