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Helen Brett Scholarship

Each year, scholarships are awarded to individuals who are exploring the study of exhibitions and events management with the end goal of advancing their careers in this field.

Scholarship History

The Helen Brett scholarship was established by Robert Kolinek, CEM, CMP and named for his grandmother, Helen Brett, who was a pioneer in the trade show industry. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist individuals who are enrolled in an accredited college, university, junior or technical college with a focus on the study of exhibition and event management. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.

Scholarships are awarded competitively based upon pursuit of a degreed major focusing on exhibition and/or event management. If within a hospitality program, the focus of study should be the exhibitions and events industry as determined by the review of the submitted official transcripts.

“My grandmother, Helen Brett, was one of the first female trade show organizers in the industry.  As a third generation family business owner I am very proud to continue her legacy through awarding scholarships to those who share my grandmother’s passion for trade shows.”

– Robert Kolinek, President & CEO, Helen Brett Enterprises

Robert Kolinek

Scholarship Criteria


  • Must be a full-time undergraduate OR graduate student enrolled at an accredited college, university, junior or technical college. Graduate student applicants are ineligible to receive scholarship monies should their graduate assistant position be fully funded by their college/university of any other external funding source
  • Must be enrolled in a degree program focusing on exhibition/event/hospitality management.
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completed application with supporting documents must be received online by 1 May 2024.
  • Supporting items include:
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation by faculty and/or exhibition industry leader
    • Transcript
    • Essay submission (500-1,000 words) explaining goals and desired role in the events industry.
    • Please have all supporting items ready to submit at the time of the application process as there is no save for later ability.

Applications are Closed.

The scholarship includes:

  • Up to $5,000 in tuition assistance
  • Consideration for potential candidates to have an internship experience at the Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition

Contact: Beverly Benbow, M.Sc.

A selection committee comprised of IAEE Faculty Advisory Task Force members and staff will review and rate the applications, and scholarship awards will be based solely on these ratings. Scholarship recipients will be announced by 1 July.

Applications accepted 1 March 2024 – 1 May 2024

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Undergraduate Students

Olivia Candella

Michigan State University

Abigail Cantrell

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Summer Clark

Georgia State University

Kylie Egbert

Iowa State University

Kaila Haines

Liberty University

Kaitlyn Kalstad

Bemidji State University

Hannah Kibble

Michigan State University

Jordyn Leathers

University of Central Florida

Kayla Ross

High Point University

Carly Sokal

High Point University

Grace Schuler

Drexel University

Graduate Students

Yeonjae Kim

University of Central Florida

Jiyai Tan

University of Central Florida

Zixian Zhao

Beijing International Studies University