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IAEE Congratulates the 2022 Helen Brett™ Scholarship Recipients

September 15, 2022

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announces this year’s recipients of the Helen Brett™ Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Robert Kolinek, CEM, CMP and named for his grandmother who was a pioneer in the trade show industry. Its purpose is to assist individuals who are exploring the study of exhibitions and events management with the end goal of advancing their career in this field. This year’s application and selection process resulted in 14 scholarships awarded: 10 to undergraduate students, two to graduate students and, for the first time, two to Ph.D. students.

“This is the first year that we have awarded scholarships to doctoral students, which reflects the positive growth that IAEE’s Helen Brett™ Scholarship program is experiencing,” said IAEE President & CEO David DuBois, CMP-F, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “IAEE is proud to support future exhibitions and events professionals in their career development through this program.”

Recipients of this year’s Helen Brett™ Scholarship are:

Undergraduate Students

Irene DeLinggo
Iowa State University

Kelly Fong
Washington State University

Veronica Goodstein-Loughrin
Madison College

Jessica Hay
Grand Valley State University

Samuel (Harrison) Jones
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Quang Huy Le
Dallas College – Richland Campus

Callie Main
Purdue University

Natasha Pasui
High Point University

Skye Richardson
Georgia State University

Maddy Thibodeaux
Georgia State University

Graduate Students

Hailee Austin
East Carolina University

Maria Ziyi Wu
Iowa State University

Ph.D. Candidates

Jihye Park
University of Central Florida

Emily Zirbes
Iowa State University

Click here to learn more about each grant recipient and for more information about the Helen Brett™ Scholarship.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Freeman, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Swapcard and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit for more information.

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