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Scholarships & Grants

A gift of continuing education through the IAFE Education Foundation scholarship and or grant provides a tangible commitment to the future of the fair and expositions industry. The IAFE Education Foundation, through the generosity of donors, disperses over $17,000 scholarship and grants annually. Each recipient must be a member of the IAFE and meet the scholarship requirements. Scholarships added when available. If you would like to help the future of the fair industry, click here to learn about establishing a scholarship or grant.
Bill McNeill & Bill Krafft Zone 4 Memorial Grant
Application must be submitted/uploaded by February 15, 2024

The Bill McNeill and Bill Krafft Zone 4 Memorial Grant was established in 2021. This grant is made available though a legacy gift from the late Bill McNeill.  This gift will provide $500 to assist with travel expenses to attend the annual IAFE Zone 4 spring meeting.  For additional information please review the rules and guidelines. 

Florida Federation of Fairs Grant
Deadline: April 1, 2024


The Florida Federation of Fairs Grant is for individuals who have submitted an application for or are currently enrolled in the Institute of Fair Management or the Institute graduate program. The applicant must also be a Florida resident involved with the Florida Federation of Fairs or a Florida Federation of Fairs associate member. The Grant can be used for payment of registration fees associated with the IAFE Institute of Fair Management or graduate program, including travel costs.  

Mathew Immel Grant

Currently Closed.

The Mathew Immel Grant is for an IAFE Zone 4 member that has recruited at least one new IAFE member in 2022. One $500 grant will be awarded at the 2022 IAFE Annual Convention Zone 4 meeting in Indianapolis, IN. 

Friends of the Foundation Grant
Currently Closed.

The IAFE IFM Friends of the Foundation Grant is offered through generous donations from friends of the IAFE Education Foundation and Century Club members. Individuals who want to support the industry’s future all while remaining anonymous; a scholarship that exemplifies the true spirt of the Fair industry. 

Any Institute enrollee is eligible to apply.

IAFE Education Foundation Travel Grant
Currently Closed.

The IAFE Education Foundation Board of Trustees has elected to offer up to $5000 in grant(s) for the 2023 IAFE  Convention. The funds used to support these efforts were raised through the Foundation’s fund-raising efforts and the charitable donations from the IAFE family. For additional information please review the rules and guidelines.

Fair Publishing House Scholarship
Currently Closed.

Fair Publishing House has successfully served their customers since 1880.  Because of this success, Fair Publishing House has established three Institute of Fair Management scholarships.  Any IFM or IFM Grad Track Certification enrollees are eligible to apply. 

Rhonda Livingstone “Dream Big” Memorial Scholarship
Currently Closed.

The Rhonda Livingstone “Dream Big” Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 in memory of a long-time IAFE member, Rhonda Livingstone. Since 2002, Rhonda served as manager of the Bonner County Fair in Idaho and was a graduate of the IAFE Institute of Fair Management. Rhonda had a “Dream Big” attitude that catapulted the Bonner County Fairgrounds to International status. The scholarship can be used for payment of registration fees associated with IAFE events, including the Institute of Fair Management and travel costs associated with IAFE events. 

IFM Etix Grant
Currently Closed.


Etix, an international web based ticketing service provider and long-time IAFE partner has established six (6), $500 IFM scholarships to assist with registration fees related to the IFM program. IFM  enrollees  are eligible to apply.

Darwin Fuchs Memorial Scholarship
Currently Closed.

The IAFE recently lost a great friend of the industry with the passing of Darwin Fuchs on Sunday, January 23. 2022.  Darwin may best be remembered for his 34-year tenure with the Dade County Youth Fair, now known as the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition.  He was very active in the IAFE, working on several committees, attaining his CFE in 1979 and serving in the positions of Treasurer and Board Chair.  He was inducted into the IAFE Hall of Fame in 1994.

Darwin was always willing to share his vast knowledge of the fair industry with others.  After his retirement from the fair, Darwin continued to remain involved and engaged in the fair industry attending meetings and visiting with friends and colleagues as often as he could.  IAFE President and CEO Marla Calico said “He never lost his passion for the industry nor the IAFE…. He always kept in touch and had his eye on how things were going for the Association.”

The IAFE Education Foundation, along with Darwin’s family and the Miami-Dade Youth Fair are working to establish a memorial scholarship, for IAFE Institute of Fair Management enrollees, in honor of Darwin’s service and passion for our industry.  We invite you to join us in creating this lasting remembrance of our dear friend, Darwin Fuchs. 

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Bob Williams Grant
Currently Closed.

Bob Williams was always a supporter of continuing education and assisting young folks in becoming better industry leaders, even after he retired from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. In 2009, he established The Bob Williams grant is to be given annually. Bob passed away in 2016, but through the efforts of his friends and fair family, these grants continue and are awarded in his memory. A $500 grant will be offered this year.  Any Institute enrollee, from Zone 4, is eligible to apply. 

Sponsorship Committee Grant
Currently Closed

The IAFE sponsorship committee financially supports this grant to assist the recipient with their participation in the annual IAFE convention. Applicants must be actively involved in sponsorship activities. 

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