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Helen Brett Scholarship

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

Deadline for application submissions end on 1 June

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Roxy Ho

Roxy Ho is a senior studying Sports/ Entertainment/ Event Management at Johnson & Wales University. Her passion in events, especially in exhibitions and galas, is what made her travel from Vietnam to the US. For the past few years, Roxy organized the first prom in Ho Chi Minh city for over 500 attendees, several cultural events and exchange programs to Japan, along with entrepreneurship camps and workshops. Through different experiences, Roxy had a chance to volunteer at 2016 World Golf Championships at Trump National Doral Miami, be a Changemaker Fellow of Rhode Island Social Enterprise Greenhouse, and meet former president Obama as a Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. Roxy believes that receiving Helen Brett Scholarship is an important stepping stone for her to network with professionals in the industry and be more confident about her own ability.

“I fell in love with the career, where I can create memorable, once-in-a -life-time experiences for people. To me, working in an event from start to end is a recreational activity, where I can use my creativity, problem solving skill and strategic thinking. Events management triggers my mind and challenges my abilities, so the more I strive to create a perfect experience, the better I am as a leader in event industry and a better individual. I found my right career, which is being an event planner.”


Euginnie Zeitler

Receiving the Helen Brett Scholarship is a blessing for Euginnie. It means a lot to her because not only is it assisting with her educational needs, it is also a token of her appreciation from God. She is very appreciative to be a recipient of the award. The scholarship award is just the beginning of great things to come. A lot of people say that there is no help out there, this award is an evidence and a proof that there is help out there.

Euginnie is an honor graduate of Richland college Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Travel Exposition and Meeting Management (TEMM). She has been a participating member of the Richland College (TEMM) club. She was the 2016 and 2017 Chair of TEMM Silent Auction and Scholarship Luncheon. She was also the Administrative Assistance to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Authority Onne. She was responsible for planning of travel, organizing investors meeting and the daily functions of the CEO office.

She will always have a lot of people to thank for her accomplishments and receiving financial help. She is currently enrolled at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality of Meeting Planning and Trade Show.

As a little girl growing up in the village, she has always found herself assisting in setting up spectacular events like the traditional marriages, which is an annual event that showcase the Eleme culture and pride. She has an eye for the event industry from her teenage years so when she discovered that Richland College offers a degree in Meeting and Event management she plunged into it as a career without a second thought. By way of gaining more experience into hosting public events, she volunteered her time with several industry event planners and executors to broaden her knowledge.

Her aim is to become the delta of excellence when it comes to event planning as she uses her education to organize mesmerizing Trade shows globally.


Helen Brett Scholarship

The Helen Brett scholarship was established by Mr. Robert Kolinek, CEM, CMP and named for his grandmother, Helen Brett, who was a pioneer in the exhibition industry. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist individuals who are exploring the study of exhibition management with the end goal of advancing their career in this field. 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 on a competitive basis based upon pursuit of a degreed major focusing on exhibition and/or event management. If within a hospitality program, focus of study should be the exhibitions and events industry or those programs which are viewed by IAEE as particularly relevant to this field. Up to four scholarships may be awarded.

“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

Helen Brett Scholarship Criteria


  • Must be a full time student enrolled at an accredited college, university, junior or technical college
  • Must be enrolled in a degree program focusing on exhibition/event management
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average on 4.0 scale
  • Completed Helen Brett Scholarship Application
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation by faculty and/or from exhibition industry leader
  • Official transcript
  • One page essay submission (500-1,000 words) on an explanation of your goals and desired roles in the exhibitions and events industry
  • Consideration to attend Expo! Expo! in New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-13 December 2018

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


Deadline for application submissions was 1 June

More information and form requests for the scholarship program can be obtained at the CEIR Foundation headquarters or by contacting Peggy Johnston at (972) 687-9202.