A gift of continuing education through the IAFE Education Foundation scholarship 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 dollars 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.
2020 Scholarship Winners
2020 Fair Publishing House Scholarship Recipients:
Jocee Weaver – Wisconsin State Fair
Stacy Starr – El Paso County Fair, CO
Jeff Shreaves, CFE – Florida State Fair
2020 Bob Williams Scholarship Recipient:
Beth Pomije – Wisconsin State Fair
2020 Rod Link Memorial Scholarship Recipient:
Bevin Ketter, Wisconsin State Fair
2020 Rhonda Livingstone Dream Big Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Shelly Bennett – Pierce County Fair, WA
2020 Friends of the Fair Scholarship Recipient:
Jenni Axelson- Sherburne County Agricultural Society, MN
2020 Matt Immel Grant
Marla Stello – La Crosse County Agricultural Society, WI
Rod Link Memorial Scholarship
The Rod Link Memorial Scholarship is supported by Frank Zaitshik of Wade Shows, Inc., in memory of Rod Link, to assist a young person enrolled in the IAFE IFM. The applicant must be currently enrolled in the Institute of Fair Management or Institute of Fair Management Graduate Track Certification Program and must be less than 40 years of age and more than 21 years of age by the first day of the 2020 IAFE Convention (Nov. 29). The scholarship can be used for payment of registration fees or travel expenses associated with the IAFE CyberSeminars, the Institute Summit, the Annual Convention, and/or Zone Meetings. Applications due by August 31, 2020.
Rhonda Livingstone “Dream Big” Memorial Scholarship
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. Applications due to Lori Hart by Aug. 31, 2020.
Fair Publishing House Scholarship
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 Track Certification enrollees are eligible to apply. Applications are due to the IAFE office by August 31. Recipients will be recognized at the annual IAFE conference.
Friends of the Foundation Scholarship
The IAFE IFM Friends of the Foundation Scholarship 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. Applications are due to the IAFE Office by August 31. Recipients will be recognized at the Annual IAFE Convention.
Bob Williams Scholarship
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 two scholarships to be given annually. Bob passed away in 2016, but through the efforts of his friends and fair family, these scholarships are continuing and are awarded in his memory. A $500 scholarship will be offered this year. Any Institute enrollee, from Zone 4, is eligible to apply. Applications are due to the IAFE Office by August 31.
Florida Federation of Fairs Scholarship
The Florida Federation of Fairs Scholarship 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 scholarship can be used for payment of registration fees associated with the IAFE Institute of Fair Management or graduate program, including travel costs. Applications due by April 1, 2020.