IEBA will award more than 20 scholarships in 2017. Students enrolled in accredited entertainment business programs at five universities (Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, New Mexico State University, Murray State University, and John Brown University) are eligible to receive scholarship funds. These scholarships honor two of IEBA’s founders, Hap Peebles and Don Romeo, as well as industry leaders J.P. Williams, George Moffett, Barbara Hubbard, Barry Jeffrey, Mike Smardak, Steve Tolman, Terry Elam, and Charlie Daniels.
Achievement in Campus Programming Scholarship
Achievement in Campus Programming (ACP) Scholarships will be awarded for excellence and leadership in campus programming. Recipients will receive a $2,500 cash scholarship plus an all-expense-paid trip to Nashville for the 47th Annual IEBA Conference.
Applying for ACP Scholarships:
To apply, students must be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited two or four-year college or university. Applicants must be a junior or senior during the 2017/2018 school year, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. They must also be involved in live entertainment programming on their school’s campus and hold a significant leadership position on the student activities board, campus programming board, or the like. Applicants are required to provide a written recommendation from 1) a live entertainment industry professional, and 2) a professor or programming board advisor. Cash awards will be distributed at the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year.
Summer Internship Scholarships
IEBA distributes $15,000 in Summer Internship Scholarships annually. Each year, ten students receive $1,500 each. The program is designed to help offset the living expenses associated with an internship and help give students the invaluable experience of interning with a festival, fair, concert venue, booking agency, promoter, or other professional in the live entertainment industry.
Qualifying for Summer Internship Scholarships:
To qualify, students must be enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college or university or a vocational/technical school. Applicants must have completed 45 hours of academic coursework with a 2.5 or higher grade point average on a scale of 4.0. It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure and complete an internship for the summer. The internship must be with a reputable company whose main activities fall within the scope of the live entertainment industry. The internship does not have to be secured at the time the application is submitted, but funds will only be released to students who obtain internships.
2016 Summer Internship Scholarship Winners:
Kayla Burns – Missouri State University, interning at Starlight Theater in Kansas City, MO
Bremond Byrd – New York University, interning at MAC Presents in New York, NY
Thomas Dapron Jr. – Missouri State University, interning at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO
Grace Donaldson – Murray State University, interning at The Carson Center in Paducah, KY
Samara Koenning – Belmont University, interning at Country Thunder and Craven Country Jamboree in Craven, SK
Rachel Kovan – Vanderbilt University, interning at WME in New York, NY
Meghan Laverty – Drexel University, interning at This Fiction Management in New York, NY
Garrett Lee – Belmont University, interning at AEG Live in Nashville, TN
Lauren McLamb – Belmont University, interning at WME in Nashville, TN
Madeline Robinson – University of South Carolina, interning at C3 Presents in New York, NY
Caroline Wiewiorowski – Loyola University New Orleans, interning at The Bowery Presents South in New Orleans, LA