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David Riddell Memorial Scholarship

The David Riddell Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of SITE Past President David Riddell to provide an opportunity for worthy individuals to participate in SITE educational programs. The scholarship will fund Global Conference attendance costs up to $3000 for recipients chosen based on financial need, nomination from a SITE chapter presidents, and to ensure the future growth of SITE as David envisioned.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the SITE Foundation Board of Trustees and must submit an application form and essay.

Nomination Process

  1. The individual should be financially in need of the scholarship. No senior executives or those who can afford to attend the International Conference will be considered.  This determination is made by the nominating local SITE chapter or the SITE  Foundation’s education committee.
  2. The individual need not be a member of SITE, however the individual must be recommended by the President and/or Board of Directors of a local SITE chapter.
  3. The individual can be a student or someone currently employed in motivational experiences or a related field. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age.


The award includes registration, airfare stipend, lodging, and transfers.

How to Apply

Each nominated applicant will be required to:

  • Complete the Scholarship Application and send it along with your essay to by Thursday, 6 July 2018Click here to download the 2018 application. 
  • Write an essay of 1000 -1500 words on one of the following topics, all of which were valued by the late David Riddell for whom this scholarship is named. 
    Incentive Travel – Discuss the role of motivation during challenging economic times and how industry professionals should consider their service offerings and messaging in the marketplace.
    Global Connections – Explain how insights and connections you have gained through SITE membership and local chapter affiliation have been beneficial to you. 
    Evolution – Discuss the evolution of the incentive travel industry and how your professional growth will be shaped by the progression you have witnessed.

The David Riddell Scholarship will only be awarded to a qualified, exceptional candidate. The SITE Foundation reserves the right to withhold the scholarship if an exceptional candidate is not identified.

Please contact with any questions.

Congratulations to the 2017 David Riddell Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Windsor Crawford

Business Development Manager, Cultivate Premium Gifts

Atlanta, GA, USA

As a growing professional and future leader, I have had experiences like volunteering as President of SITE Southeast Young Leaders and co-leading a panel at the SITE Young Leader Conference in 2016. The David Riddell scholarship will enable me to further my SITE education and valuable relationships. It is a learning experience I would not have been able to do for myself due to the closure of my previous employer and my new employer’s present budget. Attending the SITE + MPI Global Forum provides me the opportunity to become better educated, make global connections, and be directed and shaped by SITE leaders worldwide.  As my career continues to grow, like David Riddell, I aspire to be a mentor to other members of the SITE family and help guide them to become future leaders.

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Gary Gaughan

Project Assistant, Ovation Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Having recently completed a four-year degree in Events Management, I am full of drive and energy. I want to be able to share this enthusiasm and fresh eyes with other members of SITE. In my current role as a project assistant within Ovation Ireland I have a burning desire for incentive travel. I am honoured to receive the David Riddell scholarship, which will enable me to attend the SITE + MPI Global Forum. I look forward to learning from the programme, particularly from other attendees, whilst also hoping to be able to share my knowledge with those around me.

Ashley Himebaugh

Account Manager, FIRE Light Group

Madison, WI, USA

Being member of SITE is such an important part of my professional development. Since joining 3 years ago, I have had the opportunity to meet leaders from all over the world who have inspired me to continue working in the industry and be the best that I can be.  As a member of SITE Young Leaders, we are developing an amazing community of next generation of SITE Leaders that will ensure that the organization continues to thrive and grow into the future. I am honored to be selected as a recipient of the David Riddell Scholarship, which will allow me to continue my professional development in this great industry.

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Natalie Mufutau

CIS, Sales Manager,

Turku, Finland

Completing a Masters in Events Management with certification of Project Management from Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences (Finland) gave me an initial knowledge of the MICE industry. However, it was the CIS that opened the doors to the comprehensive theory and practice of incentive travel and motivational events to drive business results. The SITE + MPI Global Forum 2018 in Rome is a historic event that will have a great influence on the future of our industry. As a recipient of the David Riddell Scholarship, I am privileged to gain this extraordinary learning experience, which will be a breakthrough in my professional development and help me recharge and build my career in the industry.

About David Riddell

As a member and past president of SITE, David Riddell was always upbeat about the incentive travel industry and forever the promoter of the value of performance improvement. As a leader of SITE, he envisioned what the organization could look like in the future, and worked diligently to effect change and mold the Society into the leading global authority in our industry. He believed in SITE. He was approachable. He was full of life. He was everyone’s friend. He was a mentor, a visionary and a leader.