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ESPA continues support of hospitality students by awarding scholarship

Amber MitchellIn a continuous effort to support students studying in the hospitality management field, the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA, formerly ACOM) announced Metropolitan State College of Denver student Amber Mitchell as the recipient of the fifth annual Donald S. Freeman, Jr. ESPA Conference Scholarship. This year’s program drew in nearly 20 applications from the U.S. and Canada including Colorado, Florida, Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon and Toronto.

Designed to support continued excellence in convention and event services, the scholarship program is sponsored by Freeman, the world’s leading provider of integrated services for face-to-face marketing events. The winner is selected by a panel of ESPA members based on the student’s academic accomplishments, work experience that demonstrates a strong interest in convention and event services/meeting planning as a career path and an insightful essay.

As the winner, Mitchell will attend the Annual Conference held January 6-8, 2012, at the U.S. Grant in San Diego, Calif. At the conference, Mitchell will be involved with on-site meeting management tasks, enabling her to see first-hand the inner workings of a conference. Mitchell will also act as ESPA’s roving reporter interviewing Conference attendees, which will enable her to network with industry professionals as well as take part in educational sessions. A representative from Freeman will mentor Mitchell before, during and after the conference.

“Year after year, our recipients possess the passion and drive needed to take the profession to the next level,” said Eric Blanc, CMP, ESPA president. “The knowledge and tools Amber will take away from the sessions at the conference will be a great asset to her as she moves forward in her career.”

ESPA will honor Mitchell during the Conference at a luncheon on January 7, 2012. The conference will feature educational sessions and dynamic speakers that will help attendees re-engage with their customers and enhance their level of service.

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