Scholarships

 
The FFMA Executive Committee has developed the scholarship program to provide students who are interested in the public assembly facility management profession an opportunity to learn more about the career in the industry, as well as a chance to network with practitioners in the field to learn of internships and entry-level positions, and also to nurture and grow future leaders in our industry.

To submit a scholarship application, follow the instructions on the application, apply online or mail the completed application to the following address. Make sure you attach any documents indicated as needed per the application.

Renee Musson
Scholarship Committee Chairman for FFMA
University of Florida
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL 32611
musson@ufl.edu
 
$500 FFMA Annual Conference Internship
Purpose: To provide a student who is interested in the public assembly facility management industry profession and/or a related field an opportunity to learn more about the profession and industry; and to provide the chance to network with practitioners within the field to learn of internship and job opportunities in the state of Florida.

This year's conference will be held June 16-18, 2019 in Palm Beach, FL.
Deadline to apply is on or before April 19, 2019.
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$1000 College Scholarship
Purpose: To provide a scholarship to a graduating high school senior or to a student attending an accredited university, college or community college, undergraduate or graduate school program who is interested in pursuing a career in the public assembly facility management and/or related field.

Deadline to apply is on or before April 19, 2019.

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$1000 IAVM VenueConnect Annual Conference & Tradeshow Scholarship
Purpose: To provide a student who is interested in the public assembly facility management profession and/or a related field an opportunity to learn more about the profession and industry; and to provide the chance to network with practitioners within the field to learn of internship and job opportunities in the industry.

This year's conference is July 21-24, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois,
Deadline to apply is on or before April 19, 2019.
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$75 FFMA Operations Seminar Scholarship
Purpose: To provide a student who is interested in the public assembly facility management profession and/or a related field an opportunity to learn more about the profession and industry; and to provide the chance to network with practitioners within the field to learn of internship and job opportunities in the State of Florida.

Date: Friday, September 29
Location: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee
More information about this year's OPS Seminar.
Deadline to apply is on or before September 15, 2019.
 
       

A comment from a past recipient of our scholarship.

After working my way up the ranks at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, formerly known as the Stephen C. O’Connell Center,  I knew I stumbled on a potential career path that was fun, challenging and I was good at.   The more involved I became with the building, the more I wanted to know about the industry.  Then in 2006 I was given the opportunity to win the IAVM Venue Connect Scholarship and I won.  Not knowing what that truly meant, I excitedly flew out to San Antonio with my building directors for the conference.  What I saw was hundreds of professionals, who I aspired to become, teaching and sharing industry experiences and concerns to make each of their facilities the best it could be.  Winning the scholarship and taking the trip gave me first hand knowledge of just how large the facility industry is and also gave me the opportunity to make connections with people from all over.  To anyone who has the opportunity to win the IAVM Venue Connect Scholarship, take it and run with it because after attending the conference all I wanted to do was learn more and grow into a leader in the industry.  Since then I have done that and strive to continue that success story.
-  Lavar Smith

Past Scholarship Recipients:
Year College Scholarship IAVM Venue Scholarship Operations Seminar FFMA Annual Conference
2005 Kathlene Dayton Kathlene Dayton Lori Graham David Lucier
2006 Lori Graham Lavar Smith (UF)   Charissa Matos (UCF)
2007 Dean Easterling, (UCF) Daniel Larson (Brevard Community College)   Noelle Nardello (FGCU)
2008 Christopher Topping (UF) Daniel Larson (Brevard Community College)   Karen Williams (UF)
2009 Stephanie Jarred Carrey Steusen 4 given
 
 
2010 Justin Andrew     Casey McClear
2011 Michael Rogalsky (UF) Kevin Ang (UCF) 5 given Alexandra Richter (UFPAC)
2012 Emmanuel Ortiz (UCF) Andrea Wherry  (UF) 0 given Andrew Echanique  (UF)
2013 Marryam Khan (UF)
Andrew  Echanique (UF)
Shari Nahr,
Melissa Williams, Daniela Higuera, Esteban Urrea
Mikala Porcano (FGCU)
2014 Christina Miller Shane Randall Con Bailey,
David Lynard
Candace Johnson
2015 Stavros Triantafyllidis   25 given (not charged) Joshua Hendricks (UF)
2016 Kacey Musson Zakiya Smith-Dore 3 given Shane Cummings (FAU)
2017 Yuhua Xu Jeff Paszternak (Nova SE) (not held) Brendon Clough (UF)
2018 Not offered Kayla Ann Bond Tbd Tony Clement (UF)