Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship

The Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship (LTMS) honors Linda Thompson, who was a vital part of the Destination Management Company (DMC) profession and event industry. She was an owner of Cappa and Graham, Inc. in San Francisco, CA and a vital part of the DMC Network.  Linda dedicated herself to mentoring young professionals and raising the level of excellence in the DMC industry.

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ADMEI acknowledges that education is a critical element to the success of those pursuing a career in the DMC industry and is proud to administer the LTMS Program. Each $1,000 scholarship is payable to an accredited college or university with a meetings management or hospitality program.

Winners are announced at ADMEI’s Annual Conference, held in February. Recipients that elect to attend the Conference receive a complimentary conference registration, hotel accommodations, and airfare assistance to and from the event.

Deadline for 2020 Scholarship Entries - November 1, 2019


Applications are accepted from individuals throughout the world who are preparing for a career in Destination Management. The length of the program must be one year or longer.  Two scholarships may be awarded:  one to a North American student and one to a non-North American student.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the  2020 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship Application.
    1. Save in PDF Format.
    2. Include Last Name in file name: LTMS Application – [Last Name]
  2. Submit a Résumé
  3. Submit a Letter of Recommendation from either a college/university professor or a professional in the event industry that verifies:
    1. Applicant’s commitment and ability to complete the educational program
    2. Experience in the event management industry, whether volunteer or paid
    3. Aptitude to deal with the demands of the Destination Management profession
  4. Essay (minimum 250 words) covering the following topics (all documents should be submitted in English):
    1. Explanation of interest in the Destination Management/Event Management industry.
    2. Explanation of knowledge or experience in the Destination Management/Event Management field.
    3. Focus of study and goals.
    4. How would receiving this scholarship help you achieve your stated goals.
    5. What is the last event you attended?  What did you like about it?  What would you do differently?

Send application, letter of recommendation, and resume in one email addressed to with the Subject Line: LTMS Application – [Last name].

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by the ADMEI Scholarship Committee comprised of Destination Management professionals.  The decision will be made prior to the ADMEI Annual Conference and the winners will be notified immediately.  Winners will also be acknowledged at the 2020 ADMEI Annual Conference.

2020 ADMEI Annual Conference
30 January - 1 February 2020
Sheraton Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico  USA

Scholarship winner(s) need not be present to accept the scholarship; however, winners that elect to attend receive a complimentary conference registration, hotel accommodations, and airfare assistance to and from the event.